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Geaux Vader
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My experience with intermittent fasting
Hello all just wanted to recommend intermittent fasting for anyone who isn't happy with their weight and/or exercise regimen.

I'm 5'10 and 33 year old male. Started intermittent fasting last July on the 16-8 plan 6 days a week. This quickly changed to OMAD 4 days a week and 16-8 two days a week( Friday Saturday). Sunday was always my cheat day.

I was 193 pounds when I started and I weighed myself this morning at 166.

I have always used weights 4-5 times a week and cardio on my elliptical as much as possible but the bad weight didn't come off until I started IF and specifically OMAD. I now enjoy eating whatever I want for dinner, save money and lose weight. Highly recommend.


mmill32
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
I'm a believer in intermittent fasting, although usually have nutrition if I do a CrossFit workout in AM. Glad to hear it worked for you and success you've had. With that said, it's a stretch to call elliptical cardio and expect drastic weight-loss / cutting from it.


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StringedInstruments
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
How do you time your meals with workouts?

I lift and run in the mornings, but family dinner time is important. Not sure if it’d be healthy to lift heavy or run long distance at 7am and not eat until 7pm.


Boring
Member since Feb 2019
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
As a kid, I never woke up in time to eat breakfast and didn’t eat lunch at school because I get nervous eating in front of other people. So I wasn’t eating my first meal until 3:30-4:00, then dinner about 8:00. I’ve unknowingly been “intermittent fasting” the majority of my life and have always been on the skinnier side (although not necessarily lean).

I believe it works but it’s pretty obvious that you’re more likely to eat less of if you’ve only got a small window to do so. No real magic to IF, but I’m glad to hear you’re having success with it.


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Geaux Vader
Member since May 2020
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
I workout at 6 am and eat at 6 pm


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northshorebamaman
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
I'm starting out right now. I tried doing full 24 hr fasts twice a week but I would end up so hungry by bedtime that it would backfire and I'd end up eating a bunch of food right before bed. I'm starting 16:8 this week and don't really think I'll have any problems because I've never been a big breakfast eater. Don't drink so no issues there.

OMAD sounds interesting. I'm trying this out for insulin control rather than weight loss and that sounds even more conducive to that.


hey benji
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
Would an iced almond milk latte kill a fasting routine in the morning? The calories seem small but I'm thinking even the smallest amount would stop the fast.

Correct?
This post was edited on 5/26 at 9:54 am


northshorebamaman
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Would an iced almond milk latte kill a fasting routine in the morning? The calories seem small but I'm thinking even the smallest amount would stop the fast.

Correct?
I don't know but good timing. I was just sipping my coffee with almond milk and wondering the same thing.


Geaux Vader
Member since May 2020
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
I have read that 30-40 calories is what will break a fast so I stick to water and black coffee. My biggest hurdle is not putting stuff in my coffee


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OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
Anything the body has to metabolize breaks a fast.


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lsu777
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
Technically anything breaks the fast But there is nothing special about IF, it's just an easy way to control calories. Worry less about if something breaks your fast and more about overall caloric and macro intake.


dallastiger55
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Member since Jan 2010
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
I’m a big fan of IF and OMAD

Curious what’s the reaction if you’re going all out on OMAD with your wife and people around you when you go out to eat for dinner? Lol

I’ve gotten some looks when I order 2 meals and an app


Geaux Vader
Member since May 2020
103 posts

re: My experience with intermittent fasting
haha I just order whatever I want, but have eaten a quick snack in the car. The worst is when there is a working lunch where everyone else is eating.


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Boo Krewe
Member since Apr 2015
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
what exactly is your dieft for intermittent fasting


Geaux Vader
Member since May 2020
103 posts

re: My experience with intermittent fasting
Legitimately eat whatever I’m craving. I mean I don’t go overload on fast food or anything


Boo Krewe
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
You don't eat after 8 pm ?


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NotoriousFSU
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re: My experience with intermittent fasting
Good stuff man! Sounds like you went through a very similar protocol as I have in the past, and I’m absolutely positive this is some sort of health hack that yields undeniable results.

Now that my gym is back open I’m following a strict OMAD schedule M-Th and then easing up for the weekend with typically a 16:8 fasting window. I drink plenty of water, tea and black coffee during during my fasts which helps curb appetite. Workouts are usually after work for the most part, but I want to burn off this quarantine fat so I need to start doing light morning cardio. Like you mentioned, I eat whatever I’m craving for my one meal and the cut off for my eating window is 7:30pm.

This approach has been the most effective from my experience in terms of “dieting” without the typical restrictions attached to more standard diets. It honestly taught me a great lesson of mind over matter when it comes to self control and dietary discipline. Would highly recommend.
This post was edited on 5/28 at 5:32 pm


Geaux Vader
Member since May 2020
103 posts

re: My experience with intermittent fasting
Ditto! I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I do. It’s great not worrying about food all day then when you finally do eat it’s so damn delicious


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