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10/9/19 6:58 P

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Hi all! Just started the 4:3 fasting protocol on Monday. Tuesday was my first fasting day and I cant believe I made it 36.14 hrs 0 calories!! This is the longest I've ever fasted. In fact I've never made it past 16 hrs for the 16:8 in the past. I'm down 5.6lbs already and feeling great!

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6/2/19 1:29 P

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Greetings!
Just joined because this is a multi-fast supporting group.

I seem to be on a 15:9 pattern, somewhat naturally, and I知 watching how the results go.
But I lean toward nutritarian (eat to live/Joel Furhman- and I知 watching the debate. He痴 not a final word, just a hey this is a plan).
So, sometimes the 15 is tough, because the salads aren稚 so hearty like meat eaters report their meals.
I do not eat meat on an ethical stance related to production and food justice. I eat occasional local fish (trout).

I知 in the mental food diary stage of figuring out what triggers hunger to a challenging level.

I find the sensation of hunger has interesting phases, and I知 okay with knowing them.

What I do mentally roll my eyes with is my fretting about when the window is on a work day, a non work day, and a date night.
I will slide it an hour in any direction, but I find it痴 a little worry in the back of my head.

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I'm so sorry I didn't catch your question, AZ.
The 4:3 fast is when you consume 500 calories or less three times per week. I did Mon, Wed, Fri as my fasting days and lost weight quickly combining it with a low carb diet.

The first number is the number of regular eating days.
The second number is the fasting (500 calorie) days.

The most common (and easier) fasting in this manner is called 5:2. I can maintain on 5:2 but know in my heart I need to do the 4:3 in order to lose.

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I知 doing 18:6. And also planning for a 3 day fast at least once a month if not twice a month to take advantage of autophagy.

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1/31/19 12:30 P

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My current plan is a daily 12-14 hour fast (including while asleep) primarily for circadian rhythm regulation, and a monthly five-day Fast Mimicking Diet (based on Dr. Valter Longo's work) for autophagy and accelerated fat loss.

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What's the 4:3 fast?

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Hello, my name is Joy and started fasting on Oct 10th. I never eat breakfast because it tends to make me more hungry all day. Some days I eat one meal and other days a light lunch and a good dinner. I've been tracking my calories (sort of). I'm working hard at eating a variety of foods which is nice after being on a low carb diet. It's a lot of work for me to stay away from the junk because I have a sweet tooth. Working on portion control.

Kathryn, how do you stick with OMAD? My husband can do it but I don't last very long with that fasting method.

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Hi all that see this, my name is Kathryn and I am doing the OMAD fasting. Have done the Every Other DAY Fasting where you eat just 500 calories every other day and found myself thinking to much about what to eat next. With the one meal a day I am doing better.
I am 62 years old and love to take walks. I have been on Spark since 2011 and had lost 50 pounds. My hubby broke his neck in 2016 and I put back on 20 pounds. It is time to take action.

Kathryn, Sacramento, CA Pacific time, I am doing the best I can that will have to be enough






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Hi everyone!!
Im started the 4:3 diet this week and I have already lost 5lbs!! I think I finally found a diet that will work for me and help me not only reach my goal but maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Hello everyone, so glad to see some new faces in the discussion. Welcome.

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Hi everyone. I am new to this team and to fasting. I completed my first 20:4 fast 2 weeks ago for 5 days. It went well. It was difficult but I got through it. Afterwards, I wanted to incorporate it into my life as a lifestyle change. It keeps me from snacking throughout the day and when I do eat, I am more aware of what I am eating and why. I am going to continue on with the 20:4 fasting, and wanted to be in a group where I can learn more about fasting and different meal options while fasting.

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I started fasting 4 weeks ago using the 16/8 approach. I lost 6 pounds over 3 weeks, which made me pretty happy since I could barely lose a quarter pounder per week last year when I tried to lose weight the way I always have.

This past week I switched to 18/6 simply because meal timing was just a little too awkward for my work schedule. I am liking this schedule a lot more. I eat my first meal at 6:30, my second meal at 10:00 break and my third meal at noon. This keeps me in sync with my co-workers. That way if work gets super hectic, I don't have to worry about trying to squeeze in my last meal while working at the same time.

My calories are between 1200 and 1300 per day so I am calorie restricting too. I am 49 so I don't believe I can eat whatever I want in my eating window and still lose weight. I am also post menopause 9 years due to a hysterectomy when I 40. So no estrogen or testosterone to help with weight control.

Right now, carbs make up about 40% of my calories. As soon as I finish up some foods I have on hand, I am going to try a new menu plan that lowers carbs to 22% without sacrificing fiber. I need my fiber. :-) I don't know if I want to try keto. I am still thinking about it. Right now, I am in the slow carb camp.

I started this journey at 161.6 pounds. I am currently 154.2. My goal is 125 by the end of the year. Normal weight for my height ranges from 110 to 144 according to BMI charts. I will be really excited to get below 144 so I am no longer classified as overweight.

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5/14/18 9:45 P

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So fasting is a totally new concept to me. Wanted to try something out to see if it would help me get and stay on the right track. Just started this week and tomorrow is my first fasting day. Using the 5:2 method and an app on my phone call LifeSum for tracking. Also started to drink a lot more water, trying to make water what I drink 99% of the time, with the occasional non-water treat! I have been drinking way too much soda and high-sugar juices.

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What am I doing? Such a great question, I was settling in with IF and trying to incorporate Keto guidelines except there seems a lot of wiggle room with Keto. I have added a full fasting day just to level my blood glucose into the mix. And then I happened on Dr. Reddy and some of his theories. At the moment I am comfortable with how I am eating but due to so much that Dr. Reddy has researched and his results, I may start moving towards incorporating his information into what I am doing. I only have to add the salt and caffeine and saturated fats on my ban list..............caffeine no problem, now salt and bacon???? We shall see.

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Hi Meddy Peddy - glad to meet you!! Your English is excellent. No need to worry.

I worry about getting off track too. I just had an almost two week period of company, huge birthday party for my 80 year old father-in-law, and a trip (5 hours away) up to Dallas to celebrate my best friend's wedding. I feel like I did the best I could, but definitely felt some of the pressure to eat when others were eating. And drinking.

Anyway - I'm back on track, and my plan for the remainder of February and all of March is to eat only two meals most days, and only one meal 3 days a week. Maybe M-W-F, but adjustable to fit the schedule my life dictates.

Since I had a long period of time sort of going off track, I'm not going to weigh until next Monday. I'll do the best I can until then, and see what the deal is then.



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MeddyPeddy Your English is wonderful. No worries at all. Love that you have poured your heart out on this thread. If you blog about fasting you may get some negative feedback but not here. Right now I, too, am trying the one meal a day fasting approach to eating. Like you, I can eat a lot in 8 hours so that just didn't work. Glad you are here.



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Hi, I am new to this team and I found it because I was looking around for teams that explored ideas like 5:2 and 16:8. I am swedish and live in Sweden where the 5:2 diet had an explosive success when Michael Mosleys BBC program was shown on television. I loved the idea as I had been successful with fasting days earlier, but found that I could not manage it. I could starve but I could not eat between starving... Then came 16:8 which was interesting but still I can eat A LOT in eight hours.

Last year was a really bad year for my weight. I retired from my employment but my pension is so low so I have to keep on working also, so I am self-employed. I stopped weighing because to me, it is not about the weight, itエs about the behaviour, I am a compulsive overeater and Have gotten the diagnose BED although the treatment was weak, they are better with anorectic teenagers than with bingeing elederly.

It IS about the behaviour, but I need the scale as well, without it I easily fall inte denial, not really noticing that I do eat to much. i donエt eat fast food, I am not into sweets or cookies, I eat healthy food but far too much!

Do you remember the 90:ies, when most dieticians preached that you needed three meals and three snacks a day? To me every time I eat is a big risk to overeat so I had a silent revolution in skipping the snacks. And then came Mosley - halleluia! It was suddely allowed not to eat att all for a day or two.

Anyway weighin in before christmas brought a big shock, I had reached all time high att 152 kilos! Sheer shock made me lose two of them before january the first and then I launched a plan I had pondered upon for a while, I would try to eat only one meal a day. Nor restrictions on that meal, I would eat whatever I wanted, try to stay with one serving and that was it.

As a result I have lost 12 kilos so far but that is not the most important thing as a experienced dietr I am used to lose 10-20 kilos during a couple of months. The important thing is that I feel so great with it. I have had to fight some cravings at night but as I am working with other tools as well (from Gillian Riley: Eating less) I am progressing. And I do think that I could do this for the rest of my life, it really suits the person I am.

Coming here I learn that my "Invention" has already been invented! There is this OMAD diet, I am really baffled. The hard thing about this way of eating is that I donエt really dare to speak about it as I am afraid of demeaning comments from those who have no idea what compulsive eating is or no idea of how many things I tried and failed with.

My plan is the same as Keren (?) Karen (?) I read in this thread. I will continue with this tool and if it keep on being as successful as it has been so far, I will start talking about it after six months or longer.

It has not been perfect at all, I have had two binges and some evening "mistakes" but what gives me hope is that it has been really easy to return to my decided pattern, normally a "Mistake" or a binge means days, months or longer before I can get back to plan.

It seems that this is a great place to be for support on my unusual plan.

One thing more I donエt entirely stay away from calories the 23 hours I do not eat. I take milk in my coffe and I have found that a thermos with ginger, tea, milk and a teaspoon of honey helps in the evening. A problem is to get enough fluid when I eat OMAD so this is a solution that seems to work. I have counted calories just to check and I end up with 800- 2000 calorie for a day wich is far less than my still very fat body needs.

AND 蔓my native tongue is NOT english, so excuse any "weirdiness" in my post.



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How true! I completed the 5:2 this week and am proud to say lost almost 2 pounds. I am hoping this will continue. I am going to try to eat less than my limit on off days as well. That is my November goal.

I am losing weight 10% at a time. I can do this!
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I can't use the word "diet" or I put on pounds. (Did you know that 'dieting' is one of the therapies they use with anorexics?) So when I choose (choice is the big trigger for any special way of eating on a particular day), I drink two or three IdealShakes instead of eating meals. For a snack I might eat some cucumber. IdealShakes are 100 calories when mixed with water. I might beef up the flavor with Walden Flavors. Or with plain vanilla, I'll mix it with diet soda: orange or Pepsi. Right now I have a can of Egg Nog and I put nutmeg in it. 'Tis the season!

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10/28/17 9:46 A

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Nice to see people here! I am planning on trying the 5:2 fasting...I found it in a book called The Fast Diet. Two days a week you eat only 500-600 calories at the end of the day (24 hours after your evening meal the day before). The rest of the week, you just stay in your range. I was able to do it one week and lost 5 pounds. Then I went to a conference...and went off track. I am back and getting aboard this week. My fast days are Mondays and Thursdays.

Looking forward to learning more about you. I am married with two children...well adults really. They are both in college. I work as a speech therapist for special needs' students so I follow the school calendar. My husband is a dentist. We live in rural NY

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I'm mainly doing OMAD, with maybe 2MAD on weekends. I agree - it's hard to talk about it with people who haven't studied the science of it all. I would like to keep it up and lose all my extra weight (maybe 35 more pounds) or whatever I weigh when I like the way I look, and then talk about it with others who may ask how I did it.

But I haven't had enough success to get on a bandwagon just yet.

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I actually just started back up after taking nearly a year off. But it worked so well for me last time I want to give it another try. This is my 2nd week and I am on my 3rd fasting day of this week.
My husband tries to be supportive but he does occasionally make comments about how he wishes I would eat more often. I think it is partly that he is someone who likes to eat every 3 hours or so. So I think he can't imagine long spaces between meals. I have always been a meal skipper and have never eaten much before 11am so this plan works well for me. I find after about 24 hours I don't have hunger.
My cousin is just like your boss. She is thin, but completely obsessed with food. She counts calories and fats and ingredients and tracks everything she eats compulsively. And she does stay thin but I just couldn't live that way, having food tracking a part of every minute of every day!

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It's funny, my husband is totally on board with me doing this program and has been great, but I mentioned it to my boss back in the spring and since then she will occasionally make comments about my how I'm "starving" myself. I'm so annoyed I even mentioned it to her. She is not overweight but totally obsessed with weight and food and I went and gave her ammunition. Seriously, I'm the one who is obese but she is the one with a bizarre relationship with food! Ugh.

I now know that it's better to just tell people that you are counting calories (we are!) and end the conversation there. I'm doing 5:2. How long have you been doing 4:3?

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10/25/17 10:06 P

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Looks like this place is moving kind of slow but I hope to find some others doing fasting for weight loss. I am doing something close to a 4:3 right now. It is going well but it is so hard to find others who are up to date on the current science about fasting. I don't talk about my fasting with anyone in my family or friends circle because they are all stuck on the old ideas "starvation mode, muscle loss etc" If you are fasting for weight loss and looking for encouragement feel free to friend me! Will be checking in with this group often!

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I found the Eat Stop Eat online but couldn't find it at Barnes and Noble...so I bought the book the Fast Diet. It advocates 2 days of fasting per week. To them fasting means 500 or less calories and then a normal diet the rest of the week. I am going to do my fasting day tomorrow. Excited to see if this works for me.

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I just found a podcast called "IFPODCAST" by Melanie Avalon and Gin Stephens, two promoters of Intermittent Fasting. They are so interesting!! There are 20 so far, I have only gotten through 3 since they are 30 minutes long or so, but they take listener questions which is super fun.

Instead of counting how long you are fasting, Gin Stephens talks about counting your eating window. You open it when you start eating, and you close it when you are done eating for the day. Then you track how many hours it's been open against your weight loss. So far, so good. I'll post my weight loss for the week on Wednesdays.



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Cool! I am on day 3 and feel GREAT! It's only the a.m. but I don't think I'll obsess about food today, I think I'm getting in the groove. Keep me posted on your progress.

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I am also doing OMAD - and plan to try for a 3 full day fast once a month. Water and coffee only. Doing the BLC-35, and hope to continue this for the full 12 weeks!

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I'm currently doing a 25 days 24 hour fast -- one meal a day (800-900) calories, during the fast I only drink water, black coffee, black or green tea with no sweeteners.

After this is over, I plan to do the 18/6. Not sure, but I may add one or two days a week fast if this proves to slow my weight loss.

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Every-Other-Day Diet. Have been loving it so far. Simple and do-able. I love that you only have to do it for one day, knowing that the next day you're off the hook--although I haven't felt starving on my "feast" days either, and have been eating pretty reasonably on those days. Even with some interruptions for eclipse traveling and gearing up for a Healthy Wager, I'm still down 8 pounds in just over 2 weeks. Woot!

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BSD is Blood Sugar Diet and I believe it's a pretty intense 8 weeks of 800 calories a day but I'm not positive there.


I'm fasting for five days- or I'm going to try to. Then I'm returning to 5:2

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I am on week 2 of the 5:2 diet. I did the 16/8 for a few weeks and enjoyed it, however it did not always fit my schedule.
So far so good and it being Monday, today is my 'fasting day'.

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What is BSD? And then 800 calories?

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Hi! I'm starting the BSD 800 calorie 8 week fast tomorrow.

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I'm planning on starting 16:8 fasting today. I'll eat my first meal at about 12:00-1:00 and I usually eat arround 6:30-7:00 in the evening. As I've not started properly yet, I'm not sure if I will need a snack in between those meals or not. I will try not to snack to start with and see how it goes.

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I am new to intermittent fasting, but I am trying to only eat between 12-8pm. So far it has been good. Does anyone IF and track calories? I am but I am having trouble getting enough in. I am finding I am fuller faster...and I am satisfied. I don't want to eat just to get more calories in.

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Hi everyone!!

I am currently doing the 16:8 Intermittent Fasting 7 days a week. I am also eating low carb high fat. I try to stay under 30 total carbs per day. Plus no sugar in my diet. I just began this protocol this week so not really sure of any weight loss yet. But I do feel less bloated. I have been eating LCHF for the past 6 months and have loss 15 pounds. I have about 40 more pounds to lose. I decided to do the intermittent fasting to keep my insulin low and begin losing again.

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Hi!

Good to see someone post on here finally!

I am currently doing the 16:8 fast 7 days a week! I fast 16 hours and then take in nourishment 8 hours until I then start the 16 hours fast again. Even though the eating plan doesn't limit carbs, I limit to 30 grams max per day. I fill up on salads and salmon/tuna and chicken for protein with beef maybe once or twice a week. I also take a shot of ACV/lime juice once per day and absolutely NO SUGAR. I've lost 3 lbs per week so far. I plan to switch over to the 20:4 fast in the next few days.

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I am over eating far more since I lost my job and am depressed! I still fast Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's it is the other four days that I go wild on. I have gone over my 500 calories on some fasting day's but not often. I hope everyone is fasting happily on this team!

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I'm doing OMAD (one meal a day) during the week, and then eating keto on weekends and for dinner. I've been doing this for a week now, and have lost nearly 5 pounds. A great start. I've been reading up on the benefits of fasting, and think that not only will it help me lose some weight (I've got about 30 pounds to lose) but will help with health. I'm planning on doing this for 2 months, and then inventory where I am, where I want to go, and how easy I can follow this plan. Maybe transfer to a 16:8 at that point.

I believe in fasting - it's quick, it's easy, and it's definitely affordable. The only downside is the negative comments from others who don't understand it, which is why I love Spark!

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I'm fasting from dinner one night until dinner (or after dinner) the next night 1 day per week. I'm doing this primarily for the autophagy benefit, not primarily for weight loss-but I generally shed a few pounds--especially if I keep my water up during the fast (approximately 4 ounces every 30 waking minutes)

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I've found ignoring exercise was the best place to start. I'm about to start including a dog walk in the weekends but otherwise no real 'plans' and finally I'm getting in the groove. Hopefully it helps you too.

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I've gone through so many plans trying to find something that works without killing me, but haven't found anything yet that works without suffering. I'm trying IF + lazy keto now. I'm only tracking carbs & calories, not exercise. I'm doing 16:8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I tried 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. but I was so hungry in the morning, I have to change.

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I usually do the 8/16 plan...but I feel I need a detox this week after all the celebrations.
I really have a problem with night eating...the plan is a 3 day fast....day 2 is always the toughest...so early into bed I will go...
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Every other day modified fast-500 calories on alternate days and regular healthy eating the rest of the time. Trying to avoid flour and sugar but not totally eliminating it.

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I'm new to IF, but I have Night Eating Syndrome, so regular diets leave me starving at night. I'm not hungry during the day at all, so I figure if I do the 16:8 from about 1-9 p.m., I'll be a lot more successful.

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I'm doing 4:3, I fast mon/wed/fri and consider under 1000 to be a fast especially while I adjust back in after a gap over the holidays. I don't eat any particular type of food, just what I want and can afford.

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Shall I revive this thread?
emoticon If you are new to fasting please realize everyone on this team is very different with their approach. Fasting for health is very interesting. It can really fit anyone's lifestyle and we each have to figure out what works for ourselves.

I do the 5:2 Fast Diet.
I choose to eat low carb foods and really do not count calories but just guess at how many I consume on the two fasting days. To make it easier I just fix a salad with protein/fats on my fasting day for my evening meal. It is filling and probably 500-700 calories in total.
Fasting days are easy for me. I'm very used to it and find drinking teas, flavored sugar free drinks and coffee help. By the time I have supper I fill up quickly.
The 5 "regular" eating days is where I struggle. I absolutely hate counting calories so I just don't. My real struggle is with sugar and that is a big NO-NO on a low carb diet.
I choose to eat low carb because it keeps me full... is easy to prepare... and got my husband off his blood pressure medication. It also helped me reduce migraines tremendously.
Anyone else want to share their current type of fasting regimen? emoticon

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I am fasting until dinner three days a week and trying to stay at or below 1500 calories the other days. That works out to an average daily calorie count of 1000. I am more of a 1200 count because I eat high on one day a week!

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I just found this team and joined. I have been doing IF 18/6 2x a week for the last couple of months. Two weeks ago I started doing 24 hour water fast inspired by Dr Jason Fung. On 8/25 after supper I started a longer fast. I've complete two full days and have moved into day 3. I've been eating LCHF Paleo for a while with periodic slides into diet naughtiness. But due to some health issues and the coaching of a Functional Medical Dr I've been eating pretty clean for the last 6 months.

I've started to blog my n=1 fasting experiment on my SP page blog. If you want to learn more about me check it out. It's starts with the blog titled 'The early years' posted on 8/20/16

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Your own thread is great, then if others come looking for information they'll find it all in one place. 沽

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Oops I just now saw your post after creating a fasting journal. I hope its ok. If not I can copy and paste it to here :)

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30 days of only water?! Sounds intense. I'd love you to update in here as although I know I'll never do that I'm curious to heAR your results.

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Hey everyone!

I am doing a complete water fast for 30 days,maybe more.

I have about 30 pounds to lose, and have lost
Over 40 from my heaviest.

Today is day four for me. Im feeling pretty good! I've done several shorter fasts before, none longer than three days so I think my body is pretty used to it. Plus I eat pretty clean.

I would like to keep an online fasting journal on here for support. I hope thats ok?

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Hi all;
I did better today than before. I managed to stay within my calorie range today. I lost 3 pounds this week and hope I can keep it off now. Mainly today i stuck with grains, fruit, and salad for breakfast and supper. Went out to et for lunch and just had a small pizza and salad with coffee and water. It is still pretty hot here.

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Hi everyone;
GRITSGAL I know exactly what you mean. Although I do find when I fast that I concentrate more on Him than otherwise. I am not sidetracked with eating or planning what to make. My main problem is trying to find good options to eat in fast food places. Last week I overate in calories and my sodium was through the roof after eating at Burger King. There are not really that many options unless you choose salad or soup and you have to watch it what goes into it.
That is why I love eating at the Chinese restaurant; so much more and better there. But I do think in order to control my emotional eating I will have to fast more often.

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I understand. I have a friend who fasts for spiritual reasons, as well. Although I don't fast for spiritual reasons, I do gain strength from my bible quite often on days that I am struggling. Let me clarify, my strength is from the Lord, but you know what I mean.

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Hi everyone;
Thanks GRITSGAL I appreciate that. At first after I joined I wasn't sure I did the right thing. Because we are not supposed to broadcast it when we fast like that. But I only joined so I could learn how to do it right. I did not join to say hey look at how spiritual I am. I am far from where I should be and I use food sometimes when I am depressed. Fasting helps me to take my mind off of food.

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Poetlkng2lose, I think you have a good outlook on your fasting. Wishing you the best with it.

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Hi, I'm new too. I am also on the BLC and soon to be the Summer 5% Challenge. I'm trying to do about 800 calories most of the time. I tried to do the 5:2 and the EODD, but that pattern just doesn't work for me. What I'm trying to do is similar to the Rice Diet and the Newcastle Diet for diabetes. Trying to find my groove, but I know fasting is in it!

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Hi everyone;
I am new to it so I am just doing one day to begin with and then later trying for 3 days. It is hard too when I am in the BLC team and they want you to do certain things too. I have not told them I am fasting they would not understand my reasons for it. More than anything I want to have a closer relationship to God and praying and fasting is part of it. So far so good I am doing juice and only fruits or veggies except the muffin I ate before cause I lost my breakfast due to IBS again.

GRITSGAL I hear about coffee and cream. I have to have my coffee with creamer in the morning to wake me up.

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Hi Everyone. I'm new to fasting, but like the 16:8 approach, so I started last night not eating after 8 pm. But I'm officially starting today with a window where I can eat from 12 pm to 8 pm. I'm also keeping an eye on calories and carbs and eating when hungry only. I am allowing myself coffee in the mornings with a little heavy cream. I know that some would say that's breaking the fast, but I'm okay with having two tsp. of cream in each of my two cups of coffee every morning.

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I've been a SP member for almost 4 years now and I'm hoping I finally found the right combination of nutrition and exercise to work for me. I've never had a problem with exercise, but calorie restriction for long periods of time just didn't work for me. Not even a small amounts calories for small periods of time. It was probably just a mental thing, but couldn't stop eating. I started running to try to balance things out, but I just wanted to eat more, and I did. Now I'm at a point where if I want to continue running, I have lose the weight. My knees and hips can't take it. It's 15 lbs, but it's the same 15 lbs I've struggled with for the last 10 years. I needed something that wasn't so much a fad diet, but a lifestyle change that I could continue past my goal.
I chose fasting on a 16:8 schedule daily. I said I would just try it for a couple of days and see how it went. Skip breakfast and start eating at 12pm. Stop eating before 8pm. I thought I'd just struggle through the morning until lunch. Drink plenty of unsweetened black and herbal teas. Plenty of water. On the first day I didn't feel starved when I finally ate. Had my lunch and a couple of snack before my dinner at 7pm. After dinner I sat down and updated my SP nutrition numbers and say that I was under my daily allowance of calories. A few hundred calories under. I have never eaten so little so effortlessly before. I knew I wanted to due a light workout the next morning so I had some nuts to make up the calories that first night. Got up the next morning and I worked out with more energy than I thought I would. I repeated my fasting schedule and again that night I had to eat "dessert" to reach my daily caloric goal.
By the end of the week I was down 2 lbs and I felt great! I wanted to run on Friday, but resisted the temptation. I'm still really cautious about not working out too hard and getting all my calories in for the day, but fasting from 8pm to 12pm feels like the best thing I've every done in my weight loss journey.

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I do a 3 days of fasting at 500 calories and 4 days eating when hungry. Some of my eating days go a bit wild but others are good.

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Hello

I am a beginner in fasting

As I was not losing weight after trying so many things and just not keeping up
I decided to go on a water idea just to concentrate on one thing at a time and learn to eat what is good
I started my Water fast 27 hours ago lets see how long I can keep it up

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Hi, Natalie, and welcome to the team!
You have a great fasting plan going on there. I often skip breakfast and do the 24 hour fast twice per week. It works for me pretty well if I eat only when I'm actually hungry. You dropped 4 lbs in 1 1/2 weeks... amazing! Losing baby weight is SO hard. I never did that... just kept the weight on and with child number two added more fat and health problems. 20 years later and I finally lose the baby weight all due to fasting (and prayer). Glad you are doing so well and your "mindset/timing" is right. That gives you a great start. Best wishes and keep posting.

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I am doing a five hour eating window five days a week, and a 24 hour fast Mondays and Thursdays. With weigh in on Fridays. I started this about a week and a half ago at 144 and now I'm 140, I'm 5 ft tall. My first goal is 132, then 128 (because that's the lowest I've been in almost ten years), and then my goal might be 120. But I will see when I get there.

When I do eat I've been eating clean and gluten/dairy free. I enjoy feeling healthier and more energized.

Several years ago before I had my three children I lost a ton of weight, over fifty pounds. I was thin and fit. Kept it off for the most part for three years but gained it all back with my first pregnancy and I have never been able to get back to that figure. I doubt I will get into the 100's again, I don't know if I'd want to. But I have been yo yoing ever since. But this time I have all the pieces of the puzzle and the timing and mindset is right. I have researched about maintenance a lot this time.

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That's interesting about blood glucose. I'm glad you've had good results.

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Hello!

I started the Every Other Day Diet.

Yesterday was Day 1 where I fasted. I consumed about 360 calories of the 500 I was allowed. My hunger was worse in the early evening, but I went to bed at around 9pm and I woke up refreshed and not very hungry. I noticed my blood glucose was oddly high (125) but I researched it and found that this is normal because the liver releases glucose stores and over time, your liver will eventually purge all the stores which will then allow your glucose levels to respond more steadily upon fasting/ eating.

Anyway, I am glad to have found you all! So far, I lost about 2 lbs since last week when I started restricting my calories to prepare for the fast.

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I went back to the beginning of this thread and found I had actually joined this team back in 2010! The issue became less important as time went on but I got interested in it again doing research on anti-Alzheimer eating regimes. The MIND diet and then fasting came up. I"m experimenting with some different strategies.

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What I really like about the 2-24 hr fasts is that you can have dinner every day! I start my fast after dinner, then the next day it ends at dinner, so you can have dinner again. Superb!

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I'm thinking of doing 2 days per week where I only have cups of tea and then dinner. That was meant to be yesterday for me but the boss put on a feast for Easter and I ate some, not as much as in the past but I definitely had my share! OOPS! Keep us posted how you get on with two days. :)

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I am going to start 5:2 fasting on Tuesday of next week. My mother has had great luck with this method, resulting in a loss of 30 lbs. She says it is something she can do for life and is the first time she has ever felt like she was in control of what she ate. I hope it works for me as well.

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So, today was weigh in day. One week in and 3.6 pounds lost. AND, I finally figured out how to install that cute little thing on the bottom of your messages that shows how much weight you've lost. Not a bad week at all! YAY ME!!

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I found iFast on the internet last Thursday. I planned on doing the modified fast days. I did the 500 calorie day on Friday. On Monday after dinner til Tuesday dinnertime I did a 24 hour fast with nothing but water. Hated the 500 calorie day. Loved the 24 hour fast. My problem isn't not eating, it's eating! I'd rather not, thank you very much ;-) So, I'm going to do another 24 hour fast from dinner on Thursday to dinner on Friday. Then I'll settle into two 24 hour fasts a week. My weigh in day is Friday. Wish me luck. By the way, I'm 69 years old and have 58 pounds to lose.

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Thank you for the welcome. I've been using fasting as tool since the 70's. First vegetarian book I purchased was from activist Dick Gregory's inspiring little book, cooking with Mother Nature. I managed to lose my way these past 10 yrs. and now it's time to get not only my body back, but my spiritual mind set back.
I've become a full time caregiver to a wonderful friend. I'm 63 with no health issues, She is 87 with dementia, diabetes, and so much more. She can not be left on her own and although she has some family, they don't help out very often. I have basically given my life over to her and am with her 24/7. I'm not complaining at all...we are Jewish (I see you are Christian) and we have 3 dogs between us. I have two Parson Russell terriers and she has a standard poodle which I also take care of. So fasting is a way to speed up my weight loss whole taking care of this unusual " family" situation.
I wish you also great success on your weight loss journey. I can say this... I have a SP friend who two years ago had 180 lbs to lose and I had 30. I thought wow I should be able to get to my goal in no time and continue to cheer her on.... Didn't work out that way...It took me almost a year to get to that goal and she did it in 10 months. She became MY cheerleader and inspiration. We both gained weight back, but she is doing a traditional diet while I'm doing the intermittent fasting. We just reconnected and have 4 other friends that were in our group join us. Everyone is doing something different and we are in other groups closer to our diet plans while cheering each other on. It's another unusual but loving "family" comprised of many different backgrounds and religious beliefs, including three devout Christian friends. I hope to be able to connect with your team for my diet even though I'm not following the Daniel diet or am Christian.
I look forward to hearing from you and will look into the Keto team. Thank you again for the welcome, it meant a lot to me.

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Hi Jan, welcome back to SparkPeople and welcome to this team. I'm usually hanging out in the Keto Clarity and Team KETO teams. Most of us are doing intermittent fasting. I am on Daniel Fast team as well, and after finish reading my books (Daniel Fast and KETO Clarity), I think I can integrate the two philosophies. Sounds like you are already doing some of the keto style practices with the extra butter etc, so just keep keeping on, till you reach your 50 pounds!! (I have more like 140 to loose).

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My name is Jan and This is my first day back to SP....also my first fast day. I saw your team and wanted to see what everyone else was doing. I love fasting. You don't have to think about food all day. A few shakes, maybe a small salad or cup of soup and that's it. You just have to have the fresh fruits and veggies on hand so you don't go off plan. I keep some no sugar pre made shakes on hand just in case.

I've done my own fast before and it worked for me. I just didn't keep up with it and didn't continue with a maintainable lifestyle plan. This time I'm going to do this right and add foods as needed to keep my metabolism going while still losing weight and then finally add clean foods for maintenance. I want this to be a lifestyle not a diet. I may eventually get back to my vegetarian ways (vegan is way too strict for me) I can't live without some dairy and egg.

For my fast I make and drink two spinach based green shakes or carrot juice based shakes. For either lunch or dinner I have a salad or a blended veggie based soup . My calories usually end up in the 900-1000 cal per day. First thing in the morning I start the day with 16oz of alkaline water, later I make one cup of black coffee with a pat of organic unsalted butter and a 1/2 teaspoon of organic coconut oil. This gives me time to get my morning on the right track and eases any cravings. Sometimes I'm not hungry till lunch saving me more calories without any extra effort.
I have almost 50lbs to lose. This is my second chance and I'm going to make it through. Only this to me I'm going to prepare a maintenance plan.

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I've been doing 16:8 for the past week and I like it. It works well with my schedule, I feel good and I've lost a pound emoticon

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Isn't that what is so great about intermittent fasting, Adrienne? We can change things up and still be on plan.
I've used the 16:8 window of eating before but can't seem to lose weight with that choice. I do use this pattern of eating when I am on a trip or vacation. I maintain pretty well this way.

My choice of fasting is the 5:2 and I add low carb food choices to this routine. Right now my hubby and I are eating 4:3 but adding a few more calories to our fasting meals. It works for a person like me who prefers not to cook!

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I began as a fast but wound up having dinner with my parents today so came in around 1200 cal today. Tomorrow I will fast properly.

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16:8. Doing well!

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I'm on day seven of the 16:8 plan. So far so good.

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Oh... that is a lot of money for classes. Hopefully she will find a hobby she enjoys that isn't so expensive. I so understand you wanting to be home for her... I struggled with that too. I wanted to home school the kids but couldn't afford giving up my pay check. I'm thinking the costs in NZ are MUCH higher than here in the states...especially in Missouri.

Glad you are getting that day off again. I work odd hours but can't imagine 40 hours per week with little ones who drain the adult energy! I did that as a teacher and really do not miss it at all.

Your team on spark is doing really well. I have learned so much from everyone. Hope your fasting is working out. I know it is hard to keep motivated when you are so busy. Have a great week and keep in touch!

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Hi,
I've been a busy worker lately, doing 40hr weeks again so our life got hectic. I loved the extra money (not that it goes far when you have bills due), but I love having my day off back now. I long to not work, my Poppy is very tired with all these early morning starts. I had hoped to give my children an at home parent like I had but in nz to afford a home and car and food it's a given that you both work. Just been a bit down about it since Grampy's funeral, funny how funerals make you think about these things. Mostly Poppy is good though. She tried a drama class out, didn't like it enough to continue, whew though because I only paid $70 for 4 lessons and then worked out a full year would cost me $800?!?! I could take her to Fiji for that! ! Haha

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MT4CONX... Welcome! emoticon
I love reading posts like yours. It reminds me of my first fasting days and how I felt silly worrying about fasting. I also started out with a window of fasting time... and to my surprise I did not faint or die! Lol
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Congrats on your weight loss... more to come!!! Keep posting!

Adrienne... What's up, friend? How is little Miss Poppy doing?

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