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Kisholi Mendis
12-17-2008, 05:43 AM
Background: I've been low-carbing for awhile with mixed results but around September this year, decided to get over my fat phobia once and for all and just upped the fat to a point where, I am now regularly getting 60-70% of calories from fat. I mostly eat eggs, fish, coconut, peanut butter and avocado and gorge on fatty meats whenever I go out. I train with weights 3 days a week (low-reps, compound movements, 20 minutes per session) and practice yoga 3 days a week, 2 hours per session. I also walk my dog every day for about 20 minutes. Otherwise, I'm mostly sedentary. Since, September I've lost 10 pounds, look leaner, clothes fit better etc.

Now here's the thing: I've been dabbling with IF for a few months as well but never go longer than 14-16 hours. Last week I effortlessly passed the 24 hour mark (unplanned, with only water) and was astounded. So, yes, I love my new attitude towards food. That said, I now have to force myself to eat! :eek: My logs indicate that I'm barely getting 1000 calories on fasting days and around 1500 on the other days. I'm 28, female, 5 feet 6 inches and 132 pounds at the moment. I don't think I need to drop any more weight but am not averse to losing some bodyfat. Most online daily calorie estimates tell me I'm not eating enough.

The question: should I let my hunger guide me and just "go with the flow" or force myself to eat more? I prefer the first option because I have some history of bingeing and overeating so the idea of force-feeding myself is a bit uncomfortable. Also, my energy levels are fine, zero cravings and I sleep like a log every night. Advice?

Garrett Smith
12-17-2008, 06:15 AM
Go with the first option. You're fine.

I know I eat a lot fewer calories on Paleo + IF. I did a 22 hour fast yesterday hardly even thinking about it (actually I didn't want the lunch I brought, so I didn't eat it).

You're more efficient with your food now, both due to the IF and due to eating "better" foods.

Unless you notice a health or performance-related problem, then everything is likely fine.

Mike ODonnell
12-17-2008, 07:58 AM
If you feel healthy....think clearly....sleep well....lose fat....maintain muscle....have energy....and get the ok of good health from your physician....I can't think why you would need to change things....as isn't that the main goal?

Kisholi Mendis
12-17-2008, 06:09 PM
Thanks both - I guess I was overanalysing things as usual :D Love this forum btw. Been lurking like forever...