IF, 2 weeks in
Been reading through here as a lurker for a bit, but have spent quite a bit of time over on the Crossfit forums, IFLife, Modern Forager, etc.
Decided to jump into IF a few weeks back with some test days, just cutting out breakfast. With a new baby and a toddler to wrangle each day, it was already tough to get the morning going AND feed myself, so skipping breakfast became such a relief that I found myself just skipping it every workday automatically (unless I wound up *seriously* hungry in the morning ... that's happened twice).
This week is Week 3 of a more determined effort: shoot for 16-19 hour fasts during the work week, eating ~60% Primal. Weekends I wind up with ~12-hour overnight fasts anyway, but I have so far tended to eat more "normally," as in, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
I mainly try to stop eating after 8PM or so, but if I need to ingest more, I don't really sweat it.
I'm also doing Crossfit 4 days per week, working out around 11AM or so -- fasted. This has worked quite well so far.
I've lost about 3-4 pounds, which is good. I mostly feel no ill effects from the fasting (occasional morning headaches, but that tends to happen when I think I've eaten enough the day before, but really haven't ... I think). And, my mornings are WAY easier without having to cook food for myself.
I'd liek to think I'm moving along quite well ... just wanted to check in with the more knowledgable folks to be sure!
As long as you are getting in your calories and have some days off IF to just eat....you should find a good solution for yourself. 2-4 weeks in is when you really see if it's working...as that is the period where things will go wrong (if they are going to). Most often that is usually due to lack of calories.
Some followup, now that I'm approaching 3 months:
I've moved more towards 80% primal/paleo eating, and likely closer to 90%. Weight continues to drop, slowly. My big indulgence is the fact that I'm a complete and total beer nerd, and a homebrewer, so the daily beer almost certainly gets in the way of more serious changes. I know from an experiment in the fall that if I have a beer only on the nights when I *won't* be working out the next day, fat disappears far quicker. Gonna push myself to stick to this for the next two weeks to see what happens.
Also, as I continue to mostly avoid grains, I've noticed that when I do have them (in unfermented form), my nose starts running and stuffing up soon after. Mild allergy that's been blamed on dry houses/dust/springtime/etc. for years? Certainly seems that way.
I do need to sort out the right days to have food before my workouts -- I'm following Gant's hybrid program these days -- as certain lifts really seem to suffer in the absence of food. Although it could also be the absence of proper eating the night before, or a combination thereof. It's a balancing act with my wife still doing most of the cooking and unconvinced that this is the way to go...
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