New and 1 week into IF-have some questions about it
All right, let me start by saying that for years, I have followed the 5-7 meals so this is a big change for me. I get extreme hunger pangs and that is the main reason that I had to eat every couple of hours, and even one week into it, I have no energy level drop, but I still get the pangs, just not so often. I'm hoping the hunger will adapt soon. I am following the Leangains style of 16/8 and my ultimate goal is to change my eating times and to build some muscle. I'm 5'9", 168lbs with low muscle mass.
1)I searched this forum and found a post regarding being cold. I work in an office and found out that I am cold all day long whereas before I started the fast, I don't recall ever being cold all day. That and I get a bloodrush when I stand up quickly, but a google search said that both are common signs of fasting, is it not normal to be colder? I have Lugols liquid Iodine solution that I have been taking for months so I don't think I'm having Thyroid problems. What is the consensus on here?
2)Also, I have been drinking tea while at work, it's a habit I got into months before. There is a Chick-fil-a in the mall where I work and I usually get unsweeted with Splenda but I use a lot of Splenda and sometimes sugar. Do all liquids other than water affect break the fast or is it just any with calories? So the ultimate goal is to keep glycogen levels from refueling correct? Is coffee with Stevia okay?
3)After breaking the fast with a protien bar and oats at work, the last couple of days when I come home I have been going crazy with carbs. It's like an uncontrollable drive to stuff myself with them. Is that a sign that I need more of them in my diet? If I had to guess, I probably eat 100-150grams a day from oats, whole wheat breads, and 16grams in each of my protein bars(only 3g of sugar). I run 5-7 miles a day at 6mph, does that seriously deplete glycogen levels to the point where maybe I haven't been refueling my body back?
4)Last question, I have been searching other forums, mainly BB.com and Lyle Mcdonalds forums and the opnion on there is that any fasted exercise has no benefit on fat loss. The gym I attend is so full in the evening that I have been going at 5am but I've been hesitant after starting IF. It seems like the threads that I have read on here state that exercise while fasting is good. Opinions?
Thanks and sorry for the long post but of the four or five different forums I have been on recently, this one looks to be the more mature and levelheaded site.