I'm new to this forum...linked here from another site and it's really great to see a whole section devoted to IF.
I recently started reading about this concept and decided to give it a try. At first I wasn't sure if I would be able to handle the hunger and was eating small amounts of nuts during the fasting period, that seemed to tide hunger over as they didn't affect my blood sugar (I normally have blood sugar issues and tend to do better on a slightly lower carb diet).
As time has gone on though I've been finding it easier to fast and the hunger is not as bad. I usually get one period for an hour or two where I'm feeling it pretty good but then I have my coffee for the day (miracle cure, I swear) and I feel ten times better.
My setup though is slightly different, I work out first thing in the morning so I eat a pre/large post-workout meal, finish that around 10 am and then fast until about 10 pm at night where I have my second large meal.
I am trying to gain weight right now so I'm just curious if anyone has had any results with this set-up for gaining. It seems to be very good for recomping, and even me, I was fairly lean before starting but since starting about 2 weeks ago, and it seems as though my weight has stayed the same but I do look leaner. Also, it appears my maintenance calories may have gone up. I came off a dieting phase eating around 1500 calories per day (I'm 5'6" and 112 pounds....yes wind blows me over
) but now I'm up around 1900-2000 and still maintaining as far as I can tell.
Also, do you think there is any drawback to fasting every day? Currently I am. On days I don't lift I'll do a longer cardio session so I basically keep the same protocol/calorie level.