Originally Posted by Chris H Laing
Hows fasting working out for you compared to eating at regular times throughout the day? I was thinking of trying IF to lose some fat that I gained during SS? Any thoughts on how/if this'll help lose fat but retain all the muscle?
Well, I have been fasting for a few weeks now....but i would hardly consider myself experienced in it.
From my limited time fasting, I can say, however, that my results haven't been very good regarding weight loss. I lost about 2#, maybe, in the past month...but i dont think that has anything to do with fasting. Allow me to explain...
When I first started fasting I was doing it every day for 19 hour fasts right off the bat. Yeh, that wasn't smart...It was much too hard and I was not used to fasting. I took a step back and I started fasting 1-2x a week for 15-16 hours. It was really a lot better that way, however, with unlimited time to eat at night, I was still taking in a ton of calories (I am REALLY good at making healthy calorically dense meals...)....These days I am fasting more often since I am more used to it..something like every day/5 times a week for 15-19 hours.
Also, as of late, I have been doing IFOC (IF on Crap) moreso than I would like. Unfortunately, I break fast at work and when I do, im really freakin hungry. I wind up just going to lunch wherever everyone is going....which sometimes is crappy food, even when I don't want to. Just been a series of unfortunate events. Also, I was getting rid of all the milk, cheese and fatty meats I was eating during my GOMAD strength gaining cycle...so my meals were very very high in calories.
I have maintained and stopped gaining, and now that my meals are going to be more conservative I am sure I will see more results. So far, I like it a lot better than zoning or eating more meals per day because, realistically, I was hungry 100% of the time on zone but these days im only hungry 70% of the time....though the magnitude of hunger is great, it makes the food you break fast with taste phenominal. Just beware of your natural tendencies to want to eat anything u can get your hands on...