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Old 09-29-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Would it be so bad if I just... didn't eat?



So I've run into this problem the past few fasting days. Apparently fasting has shrunk my stomach while simultaneously diminishing my interest in food. My eating window typically closes around 8, and lately 6 or 7 o'clock has come and I just have no interest in eating. Often, I'm still full from whatever massive thing I ate to break my fast plus some midday snack.

BUT, I have goals to meet! 160 grams of protein a day (1g/lb LBM). So I wind up in situations like last night, cramming food into a full stomach in order to meet my protein quota. It's not enjoyable.

I find that this amount of protein consistently puts me between 2000-2400 calories. I'm losing fat on this regime, which is what I want, but I obviously don't want to lose muscle. If I accepted, say, 100g of protein on some days, that would drop me below 2000 calories, and I worry that that would be going too far, and I'd drop muscle and/or send my body into "starvation mode" and not lose anything.

Is that a valid concern, or am I worrying about it too much? What risks DO I run by going too low with daily protein?
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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[img]What risks DO I run by going too low with daily protein?
Depends on your goals and how often you train. It requires less protein you would think to just maintain muscles along with some strength training.....but if you wanted to gain then you would most likely need more.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:31 PM   #3
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Just loosen up some days and don't IF. Have undereating and overeating days. Remember what the "I" stands for.....Intermittent. Your body isn't going to go into starvation mode from a single day of too few calories. It's just a bit smarter than that.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:37 PM   #4
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Just loosen up some days and don't IF. Have undereating and overeating days. Remember what the "I" stands for.....Intermittent. Your body isn't going to go into starvation mode from a single day of too few calories. It's just a bit smarter than that.

This is a great question! Lately, with all the stuff going on in my life, I wish I could just stop eating to eliminate another thing to do. Eating requires preparation, cooking and the gruesome cleaning. Now my family is over and all they do is eat eat eat and I am just plain disgusted.

If I were at my bodyfat goals right now, I think I would change the way I approach food. Eat when Im hungry and eat whatever I like. If its a bowl of oatmeal and bananas, that is what I would eat. But with all this info about food choices to lose weight, it makes things just so complicated, that I sometimes just want to stop eating!
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