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    I am just beginning my primal jourey. Just a few weeks in. I am finding it very easy and I don't really have to think about food. Shopping is easy too. Produce section, meat section, spices. Done! I am eating very little fruit and getting most of my carbs from non-starch vegetables.

    I decided that also, this time I am not focusing on weight loss but rather expect that to come from being healthy. I am walking every day and enjoying it. I am also weight training. I am making my focus on getting strong and I'm lifting as heavily as I can within 6-8 reps. Each time I get stinger I will add a bit more weight. I am really enjoying it.

    Being that I am also enjoying hunger control, I would like to try Intermittent Fasting. I plan on eating within a 10 hour window and getting all that I need. I like the idea becasue it will allow me to be a bit of a hedonist so long as my choices are primal friendly. I also like that I would be able to eat in the evening when I naturally feel like it anyway. I've never been a big early morning eater. I would like to fast until noon each day.

    I find however, that I prefer to train in the morning before my kids wake up and after a nice walk and stretch to wake up my muscles. I have also read that the best time to eat is right AFTER a training session. This would require me to break my fast earlier. Or would it? Could I continue the fast and still gain muscle and recover well or would it be best to eat? Also, I am wondering if one can IF indefinately or only for periods after which they must continue to eat as usual. I am currently 151 lbs down from 156 lbs. I am 28. Female.

    I am completely new to weight training, IF and Primal. Thanks for reading.

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    i wouldnt put a whole lot of thought into it really. just eat when you are hungry and dont when you arent. if some day you are starving theres no point of doing an IF. if you arent hungry after a workout dont eat
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mike Gager View Post
      i wouldnt put a whole lot of thought into it really. just eat when you are hungry and dont when you arent. if some day you are starving theres no point of doing an IF. if you arent hungry after a workout dont eat
      This.

      For many months I would workout in the early morning and eat around 1pm. As the seasons changed I found I wanted to exercise in the late afternoon (after breaking my fast at 1pm still) and then eat soon after that workout.

      Basically, no matter when I'm training, I usually eat once at 1pm then again around 7pm. Precise nutrition around workouts isn't really all that important.

      Note, however, that when I'm doing a carb re-feed (a subject you need not concern yourself with in your personal life, but you may want to read up on for the future possibly) then I will purposely work out later in the day so that I can eat relatively soon after my workout.

      I hope that helps...
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      • #4
        Intermittent fasting seems to work best when everything else (food, sleep, stress, etc) is dialed in and you are trying to lose the last 10-15 pounds. I won't say it won't work, but if you don't have everything in line it may not work.

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        • #5
          I'd say go for it. I had amazing results with IF and paleo combined. I would get up in the morning, weight train and continue my fast till dinner time. I felt great and got stronger(meaning no muscle loss) and I'm not a beginner with weight training. Beginners get results faster up to a point with weight training. So go for it. If IF stresses you out or you are getting weaker with the weights then stop. Eat after you workout and IF on non-training days. Good luck!

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          • #6
            I have been IFing daily for over a year now and I don't see myself changing that any time in the foreseeable future. I usually eat twice a day and I workout twice a day. My meals are more or less lunch and dinner and I workout fasted in the morning and then gain fasted before lunch. Personally, I think that meal timing in relation to one's workouts really only becomes important when you're at elite athletic performance levels. For most people I think as long as your schedule works for you then do it.
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            • #7
              I really like IF but its also a stressor. Over-exercising, stressing out, too low calorie for long stretches, too much caffeine adds to the stress. Just make sure everything is all dialed in properly.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sue View Post
                I really like IF but its also a stressor. Over-exercising, stressing out, too low calorie for long stretches, too much caffeine adds to the stress. Just make sure everything is all dialed in properly.
                How many days IF'ing, resulting it being a stressor, are you talking about here?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
                  I have been IFing daily for over a year now and I don't see myself changing that any time in the foreseeable future. I usually eat twice a day and I workout twice a day. My meals are more or less lunch and dinner and I workout fasted in the morning and then gain fasted before lunch. Personally, I think that meal timing in relation to one's workouts really only becomes important when you're at elite athletic performance levels. For most people I think as long as your schedule works for you then do it.
                  What does your twice a day workout look like?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                    What does your twice a day workout look like?
                    It's mostly all weight training and looks something like this. I throw some bag work in from time to time as well.

                    Mon Abs and Chest
                    Tues Overhead Press and Deads
                    Wed Arms (bi's and tri's) various exercises
                    Thurs Abs and Chest again (I like chest workouts)
                    Fri Weighted Pull ups/Chins and Squats

                    Each session runs about fifteen minutes give or take and I've been doing anti-pyramids as apposed to pyramids like I usually do for a month or so.
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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the advice. i guess I've been trying IF just to try it out period. It seems I naturally eat less often on this primal way of dieting. Without eating grains I'm not constantly raiding the firdge and its already showing. I am really really loving the weight training. I always bought into the conventional wisdom of girls needing to lift light weights often to avoid bulkiness. I'm glad I know the truth. Lifting heavier weights just feels awesome. I lift only what I can do in 6 reps. Once I can do 12 reps I know its time to add a little more weight. This is great because now instead of focusing soley on my diet and what I'm losing, I now have something else to look forward to. Now I focus on getting stronger and eating enough to do that. I'm already seeing definition and I feel stronger in everything else I do. And eating primal is allowing the fat to melt off so the muscle can show. Its like unwrapping a really cool gift and it gives me motivation to stay on path. Although primal is pretty easy and I feel tons better! I don't really think about food or my next meal and I don't worry about measuring portions and ratios. I just try to get enough protein and healthy fat and some fruits and veggies in there. I can definitely see this being something I could continue doing indefinitely. Once I get down to the last few pounds I may need to change up my plan but for now I'm really happy. Thanks again!

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                      • #12
                        I would also like to add a link to some inspiration. This girl is super bad ass!
                        Meet Staci: Your New Powerlifting Super Hero | Nerd Fitness

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                        • #13
                          that should be shared in every thread where women don't wanna lift ...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by skunkcabbagebandit View Post
                            Thanks for all the advice. i guess I've been trying IF just to try it out period. It seems I naturally eat less often on this primal way of dieting. Without eating grains I'm not constantly raiding the firdge and its already showing. I am really really loving the weight training. I always bought into the conventional wisdom of girls needing to lift light weights often to avoid bulkiness. I'm glad I know the truth. Lifting heavier weights just feels awesome. I lift only what I can do in 6 reps. Once I can do 12 reps I know its time to add a little more weight. This is great because now instead of focusing soley on my diet and what I'm losing, I now have something else to look forward to. Now I focus on getting stronger and eating enough to do that. I'm already seeing definition and I feel stronger in everything else I do. And eating primal is allowing the fat to melt off so the muscle can show. Its like unwrapping a really cool gift and it gives me motivation to stay on path. Although primal is pretty easy and I feel tons better! I don't really think about food or my next meal and I don't worry about measuring portions and ratios. I just try to get enough protein and healthy fat and some fruits and veggies in there. I can definitely see this being something I could continue doing indefinitely. Once I get down to the last few pounds I may need to change up my plan but for now I'm really happy. Thanks again!
                            Glad to hear!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by skunkcabbagebandit View Post
                              I would also like to add a link to some inspiration. This girl is super bad ass!
                              Meet Staci: Your New Powerlifting Super Hero | Nerd Fitness
                              Thanks for sharing this!! Awesome story and journey!

                              Good luck on your journey!
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