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  • Originally posted by joyfulsong21 View Post
    So my (somewhat personal) question is this: does anyone have issues with constipation (:-o) doing this? All of a sudden my bowels don't seem to be working right... I may have slacked a little on hydration, so I'm trying to be really careful about that, but other than that, has anyone else had any similar experiences? Any thoughts on reasons for that? My down days I generally drink kefir and have coffee, and a very small primal meal for dinner, and then the up days are just a standard 2000ish cal day of primal eating... Thoughts?
    Welcome joyfulsong! Do you think you are getting enough or too much fiber perhaps since starting ADF? I had not eaten very primal prior to doing ADF for awhile and found that I was eating a lot more fiber. You could try eating probiotic primal foods like kimchi too.
    Blogging my weight loss experiment using alternate day fasting here:

    http://tryingadf.blogspot.com


    Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter

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    • elkay7, it's hard for me to say for sure whether I've gotten enough fiber lately... I haven't changed my diet too much (and I eat lots of veggies on my up days), since I've been pretty primal for a long time now, but I don't track what I eat (anymore) so I'm mostly guessing on calorie/nutrient intake, and going by how full I feel. I may try tracking for a few days and get a picture of how much fiber I'm actually eating. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      • Well, here I am again, just poking my head in to say everything is going well. Went off ADF for about a week, and then got right back into it. The first Down Day back was a little hungry, second and third were fine, just like old times. My size 14 jeans are now VERY loose, but the 12s are a little tight. Like trying to grow out bangs--the between stage is a killer!

        How is everybody else (is there anyone else besides Elkay?) doing?

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        • Doing great here Sabine!! Glad to hear that it wasn't difficult to get back into your swing 12's are right around the corner!

          I intended to have both Saturday and Sunday as up days, because I tend to get bored more easily when I'm not at work, and generally boredom => hunger for me... But I had so many projects around the house that both days were just medium-level calorie days, around 1300 or 1400 calories... I find this happens to me often: I just get busy with life, and realize that I haven't eaten nearly enough on the up day as I should have. Does this happen to anyone else? I don't want to not eat enough, in terms of "metabolism slowing" and all those other scary consequences. But if I don't feel hungry, is that enough reason to not eat?

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          • Glad that it has been going well for you, Joyfulsong. I think those medium days are fine, unless you notice that they are impacting your weight/inch loss. With ADF, you can stop losing because you are not eating enough.

            So, do you do MWF as your Down Days? I am planning on trying that as my first step towards maintenance, when I get to goal. I like the idea of having free rein on both weekend days.

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            • I suppose I'm still getting my routine down, but yes, that's my plan: to use Saturday & Sunday as two up days. Because like I said, being home generally means I'm eating more. I often make myself a huge brunch both days, and then have a big dinner, and probably dessert after dinner. When I'm at work and not eating much, I don't feel the "lack" of food nearly as much as when I'm at home. But I love to cook, and when the kitchen is right there......

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              • Oh yeah, and that's what I guess I'm concerned about: weight loss stalling out because of not eating enough. I work out, so having one day of ~ 500 cal, the next day ~ 1400 cal, next back at ~500, etc. does NOT average out to the number of calories I should be eating. But like I said, if I'm not hungry, I have no desire to force feed myself! I've been thinking about adding in some protein shakes partially for this reason. I would hate to lose muscle along with fat!

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                • I hit the 30 loss milestone today and am feeling pretty awesome. This means I am also below the 150s (I started at 179 when I first started ADF and my high weight was 183)! I am feeling pretty proud of myself. I am doing my best not to reward myself for my accomplishment with any naughty treats.
                  Blogging my weight loss experiment using alternate day fasting here:

                  http://tryingadf.blogspot.com


                  Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Calorie Counter

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                  • Lauren, that's wonderful! Congratulations. You've done it really quickly, too.

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                    • I am doing a 4-day rotation diet, to try and sort out some possible food sensitivities, so my Down Days are varying. First one with just water and kombucha, then the next one fruit/veg/fish, then back to kombucha. Should make for an interesting downswing pattern.

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                      • Hi - I am Kelly and I am new here so I hope you don't mind me posting.
                        I have been doing JUDDD for 2 weeks now. I have gone from 197 to 188.4 in the last 2 weeks.
                        The first 2 weeks for dd were hard - I honestly felt like I was starving. I probably ate too much on up days.
                        Now that 2 weeks have gone I see some really exciting things happening:
                        I am not hungry on down days and I am usually not hungry on up days. I struggle to eat sometimes
                        I am still on shakes on my down days and I plan to stay that way because I enjoy them and they are convenient for my schedule.
                        I only do down days on Mon, Wed and Friday because of my schedule.
                        I am dealing with stress amazingly well - like things aren't phasing me at all.
                        I have tons of energy - I am waking up at least an hour earlier and going to bed later too
                        So far I am very pleased with the way this is going

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                        • Hi Labgirl. Glad to see you here, and to hear that you are doing so well on ADF your first two weeks. I'm still happy with ADF after almost 8 months--I hope you will find the same thing.

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                          • Do you guys have any idea if I am doing something wrong? I have had horrible headaches for the last couple of days. I know the book mentions ketosis and that is one thing that I have experienced with ketosis before but I shouldn't be experiencing that on an up day.
                            Anyone else have headaches? I have not reduced my coffee intake to where I should be getting them. I may be dehydrated though

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                            • Dehydration would do it.
                              Are you controlling your carbs? If you switch from high-carb on Up Days to low-carb on Down Days (or vice versa) you might be having a sugar reaction.
                              And, of course...allergies, stress, something else entirely. It may be related to ADF, it may not.

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                              • I am having 500-600 calories of various protein and meal replacement shakes - I have 6 different ones to keep things varied and mixed up so I don't get bored. I don't think I and keeping the sugar low but I do know that at least 3 of them have splenda in them instead of sugar and 2 are green, vegan meal replacements.
                                I am going to start keeping better track of what I am eating and see if I can find a correlation.
                                I have now lost 9.5 lbs so I can add some treats in if I need to.


                                The seasons are changing - it may very well be allergies as well.

                                Oh... and My husband is doing this with me and has lost 7 pounds. It is really working. My feet don't hurt when I work and I walk between 4 and 6 miles a day.

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