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  • #16
    One consideration I will submit: do both on occasion when youre ready. I IF everyday. Sometimes it's 16/8 ranging to 20/4. But when you've been doing that consistently I find that 24-36 hours on just water or water plus a bit of bulletproof coffee is easiIy done too...i typically end up doing this on a Fri into Sat/Sun mainly because of work. My concern is with trying to bring my digestive system to full rest and I also incorporate some teas and tonics for "flushes". Just saying its all a process...I can work out in my fasted state IFing. But workouts on weekends with longer fasts aren't as long/productive so I will go into my 24/36 fast if its raining all weekend and there's no play outside, for example.

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    • #17
      I tend to change things up and go through several weeks of different things, but for about a week now I do a daily 24 hour IF. I do not do a strict fast as I eat sunflower seeds or a handful of nuts and some coffee with cream throughout the day.

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      • #18
        The schedule doesn't need to be so regimented to be effective.

        My goal is to remove all artificial urgency from eating. Being able and willing to wait as long as it takes for decent meal, the overall quality sneaks upward.
        37//6'3"/185

        My peculiar nutrition glossary and shopping list

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        • #19
          Dr. Mark Mattson at the Nat. Inst. on Aging -featured in the BBC documentary on IF - eats one meal a day. He is a very lean guy and eats once a day because his research points to the positive effects of this WOE on brain health. Eating once a day seems to stimulate brain neurons and prevent cognitive decline as we age.

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          • #20
            Quite coincidentally, I have just posted my justification for eating one meal per day, rather than utilizing an eating window.

            As I see it, there is fairly credible support for eating one meal a day, rather than multiple meals, even in the case where the meals are isocaloric over the course of the day ( i.e. you eat the same number of calories, irrespective of meal counts ).

            -PK
            My blog : cogitoergoedo.com

            Interested in Intermittent Fasting? This might help: part 1, part 2, part 3.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by pklopp View Post
              Quite coincidentally, I have just posted my justification for eating one meal per day, rather than utilizing an eating window.

              As I see it, there is fairly credible support for eating one meal a day, rather than multiple meals, even in the case where the meals are isocaloric over the course of the day ( i.e. you eat the same number of calories, irrespective of meal counts ).

              -PK
              That's pretty much where I am at these days. One meal, eaten over maybe the course of three or four hours and a twenty or so hour fast. I came to pretty much the EXACT same conclusions that you did, albeit through a much less scientific route.
              "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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              • #22
                I've been eating from noon to 8pm for about 5 months now. I really like it. I get more done in the morning and have great mental focus and very level energy levels (I was fat adapted before I started this but I think IF enhanced this). I have successfully used it as part of my strategy to get very lean without unpleasant hunger while maintaing/improving muscle mass.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by PrimalWolf View Post
                  Sounds amazing. Would love to not have to faff about making breakfast and lunch every day.

                  Do you find you can maintain body composition eating this way?
                  I've Gotten into the best shape of my life on IF and lean gains method.

                  Wouldn't change a thing.

                  ...and by the way I love those 1000+ calorie feasts! Feel like a king at the queens table.
                  Last edited by fkjr2; 05-30-2013, 01:14 PM.

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                  • #24
                    I find the daily IF better to manage. It's more a routine than an "oh, it's Thursday, sorry I can't eat today." I loosely follow it (I'll have coffee and a square of dark chocolate in the morning), but I won't say no to the occasional eggs and bacon being cooked up in the morning (I have such a nice boyfriend).
                    Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                    Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                    Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                    Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                    F/23/5'9"

                    26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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