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  • Did I do myself some 'damage' when I IFed for 36 hours?

    If so, how do I start to reverse it? I didn't feel too bad up until I did so, which is why I went for it. Now I feel like crap (and wondering if that's the reason for the 2" gain and having to go up a clothes size).

    I don't ache as much as I did the other day, but I'm defininitely feeling 'flabbier' and my belly's very tender and distended.

    My diet is, at the moment, around 70% fat, 20% protein, 10% carbs.

    The thing is, though, I never feel satiated. Before I did the long fast I was able to eat 2 meals a day, and not really feel hungry in between. I feel sick with hunger at the moment, and I only ate about 5 hours ago.

    Obviously, my body's attempting to tell me something, but I just can't figure out what. I feel tired, listless and fed up (just not literally!)

    What have I done to myself and what do I do to reverse it...? If I could exercise today I would, but I don't really have the energy (not tired enough to sleep, though...)

    Just hoping that there's a (fairly) simple and quick solution to this!
    La tristesse durera toujours...

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    Fasting for 36 hours in and of it's self shouldn't do any harm. I can go for as long as 48 once in a while with no repercussions other than I really need to get my protein back up when I do that so, I don't do it very often. I would also recommend upping your protein a little as well. Protein in my opinion is the most satiating of macro nutrient anyway.
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    • #3
      Yes....you shouldn't have IF'd for that long (if at all) this early in your change of lifestyle, and while you're still a long way from stability on the plan.

      If it's 5 hours since you ate and you are hungry, EAT! Eat primal food. Why are you choosing NOT to eat?
      Liz.

      Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
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      • #4
        You're right, your body is trying to tell you something...EAT. You're hungry 36 hours is a long time. I've been doing this for a while now and I normaly stick to 18-20 hours(24 occasionaly). I don't see the added benefit of going that much longer.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by skink531 View Post
          You're right, your body is trying to tell you something...EAT. You're hungry 36 hours is a long time. I've been doing this for a while now and I normaly stick to 18-20 hours(24 occasionaly). I don't see the added benefit of going that much longer.
          Sorry I should have been clearer. I did this about 10 days, ago, not yesterday!. Not felt right since!

          So, Liz, anyone - have I REALLY gained a lot of fat (or swapped muscle for fat) in such a short space of time? If so, what can I do about it? Feeling like this does NOTHING for my self esteem, self confidence and BDD!!
          La tristesse durera toujours...

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          • #6
            Violet,

            I've no idea. Doesn't seem physiologically possible to me, but who knows?

            What I do know is this....I'm feeling incredibly motherly toward your body. I feel like you're putting it through the wringer, and all with such dislike. If I were your body, I'd feel hated, unloved, abused by both food and lack-of-food. I'd never know from week to week if I'd be eating/not-eating/eating good food/eating ganache and kir. And at this point, I'd be acting out, much like your body seems to be.

            Be KIND to your body. Love it. It's a miracle, an amazing thing, something science can't begin to recreate. Is it perfect? Of course not--no-one's is. But it's YOUR body and the only one you'll ever have. I honestly think that if you start being kind to your body and truly nourishing it, this torment could stop.
            Liz.

            Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
            Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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            • #7
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              • #8
                It is not possible to gain 2" of fat over a 2, 3 or even 4 day period. I keep seeing in your posts 'I have gone up two dress sizes since last week', 'I have gained 2" all over in the space of X hours', 'I am feeling flabbier than I did yesterday, what is wrong with me?'.

                Honestly, it sounds to me like you have an eating disorder that has not sorted itself out. I don't know if you are getting help for that or not, but if not, maybe it will help you feel better about yourself overall. Feel better.

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                • #9
                  Are you close to your period? Many women on this board stuggle with satiety and carbs the week prior to and for some the week of their period. This could also explain needing bigger clothes and 2 lbs.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
                    Are you close to your period? Many women on this board stuggle with satiety and carbs the week prior to and for some the week of their period. This could also explain needing bigger clothes and 2 lbs.

                    Nope - had that a month ago. Probably won't see another for a month or 2. And Sam, you tell that to the figures in my logbook then! It is possible because it's happened to me*. Bugger all to do with an ED (for which I won't be seeking help as I do not wish to get any fatter, ta! Y'see what they do for EDs over here is pump you full of APs - main side effect? WEIGHT GAIN!!!!)

                    * The camera doesn't lie either! This is acual hard fat, because I've been fat before and I know what fat feels like!
                    Last edited by Shrinking_Violet; 09-30-2010, 01:00 PM.
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                    • #11
                      i've fasted for 36 hours before...in fact, i used to do it once a week. i might have felt a little wonky toward the end and maybe the next day (definitely finding daily 18 hours fasts far superior), but i don't think it's really going to do any damage. learn from it.

                      some of what you are/were feeling may have less to do with the fasting, and more to do with what you ate to break your fast. i used to find that a lighter primal meal was better for getting me back on track.

                      in terms of gaining fat, i seriously doubt it came from your fast. it's much more likely that you are retaining water for some reason, not calories.
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                      • #12
                        I used to regularly fast from Friday lunch through Sunday breakfast. It felt great actually. I usually broke with a salad and it seemed to work well. Honestly, I sort of miss it.

                        I'm not sure there's much connection between the fasting and how you're feeling now. It just doesn't connect to me. My suggestion would be to up your protein and reduce your fat a bit. Maybe go 40/40/20? Or 50/40/10?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Shrinking_Violet View Post
                          Nope - had that a month ago. Probably won't see another for a month or 2.

                          * The camera doesn't lie either! This is acual hard fat, because I've been fat before and I know what fat feels like!
                          Periods come monthly, you may find.

                          The IF did not cause damage, and you do NOT have an extra 2" of fat on your waist.

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                          • #14
                            I doubt the fast did you any harm. Forget about it

                            If you are hungry then EAT! Get that lovely meat down your neck lass!

                            The added inches are probably related to water retention / period. Even if you only have a period every 3 months you could still be retaining water. In fact your period cycles could be changing due to you improving your diet with PB.

                            My body plays silly buggers with water retention all month not just before my period.

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