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    IF/Fast5 question

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    I'm on day 5 of doing IF as recommended by Fast5, so 19 hours of fasting then an eating window from 5-10pm. I like it. REALLY like it. I suits my lifestyle really well. I never feel like eating breakfast, I'm too busy during the day and then I get home at 4pm with my son, start to relax and cook dinner so 5pm is perfect. I've been eating a really big dinner, but I think that might level off a bit. So my question is, is this a healthy eating pattern? 1 big meal a day, or 1 meal and a snack later, is that ok for long term?

    One of my friends is paleo and does IF but everyone else I know, family included, thinks this is insanely unhealthy and that I'm developing an eating disorder. Especially when I describe some of my meals (ie. guacamole topped bacon with a side of jerk chicken and vegetables). Thoughts?

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    Fine, as long as you are eating some veggies.

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    I naturally fall into a similar eating window most of the time too. I like feeling kind of light for the first part of the day, but then I like to seriously chow down in the afternoon/evening.
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    i have a daily eating window of 5-11. i used to eat just one big meal, but i split it up into two meals throughout that window (and maybe a handful of almonds if i'm feeling snacky) so that i could spread the nutrients out a little bit. getting everything i needed--particularly protein--in one sitting was pretty tough. now i have one big meal after i work out (usually a big omelet), then a smaller one later on (bowl of chili or salad)...and i like it a lot better.

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    I definitely eat plenty of veggies too, but lately my diet has been getting more meat heavy just because it's delicious, so I'm going to make a conscious effort to scale back the meat portions and scale up the veggies. I'm also trying to cut back on fruit because I am seriously addicted to sugar. I can eat 2000-2200 calories a day doing this as well, but I think I need to scale back since my goal is weight loss. I've lost 2 lbs in 5 days so it must be working but I can't imagine it staying that way. I want to be able to lose the last bit of fat I have around my middle and then continue to maintain on the same IF eating pattern. Realistic?

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    I see it like this:
    You know how P90X is popular/effective right now because of the thought/science behind muscle confusion? By which I mean if you vary your exercises your body can't get used to them, so it has to stay adaptable and efficient and strong. I see IFing in the same way. By keeping your "feeding" schedule varied, your body won't expect food at regular times - so it will take better advantage of it when it gets it. So I'd recommend continuing IFing but vary the times - not just skipping breakfast.

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    What you're doing is also known as The Warrior Diet. I tried to WD but it wasn't for me, or I didn't give it enough time. I like two meals a day best. I eat my first one at 1pm then the second around 6 or 7, sometimes later. I snack a little bit too I guess. I exercise daily though and pretty hard sometimes.

    Sometimes my fasts end up being late, I've eaten as late as 8pm and only had a single meal. If I didn't work a 9-5 I'd probably fast longer, but taking a lunch break allows me to leave that place for a good hour. Sometimes if I didn't pack a lunch I'll just get tea and read for an hour and eat when I get home.

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    I've done Fast5 for a couple of years now. It was so natural for me and my lifestyle that it was <facepalm> that I didn't do it sooner. If you are happy doing it, then relax and enjoy. I often do one big meal, but I've mostly do two smaller meals - just so I can have more variety. It's all personal preference. I find that fasting is a great way to highlight our need for nutritionally-dense foods. Just becomes that much more important not to waste it when our eating windows are so much smaller. I spent a lot of time perusing whfoods.org because they've got great info on nutrient density. There's a great food advisor that you can work around for Primal/low-carb and still get some good recommendations - like spinach is just a crazy powerhouse. Chard, etc - those leafy greens. I try to get some several times a week. IFing is very easy if you are feeding the body what it needs to run it's best. Easy and healthy.
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    sounds good to me, keep it up!

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    Robb Wolf and the Leangains guy claim that there isn't much benefit to IFing past 16 hours. It's cool that it is working for you.
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