Def. agree to try calorie restriction if you want to. If it doesn't work for you, you could try vlc (under 20 net grams) for a couple of weeks--can't hurt!
cool. i had no idea either way, and i didn't think you were stressing out. just throwing some ideas on the wall. i also don't closely monitor who is and who isn't VLC and what not in the journals, so i can't say.
like i said, calorie restriction is a fine option, and there's no reason not to start there if it seems like the logical place to start. also, checking up on the medication can help. you never know.
On the days when you IF for 24 hours, what do you eat for dinner?
I am having trouble envisaging a pile of food that meats basic primal guidelines (lots of green veg, some starchy veg, enough protein for your lean body mass, plus the fat) that would be sufficient calories to cause weight maintenance in someone with a reasonable amount of weight to lose. I don't believe I could eat that much in one sitting.
Which brings me to a thought about using IF....maybe by eating a full day's food in one sitting on a regular basis, you are not adjusting your expectations (particularly in your stomach and your brain) for what represents a normal, reasonable portion of food? So that then on the days when you are eating more meals, they are all too big?
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
I finally convinced a new doctor to up my meds by 12 mcg. Things changed after that.
BTW, San Diego sunshine does not guarantee adequate vit D levels. I lived there, walked Lindo Lake 1+hr/day, maintained a large yard,etc., and was severely deficient--prescribed 50,000 IU/week.
If you discover the "answer" I'd LOVE to know what it is...
"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
"Moderation sucks." Suse
"Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
"Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield
And, I will say it again-- Fine, does not mean optimal. It generally means the results can be found within the "normal range" given by the lab.
Case in point-- my lab's normal range is 11-152. If my result is 15 I can be seen as fine by " the normal range. However that doesn't mean I'm optimal or without symptoms of low ferritin. In fact, many believe ferritin needs to be over 50 and closer to 100 for optimal health.
Sorry Paleobird, my years of being "in the normal range" fine, yet suffering, makes me get on my soapbox about test results. I'm stepping down now.
I hope you find your solution.
I've become a major fan of Dr. Michael Eades. Here's a post on low carb/calories: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/w...nd-calories-2/ He says you can eat low carb and as many calories as you want and not gain weight, but to lose weight, most people have to calorie restrict at least a little (there are some lucky folks who don't).
Here's another post of his regarding IF: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/i...ttent-fasting/
I've also become a fan of Fast-5: http://www.fast-5.com/ I suggest you download his e-book (it's free if you register) where he talks about losing weight via IF. His is a 5 hour eat window / 19 hour fast.
I'm not a big fan of leangains - he's a little too hard core body builder for me. But I am enjoying this man's paleo/IF blog: www.theleansaloon.com Very good writer.
I know for me that I HAVE to calorie restrict to lose weight. I've also found that IFing (I have a 6 hour eat window - breakfast/lunch, skip dinner) and slight calorie restriction works like a charm for me.