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    I have been doing Intermittent fasting for a while using Brad Pilon's Eat Stop Eat guidelines. I have always enjoyed the IF and felt good during the fasting period.


    I just started my Primal Blueprint lifestyle change a couple weeks ago. I did the slow progression into it and have felt really good.


    Today (starting at 7PM last night) was my first IF since starting the Primal change. All I can say is WOW! I have NEVER felt this good during a fast. There has always been moments of "hunger" during my IF in the past but not today. I haven't wanted anything all day. Plain green tea and water are the only two things I have ingested since 7PM last night and I haven't even thought of food or hunger since.


    I am not sure if it can be attributed to the Primal Blueprint nutrition but this truly is the first time I have felt completely at ease during a fast.


    Feel free to share your thoughts on this or challenge yourself to do a fast once you are settled into the primal nutrition lifestyle!


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    Definitely is due to the primal way of eating...


    Fasting is pretty comfortable for me too. Sometimes I get a little "tummy rumble" around mealtimes, but it's habit-"hunger" not actual hunger... and I can easily do a 24 hour fast.

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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    What is your IF schedule? Sorry I'm not familiar with the eat stop eat methodology. In the short search that I did it seems that it is very flexible. Just curious.


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    I've been IF'ing every single day (~20 hours) for a little over a week and I feel great. I don't even get hungry anymore, and I have a lot more free time;. It doesn't even feel like fasting anymore! It's fantastic how I adapted to this so quickly: I never thought I could go so long without eating! I'm probably going to stick to one-meal a day for all my life.

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    Why do you guys personally fast?


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    Fasting for me is an additional tool to help control my nutrition. It helps in a leaning out phase and also gives you ownership over hunger and cravings. It is pretty liberating.


    As to how I fast with ESE, it is very basic. Choose a time of day to stop eating (I usually choose just after dinner 6-7 PM). You do not consume any calories (including chewing gum, breath mints...). I only drink water and plain unsweetened green tea during my fast. Fast for a complete 24 hours from the time you last eat until the next feeding. As a word of caution, you may want to have an early dinner on your fast start day so you can have a very controlled "break-fast" meal. I try to have something like fruit and nuts and then wait a couple hours to have a good meal but still a normal sized primal meal. Tonight I had leftover lambchops and a salad.


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    Outside of some Thanksgiving indulging and general snacking, I&#39;ve been doing a daily 22-hour IF for the last couple of weeks.


    One meal a day works out great for me, especially with my work schedule now.


    1) It saves time.


    2) It saves money.


    3) It restricts calories.


    4) It burns fat.


    5) I feel totally energetic.





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    I&#39;ve been following Warrior Diet guidelines off and on since July... for the last few months have just been cutting breakfast and not eating until around noon, but now I am back to a full daily fast and am feeling pretty good. All day during school I was awake and alert with no drowsiness, and after the early morning my hunger mostly subsided and I didn&#39;t start eating until 8 PM, about 22 hours without food. I also went to a pretty intense wrestling practice and I felt even less hungry than before.


    All in all, a good experience. My mother won&#39;t stop worrying though .


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    Is this ideal, though? I know smaller meals are reccomended, since even a meal only high in fat and protein can still have an effect on insulin given the size of the meal...Personally, I feel much better after a good hearty meal rather than hours after I&#39;ve eaten breakfast, even though my carb intake generally (incidently) lands between 50-75g a day. I won&#39;t necessarily feel very hungry, just kind of spacey. What would you guestimate your calorie intake is for a pre-fast meal? I&#39;ve tried fasting, but I don&#39;t really find it too important...Not something I&#39;d really stress to do...I think I&#39;d be a little nervous if I started losing any more weight, which seems to be the main intention of a fast, correct?


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    Fasting for sure is a weight loss tool and you don&#39;t really need to adopt that into your nutritional plan. Once I hit my happy weight using the Primal Blueprint and IF, I will likely give up the IF unless I need it out of convenience. Sometimes I am on remote photo shoots for an entire day so that may be handy...I will however ensure I refeed adequately.


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