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    I'm interested in intermittent fasting for health. I don't see myself doing 24 hour fasts. I'd love to hear more about variations on IF, and any research you all have found related to IFing and health. Skipping meals here and there seems doable to me. Eating in a window of time (like 8 hours--not seeing myself doing just 5 yet) seems possible too. I'm interested in figuring out what would work best for *me*. And I'm interested in which forms are most healthy/helpful to my body. I don't care about weight--I just want to do it to continue improving/bettering my health.


    So I'm just looking to read up on it all b/4 throwing myself into it. If you have links about studies on it, or what is necessary to make a fast beneficial (like minimum number of hours how many times a week, etc.) I'd be really interested to see them! I've been reading a bit in the archives of the MDA blog/site, but would love to check out more! (I know I'll learn what feels best to me from just *doing* it, but I'd love to learn more about the science behind it and what makes others feel good first!)


    TIA for any responses!


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    http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2008/8/11/part-1-what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-fast-energy-production/


    The link is to the first of a many-part blog post series on IF. VERY good information.


    I think it's a great thing to do but don't feel like I need a schedule or like I need to be strict about it or anything... just now and then, I skip some meals. My easiest form of IF is just to not eat till lunch... usually 2 or 3 pm. Sometimes if I'm not particularly hungry I'll extend it a few hours by waiting till dinnertime. No big deal.


    My dad once told me that if you don't let your car's gas tank get close to empty now and then, you end up with old gas in the tank that never gets used... like if you fill up when it reaches a half-tank every time. And I don't know if that's bad for the car or whatever, but I periodically let my tank get almost totally empty before I fill it up...


    Same thing with IF. IF is letting your gas tank (easily available fuel - from whatever meal you recently ate, muscle glycogen stores, etc) get really EMPTY. Then you can refill with fresh fuel. It just feels really clean and refreshing.

    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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    Here is a link to an IF post on Dr. Eades' site: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/i...better-health/

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    Thanks for the links--great stuff!! I'm thinking to *try* alternate days of skipping breakfast, so like an every other day IF. I've been totally fine doing a 1x a week If, so maybe I'll move it to a 3-4X a week IF! Woo hoo!


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    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-intermittent-fasting/


    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/3-meals-a-day/


    These are way helpful to me to--just posting to keep track of them!


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