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Old 05-07-2013, 05:59 AM   #421
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Ya I am still here too trucking along. My "new scale" first read 217 then 217.8 when I did a re-weigh. I get frustrated as I like it to be consistant! LOL

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I can step on and off my scale too and the numbers change on the digital read out. I finally quit doing that and just step on it once. Then I don't feel like I am messing with the numbers.
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For all that do IF, do you have cream and coffee before a meal on most days? I'd miss this extremely most of all if I couldn't.
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Good morning! Enjoying some greek yogurt with peanut butter mixed in for a slightly early breakfast today. Team meeting during the time I usually eat, so I decided to eat now so my stomach won't be grumbling like crazy later on.

Tuesday is my usual weigh in, but due to TOM, I stayed off the scale. I'll jump back on next week.
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For all that do IF, do you have cream and coffee before a meal on most days? I'd miss this extremely most of all if I couldn't.
I have coffee with a smidge of cream and some unsweetened almond milk. I can then daily go until noon to eat. Most articles seem to think this is OK. Some people even use coconut oil and don't worry.
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For all that do IF, do you have cream and coffee before a meal on most days? I'd miss this extremely most of all if I couldn't.
Yes, I still have coffee every morning! Sometimes I make it with cream, sometimes with butter. I have my coffee around 8am and don't eat lunch until around 1pm.
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Hi all. Still here! I am today my lowest weight and down a solid 20 lbs in 7 months. Today 214.6 lbs! I do one big "regular" meal of whatever I want, and sometimes another extreme LC meal. I do a combo of IF with CAD/CALP. I eat 1800-2600 cals a day. I do not suffer one bit and other than super slow weight loss I love this WOE and really can have my cake and eat it to. All I have done is change the way I eat carbs and focused on Insulin Resistance and eating for IR and NOT on counting carbs, calories or doing extreme low cal to lose weight.

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Hello my beautiful friends!

MIW, that's awesome!

I am down another pound today. That's 10.5 pounds since October (but I didn't start IF until January.) I LOVE this way of eating so much. I had cheesecake the other day! And I have chocolate covered nuts for desert every night!

I have continued to track my calories and exercise, for a point of reference. I am eating 1500-1600 calories a day and working on getting 5000 steps a day. Less than 100 carbs a day, even with my daily desert (yum!) So easy for me to do this, and I will just keep doing what I'm doing and let my body choose a stopping point. Counting is just for informational purposes...I eat yogurt, an apple, peanut butter, nuts, and string cheese during the day and then have a dinner of whatever I choose (gluten free, due to allergies.) Easy to do every day.

Yes, the weight loss is very slow, but I've finally found out how to ease into maintenance. The slow loss is definitely worth it.
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Can you all give me feedback on my first IF day? This is what happened during day 1:

I had coffee 9a and fasted until 11:45a.
1st meal: 3 eggs, 3 slices turkey bacon, coffee (is that enough?)
Snacks/ no real second meal: Two apples throughout the day, 1 atkins bar
3rd meal 8:30p: Beef stew (just the beef, good portion of it), mushrooms, sugar free ice cream.

Here is my problem that makes me nervous: I was completely starving before each meal. Maybe this takes some adjustment, but that makes me feel I’ll lose control one day. Once I got home, I wanted to eat EVERYTHING on the counter top. I wont, but that’s the feeling I felt before dinner. I felt full as if I overdid dinner/dessert. As the weeks go on, I will completely shorten my window. I told myself I would start 8.5/16.5 for the first week.

Is this correct for day 1?
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Another new low on my scale today! Wow! I am so surprised.

Millenia, there really are no hard and fast rules for how to do a perfect IF day. If you're really hungry before each meal, you probably need to eat more food. It DOES take time to get adjusted to any window, and you may need to take some time to figure out what will work best for you. I'd say to keep working on finding the right balance so that you're not super hungry before you eat because you're right....anything that feels like "starving" or deprivation will most likely lead to binge eating later on.
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Another new low on my scale today! Wow! I am so surprised.

Millenia, there really are no hard and fast rules for how to do a perfect IF day. If you're really hungry before each meal, you probably need to eat more food. It DOES take time to get adjusted to any window, and you may need to take some time to figure out what will work best for you. I'd say to keep working on finding the right balance so that you're not super hungry before you eat because you're right....anything that feels like "starving" or deprivation will most likely lead to binge eating later on.
Thanks. Your progress looks great. How much have you lost in this time since Jan?
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Since January, I have lost 7.8 pounds!
That's awesome. And you don't even feel like you're trying really, right?

What would kill me is your 6p stop time. Do you eat dinner with anyone? How do you work that out? I don't even get home until after 7p, and hubby and I don't have dinner until at least 8:30p. Sigh.
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Milenia, I do better if I just eat one meal a day. I feel stuffed and do eat alot at that one meal but I am content. Look at the CAD board. A lot of us are doing this. Believe me I have a huge appetite too.
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Week 1- 235 (235)

Week 2- 231 229 (230) -5 lbs

Week 3- 228 (228) -1 lb

Week 4- 227 226 (226.5) -1.5 lbs

Week 5- 225 227 228 225 (226.25) -0.25 lbs

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Milenia, I do better if I just eat one meal a day. I feel stuffed and do eat alot at that one meal but I am content. Look at the CAD board. A lot of us are doing this. Believe me I have a huge appetite too.
Yes, most days I only eat once, sometimes 2 meals. I follow CAD also. Try to get enough protein, veggies, then carb of your choice. Sometimes when I do 2 meals a day I do all the protein/fat and veggies in the CM, then for my one our "reward meal" I don't keep track and eat whatever I feel like. I eat 1800-2600 calories a day and 100-160 carbs a day on the days I have done random audits. The weight loss is super slow but I am NEVER hungry and ALWAYS satisfied! This is for life.

I switched in the last few months to combine CAD with IF and now only eat in one hour a day to two meals that are spaced 4-7 hours apart for my eating window. I am less hungry and losing better this way.

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Yes, most days I only eat once, sometimes 2 meals. I follow CAD also. Try to get enough protein, veggies, then carb of your choice. Sometimes when I do 2 meals a day I do all the protein/fat and veggies in the CM, then for my one our "reward meal" I don't keep track and eat whatever I feel like. I eat 1800-2600 calories a day and 100-160 carbs a day on the days I have done random audits. The weight loss is super slow but I am NEVER hungry and ALWAYS satisfied! This is for life.

I switched in the last few months to combine CAD with IF and now only eat in one hour a day to two meals that are spaced 4-7 hours apart for my eating window. I am less hungry and losing better this way.

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Sounds great. How large are your typical meals when you eat twice a day?
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Sounds great. How large are your typical meals when you eat twice a day?
Below are recent meals in the last couple of weeks that I can remember. I don't follow IF only. I do a combo of IF with CAD. On Carbohydrate Addict's Diet you can only have extreme Low Carb meals called Craving reducing meals or CM's. You also get a one hour meal called a Reward Meal that can be with carbs. On CAD, each meal has to be eaten within one hour, and you need to give at least 90 minutes between meals. However you can have up to 2 CM's plus a snack and an RM daily if needed. I was eating over a 14 hour period some days until I brought in IF and now eat within a 4-8 hour window most days. I also only eat once or some days twice now. On true IF people can graze and eat as frequently or infrequently as they want within their window but since I do beleive I have insulin resistance I find following the CAD way of eating to be better in reducing the effects of excess insulin in my body which would happen if I did a 5 hour graze-a-thon. I limit to the one hour per meal and ONLY eat the CM if I am hungry. Most days I am not and eating one meal a day and fasting for the other 23 works just fine.

This was an RM only day at a BBQ I had a bowl of manilla clams (about 1 c of the clam meat) dipped in butter, a big handfull of strawberries, a BBQ pulled pork sandwich on a small bun, a can of budweiser beer, a regular sized snickers bar, drank about 2liters of water that day, maybe more. No CM that day so I didn't get my usual large salad so sad about missing out on veggies but it was a special occaision.

These are my meals usually one day a week when I am at work: For lunch CM I will have a large 4-6 C salad of mixed greens with regular Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, 2 TBSP of coconut oil, a burger pattie, sometimes 2, and a string cheese. Then for RM at a sushi bar I will have about 16-20 pc of sushi of any type dipped in soy sauce and wasabi, a large dark Saporo japanese beer, and a small oreo cookie milkshake and small slice of cheese cake that I get from Jack in the Box drive thru for dessert. I also drink at least 2 liters of water/ plain herbal teas like chamomile and peppermint.

Some days if I am on the road I have an RM only day and it will be Taco Bell. One day I got a soft taco, crunchy taco, a gordita, a chicken cheese quesidilla, the cinnstix, and ate 2 snickers bars. I also get the regular sized fruit punch that goes with the meal and I drink an additional 2L of water daily.

Yesterday at work I had for my lunch CM 2 eggs, 3 pc bacon, and a large 4 C salad with ranch dsg. For RM I was running late and had McDonalds: I got a grilled chicken with chili sauce wrap, a regular sized quarter pounder with cheese and fries meal, and a cherry pie. I also walked 2 miles that day for exercise but it was for fun and wasn't planned- just happened!

These are not my most usual RM's, just some recent memorable ones. At home where I have less temptation and more choices at my disposal I eat usually try to eat healthier foods. Most is organic, and I make a lot of smoothies that are with strawberries, bananas, grapes, apples, and also dandelion greens, cabbage, cilantro, parsley, spinach, celery, etc. Whenever I do go to fast food places I always get the "regular" or small sized stuff as a way to compensate for the amount of carbs and junk calories.

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Yes, this is really easy for me and I don't feel like I am dieting at all. And I lost another three ounces today, so that's 11.1 since October. Hooray!

I eat dinner with my daughter every night. She's home from school about 4, and I'm off work at 4:30. I get home, and we have plenty of time to eat before 6 or 6:30, plus I always have desert. When I have a good dinner, there's just no need to snack. Easy!

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Today was an RM only day eaten within an hour and I started at 2pm.

3 C chicken noodle medley (prepackaged) 900 cal
4 oz baked chicken meat 135 cal
6 C mixed baby green salad 45 cal
4 TBSP Hidden Valley Ranch dsg 280 cal
4 C water melon 185 cal
10 regular oreo cookies 400 cal

Total Calories: 1945

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For fun, here is another of my daily tabulations of my RM. Today was another RM only day that I started at 10:45am and was done by 11:45am.

2 large flour tortillas 380 cal
1/2 C mozarella chz 180 cal
1 C shredded baked chicken 125 cal
1/3 C salsa 30 cal
1/3 C sour cream 180 cal
6 C salad 100 cal
3 TBSP creamy balsamic dsg 135 cal
16oz iced caramel mocha 2% 330 cal
10 oreo cookies 400 cal

Total calories: 1860 cal

I don't count frequently and only do random checks to be sure I am getting ENOUGH calories, not to see if I am staying beneath a certain amount. Sounds weird but I am actually worried about going too low and reaching starvation mode... I figure as long as I can eat this much and continue to lose I will do so

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This week is my lowest weekly avg in 7 months!!! Just wanted to share You can see how there are ups and downs and it is slow but this is the point how you just have to stick with this WOE and not give up and track track track as that is the only way you will see the downward trends.

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Week 18- 220 220 220.5 220 220 220 219.5 (220) -0.57 lb

Week 19- 220 218 219 218.5 218.5 218.5 217.5 (218.57) -1.43

Week 20- 218.5 219.5 220 220 220 220 220 (219.7) +1.10

Week 21- 218.5 218.5 218.5 218.5 217.5 217.5 218 (218.14) -1.56

Week 22- 219.5 219.5 220 220 219.5 218.5 218.5 (219.36) +1.22

Week 23- 216 215.5 217 217.5 216.5 215 215 (216.07) -3.29

Week 24- 215.5 X X 217 215.8 216.8 217.4 (216.5) +0.43

Week 25- 215.5 217 216 217 217.6 217.8 215.8 (216.67) +0.17

Week 26- 218.2 X 219 217.8 219.2 218.2 X (218.5) +1.81

Week 27- 217 216.6 216 216.6 217 217.8 219 (217.14) -1.36

Week 28- 217.6 217 216.6 216.6 217 217.6 217 (217.06) -0.08

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I have trouble actaully getting over 2000 calories, especially if I am only doing one meal a day. I am trying to move my RM earlier in the day based off a lot of people having excellent results with doing it earlier. Makes it a bit harder if it turns out to be an RM only day for me because I usually do not get hungry again until about an hour or 2 before bed and by then I am not ready to break my fast just to appease my hunger. Today I did RM at 10:04-11:04am and will be busy all day but will probably get hungry again right at bedtime and will just drink some water and sleep it off. Funny how when I wake up the next day I am not hungry at all.

Todays RM:

1 1/2 toasted tuna fish sandwiches on whole wheat: 800 cal

20 oz homemade caramel mocha ice latte with 2%: 400 cal

Large smoothie of strawberry, banana, grapes,
mandarin oranges, watermelon, apple: 390 cal

1 fried egg: 80 cal

1 pc bacon: 50 cal

4 oreo cookies: 160 cal

1 C mixed greens: siberian miner's lettuce,
cilantro, parsley: 10 cal

Total Calories: 1890 calories

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I tried IF fasting for 1 week and I have to say it's not for me, sadly. My husband (naturally thin person but a body builder) eats like this naturally and it would be awesome to do it with him.

Plus, I don't have to think about my meals for the day. HOWEVER, it caused huge binging when it comes time to dinnertime. I don't know how you all hold out sometimes 7 hours between your first and second meals. Additionally, I've gained weight (I'm sure do to my huge dinners and fighting binging before dinner). Not cool to feel out of control like that.

I guess this isn't for me, so I ended today. Boo
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So, guess what? I lost another 7 ounces! I can't believe it. My body just likes what I'm doing right now. I started jumping on the trampoline for exercise instead of just riding my bike, and for some reason, it's working. That's the only thing I've changed.

I started at 158 last October (just doing whatever) and was 155 at the beginning of the year. Today I weighed in at 146.2. I am so pleased with how this is working and how easy it is and how I can stay with it for the long term.

My eating schedule is like this, for anyone who is reading and wondering:

10 am: yogurt and nuts
noon: apple and peanut butter
three pm: pistachios and string cheese
six pm: dinner, a plate of whatever I want, plus desert

On the weekends, I'll often skip the yogurt and go out for lunch. On Saturday, we went to Sweet Tomatoes, and I had a salad, plus chicken, and a couple of spoonfuls of ice cream. On Sunday, we went to a local burger place, where I had a bunless burger, plus half an order of fries.

I have been entering my calories, just to get an idea, and I am in the 1500-1600 calorie a day range.

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I tried IF fasting for 1 week and I have to say it's not for me, sadly. My husband (naturally thin person but a body builder) eats like this naturally and it would be awesome to do it with him.

Plus, I don't have to think about my meals for the day. HOWEVER, it caused huge binging when it comes time to dinnertime. I don't know how you all hold out sometimes 7 hours between your first and second meals. Additionally, I've gained weight (I'm sure do to my huge dinners and fighting binging before dinner). Not cool to feel out of control like that.

I guess this isn't for me, so I ended today. Boo
I agree, you just have to do what is right for you and if it is not working or you are not enjoying it then how can you keep it up? I will say however that many body builders DO intermittent fasting so I think it is interesting that your husband doesn't. It doesn't have to be a binge but you only eat over a smaller confined space of time instead of grazing all day long. Body builders have found by eating more protein, and over a few hours (up to 8 max) and fasting the rest of the time they are buring more fat and building more muscle.

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I agree, you just have to do what is right for you and if it is not working or you are not enjoying it then how can you keep it up? I will say however that many body builders DO intermittent fasting so I think it is interesting that your husband doesn't. It doesn't have to be a binge but you only eat over a smaller confined space of time instead of grazing all day long. Body builders have found by eating more protein, and over a few hours (up to 8 max) and fasting the rest of the time they are buring more fat and building more muscle.

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Yes, he does eat like this naturally. He has eaten IF style long before anyone heard about it. That's what I meant. Sorry if I wasn't clear
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:20 PM   #447
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Millenia, the secret to success in my opinion is to find what works for you and to do what you can repeatedly do day after day forever. I'm sorry that IF wasn't a match for you, but I'm sure you'll find the right plan for you soon! Thanks for posting here with us!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:01 AM   #448
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Just wanted to say Hi! I'm new and am glad I found you

I started the "skip breakfast" IF. I don't really know what my diet is technically called--I have eliminated fried foods and processed sugars/flour, eat grilled or baked chicken and fish and increased my fresh fruits and veggies.

I hope you all have a great day,
Kari

P.S. Millenia, I had responded to your other post. I agree...do what fits your lifestyle...that's why I am doing IF. You'll find the right plan

EDIT: Typo
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:53 AM   #449
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Welcome, Kari! I like your IF approach--sounds great!

I am down to 146. Hooray! Wearing a size medium top, and my size large skirt is loose. I may have to pick up one more new skirt for my summer work wardrobe. That's 12 pounds since October, 9 pounds since January, and down from a large to a medium and from a 10 to an 8. I'll take it!

Just had my yogurt and nuts for a late breakfast. Typical menu for me today, and not sure what we'll enjoy for dinner quite yet.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:10 AM   #450
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Today's RM eaten 9:20-10:20am:

2 large fried pork chops with salt and pepper and olive oil (no breading)
6 C salad with approx. 4 TBSP regular Hidden Valley Ranch Dsg.
20oz iced decaf vanilla-caramel sauce latte with 1 C whole milk
1/2 C vanilla ice cream
1/4 can root beer (to make a small root beer float)
2 large brownies

This will most likely be another RM only day but Hubby is getting back on CAD with me and is baking a chicken for later so I may have a CM later within 8 hours and have more salad as well. We'll see. I am noticing each day how I feel so full all day long even eating so early. I have also found the key to doing RM only is to get really full as well.

Today I am 214.8 lbs which is my lowest wt since Nov 1st! (I was 214.6 lbs the other day but this is still within the margin of error, LOL).


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