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barbarita wrote: What you describe is known as time restricted eating or eating Windows. Your version of it is called OMAD, for one meal a day. There is a Facebook group for it. Popular methods which have longer eating Windows are Fast-5 (19 hour fast, eat within 5 consecutive hours) and 16:8 (fast 16 hours, eat within 8 consecutive hours). Do you consume any calories in drinks other than with your evening meal @newgirl?
Thanks for your reply Barbarita,I only drink water during the day,and 2 glasses of wine some nights
I haven 't read all the posts on the forum, but there are not a lot of comments regarding how the gut and overall feeling responds to a diet. IMO it is not all about weightloss. If you feel crappy the whole day due to constipation, diarrhea or lack of energy is not worth it.
16/8 was, to my surprise, amazingly easy and I am pretty sure I can do that for the rest of my life. My gut responds very well to the routine (but I need to start eating with a small meal with a lot of fibers) - and I also think my brain works better during fasting period.
18/6 is a bit harder though, especially in the weekends but results seem to be better with that method. I think after I reached the BMI I am aiming for I will add a cheatday in the weekend and if possible gradually return to 16/8.
The cheatday will then still include a fasting period but maybe longer feasting window with less healthy foods and some alcohol. Also might give 5:2 a try - just to see if it works for me too.
I don't believe in a one-size=fits-all diet and that is one of the reasons why I love the fasting method, you can easily tweak it. Everyone is different (eg. age, gender, genes..) so I love to read stories from other folks that experimented with a certain diet to obtain optimal health.
Well, some (?) years ago I heard about the 5:2 method. I had been low-carbing and it had stopped being effective.
So the 5:2 was a Godsend. I bought the book, and religiously fasted twice a week and did very well in losing my extra kilos and pounds.
I am a Christian and I am interested in the Christian fasting tradition... So when I started extended fasts before Christmas and at Lent, I used the window method.
I have also sometimes tried Alternate Day fasting.
Anyway, as I have reached my 60s, I note that the weight goes up easier and easier. So it is August now and I am doing my window fasting: 21/3. I am amazed at how easy it is. At first I lose a lot. And then I don't lose any for a while, and then I start losing again.
At the moment I have been stuck at 57.9 kg for days. But I am not worried. I feel so good on this regime.
I am amazed it never occurred to me (or maybe I just didn't want to think about it) to record calories consumed and adjust down days before or after I had a high caloric intake day.....
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