The issue is that a lot of us seem to be finding that we can't maintain our weight loss without continuing on with our same schedule of fasting. As several of us have found, fasting seems to make us eat a lot more on our non-fast days. After several months of comfortable fasting, I am also finding myself hungrier on fast days, which is making fasting harder, not easier for me.
Most worrisome to me is that I am noticing a disinclination to fast creeping into my thought patterns. But after seeing so many people coming in who fasted for long times, got to goal or near (as I have) and then regained a lot of weight, I think this needs to be explored by all of us adopting this life.
It took me 3 years of eating a ketogenic low carb diet to get to where I was feeling the kind of disinclination I am feeling right now for fasting. It took me many years of watching calories to get to this state, too, where the thought of fasting twice a week forever is no longer exciting, but feeling a bit grim.
I am at a great wieight, and I don't want to regain. I have regained significant weight in the past (once) and it took me a long time to get it back off. I'm older now and have an even lower TDEE.
But I am starting to wonder if perhaps dieting with intermittant fasting is doing something new and different to my brain hormones than my previous day-to-day diets did, something that is making it much harder to stick with the way I'm eating. So I'm starting to wonder whether it really will be possible to maintain. If I start dreading my two weekly fasts, this is going to be a big problem. As it is, I am barely maintaining my current weight fasting 2 times a week and being very good about hitting my calorie counts on fast days.
If I have to start counting calories every day to maintain, which I didn't have to do to lose 10 lbs, I will not be a happy camper. The beauty of this diet for me was that I could for the first time in decades eat like a normal person for 5 days of the week. If I have to go back to dieting every single day, well, it won't work and I will regain.
So what are your thoughts and experiences here. Please note that I'm a small old lady and my TDEE is about 1500 calories, so if you can maintain at 2200 some of the the strategies that will work nicely for you will not work for me. Sadly, our desire to eat delicious foods in social situations does not drop with our TDEE as we age. 1500 calories a day is very little food, and to achieve that TDEE you have to obsessively count every morsel you put in your mouth because it is so easy to exceed it.