Another good article on the benefits of IF

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    I fast one day a year. I have no problem getting through the day. Maybe I should try it once a week. I have a friend who has a very active fitness routine and she swears by her all day Monday fasts. She's also a vegan, so I take what she says with a grain of salt, better yet a little sausage gravy. Damn she looks good though; half Chinese, half Russian Jew.
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    Ive really come around on IF. I used to only do my yearly fast and while some years were hard most years end up being pretty easy.

    Brad Pilon who wrote the book Eat Stop Eat fasts Monday and Thursday every week.

    Others recommend shorter daily fasts such as the 16 hour fast recommened by leangains. I can say for certain that at the very least the fewer hours in a day you are eating the harder it is to consume too many calories.

    Plus fasting is really flexible and can be adjusted to your lifestyle.
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    Though telling someone you fast makes them think you are a crazy person.
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    Oh boy does it. It's hilarious if I say I'm skipping lunch at work and I get all the 'you're going to starve' or 'you need to eat to have your energy'. meanwhile I've lost 25-30 lbs over the last year while just about all of them have put on weight.
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    must be something wrong with my pc, the pics of her aren't showing up for me...:angry:

    I still fast a day a week, but a breakup with the GF screwed my diet and i went "undernourished" for a little while.

    ...bad way to lose 20 pounds in a month.
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    That's because it's akin to telling your friends and loved ones that you've found a nice Filipino lady who'll do a nipple ring for cheap.

    Point is, lose the weight THEN tell them how you lost the weight.
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    Oh I get what you mean there though it really doesn't apply to me. I just get called manorexic if i don't eat at every meal my friends want me to.

    Read an interesting analogy recently that said when it comes to fitness put on your oxygen mask first.
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    When it comes to weight loss the help is never there when you need it. If you lose weight, friends and family express concern that you're not eating enough. But if your fat social strictures prohibit loved ones from harping on your weight.
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    I was goofing around in a spreadsheet the other day <see final thought at the end>, and noticed the "power" of fasting a day. This will be a melding of two types of "fasting" <see thought at the end>...

    Lets say that you have a daily target of 2400 calories for maintenence.
    In my typical fashion, think of this in terms of a week. So, a weekly calorie need of 16,800 calories.

    Let's start on Tuesday.
    Tuesday. 3 Meals, 800 calories each: 2400 calories.
    Wednesday. 2 Meals, 1000 calories each: 2000 calories.
    Thursday. 3 Meals, 800 calories each: 2400 calories.
    Friday. 2 Meals, 1000 calories each: 2000 calroies.
    Saturday. 3 meals, 800 calories each: 2400 calories.
    Sunday. FREE FOR ALL! 5,600 calories, multiple meals.
    Monday. Fast. 0 calories.

    ...
    From a numbers perspective.... how is this not attractive? 3 days of the week, you eat perfectly "normal", 3 meals a day. 2 days of the week, just skip breakfast. (or you can say you are doing a 16 hour fast, if you want). The bonus day, you can eat more than double the calories you are used to normally eating... AND MAINTAIN! More than double. WOW.

    To put things in perspective, if 2400 calories a day was simply maintenence, On the "free day" you could eat a decent bowl of captain crunch cereal in the AM (500 calories), a whole meat lovers pizza sometime around lunch or a bit after (papa johns large 3200 calories, 150 for the garlic sauce), then finish the day with 2 CUPS of cookie dough ice cream (600 calories). AND STILL BE BELOW WEEKLY MAINTENCE!

    <thought>
    IMO, skipping a meal is skipping a meal. Saying you are on a "16 hour fast" is just going for shock value/being trendy. It's just skipping a meal. To me anyway.

    <final thought>
    Yeah yeah, Insert dork/nerd/engineer joke here.
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    You can have your cake and eat it too!

    But now if you feel duty-bound to eat 6 or more meals a day.
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    I sent this article to my parents and my dad completely missed the point and went into how long periods of fasting leads to diabetes which then leads to brain damage. I told him to actually read the article and why he was missing the point, but I have a feeling I wasted my time typing
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    I feel your pain.
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    It was a little surprising too because my dad is pretty intelligent person and I am walking proof. My mom politely asked out of the debate email, I responded there was no debate, I am right :)
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    I've known for awhile now that it's not a matter of intelligence. I've known lots of (otherwise) intelligent people who are convinced that they can out-exercise over-eating or that calories don't matter.
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    I'd say that the smarter someone is in general the harder it seems to be convince them they are wrong when it comes to health and fitness. Despite the fact that these otherwise very intelligent people are unlikely to accept anything without doing the proper about of research on a topic they accept and then become devoted to the most mainstream of health ideas without so much as asking "why?".
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    If Albert Einstein was alive to day he'd probably believe that high fructose corn syrup is what's killing people.
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    it nearly killed me twice. (kidney stones!)
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    Pictures? :)

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