As I read through the posts, I don't fet the feeling that everyone understands IF as I do. For one IF IS ketogenic and works quite well with LC. They reinforce each other. You eat more on IF and you eat less on IF. There are days when I am crazy insane hungry and when it is time to break my fast, I eat like I am crazy insane hungry. I don't restrict my eating at all. I fill up and then I do not feel like eating for the remainder of the day.Other times, as I said in an earlier post, I don't feel like eating at all. Even though I said that I do not eat in the morning...sometimes I do eat an early morning breakfast. When I do, I do not eat supper until later on in the evening. Either way, I fast in a way that works for me. Fasting should be personalized, not standard. IMHO, intermittent fasting can mean 3 meals a day especially if you are accustomed to eating 4-6 times a day, as I was. When you begin IF, you have to do it with the acceptance that we all fast. It is impossible to eat breakfast without fasting. So if you have your last meal at 5:00 at night and then do not eat the next day until 7:00 or 8:00 A.M. You have fasted for 14 hours, if I did my math right. Does that sound difficult? Especially if you've consumed a large low carb meal. If you have a steak with a sliced avocado/shrimp salad and some buttered mashed turnips. Wash that down with a V8 and low carb cheese cake or strawberries and sour cream. Stir some whey protein into the sour cream> that will, indeed, stick with you until 7:00 the next morning. It may even last until 9:00. Also add mct or coconut oil and heavy cream to your morning coffee, you just may not want to eat until 10:00 or noon. So it depends on what you eat when you fast. If you plan on fasting, don't do it without a good hearty, filling low carb meal. Do not be afraid to eat a lot of food, if you want it. I am beginning to believe that losing weight has nothing to do with how little or how much we eat but with reducing the meal frequencies.I take that back, weightloss relies on eating well but less frequently. Stay very low carb and don't be afraid to eat, eat, eat. I increased my fats by implementing more butter, real cream, coconut oil,mct, Krill oil.
Well, you might ask, how can you fast and take in calories. Well, if calories do not count when you are eating lc, then they definitely do not count when you are fasting...so add some extra fats to your fast. I take my supplements in the AM when I am fasting...after drinking my morning coffee with cream and coconut oil. Don't do this scientifically, do it realistically. If you fast scientifically, you will fail. Fasting existed long before "science". People who relied on fasting for their very survival consumed a high amount of fats without looking at the clock. They ate when they had food, not when their watch said it is time to eat. They gorged on food because the had no idea when their next meal would be. This is how I fast. If miss cavewomen was ressurected and had to meld her lifestyle into the lifestyle of modern man/woman, how would she do it? She would look for the fattiest cuts of meat, cream, ghee, butter, coconut oil, chocolate ( any woman's dream low carb treat ), nut butters,nuts,avocadoes,cheeses. All of these things would be highest on her shopping list and highly ketogenic: a word she knew nothing about but knew that these foods would stick to her ribs for days....Then she would choose berries, pumpkin, vegetables. She would also eat a relatively enormous amount of food because she had no idea when her next meal would be. Afterall, she has experienced going days without eating, not by choice. So the idea is to not only eat well, but eat in a way that would control your desire to eat. Imagine hot cocoa made with cream, water, cocoa and splenda. Umm, how delicious and great during the winter months.My favorite meal is collards baked in a large casserole dish with texas pork ribs, bacon, crushed pepper flakes, chicken broth and butter. This is good eatin', y'all and did not pop into my head until I began fasting. I craved this. Although I have eaten this, I never had it all baked in a dutch oven. But, it was perfect for my day. My kids loved it. I had guests for a few days this summer. I served this to them and they loved it. How about chicken thighs stuffed with brie and blueberries. Never did these unusual food ideas cross my mind until I began IFing. But whatever my body cries out for, I feed it. If I were craving chocolate ice cream, that is what I would eat...as long as I entered my fasting window.
Either way, the reason I am sucessful with IF is that I do it in a way that works for me. That being said, I never begin a fast without a big healthy low carb meal. If I am having a day where my appetite small, I eat in accordance even though my fast is about to start. Ugh, I am getting sleepy and beginning to ramble but I hope that I have been helpful.