CalvinDude Masthead
New CertificateLosing Weight

Another Observation

Posted: September 20, 2016 (11:35 AM) by CalvinDude
Don't worry, worriers. I'm not converting this blog into a weight loss blog. But I did have one other observation to make about Intermittent Fasting. And, of course, the disclaimer that I'm not a medical professional and you should always check with your doctor before doing any health changes, yadda yadda yadda.

My observation is based on a concern I had before I started IF. Namely, the concern of hunger. That is to say when I got up in the morning, I always wanted breakfast. And then lunch and dinner at the appropriate times. As well as snacks, of course.

But in IF you don't eat for 16 hours (or 20 hours, or sometimes 24 depending on what you decide to do). That means that you'll be really, really hungry by the time you eat, right? And that means that you'll gorge yourself on food because you're famished!

That's why most other diets just have smaller portions but you still end up with your three squares a day. Or sometimes it's broken into six really small meals, or various combinations of that.

Now here's my observation. When I eat a tiny, little meal...I get hungry. In fact, I get more hungry than I did before I ate anything at all. And what that means is that if I eat a small meal, then pretty soon I've eaten a large meal, for it is the case that I sorely lack willpower when it comes to resisting hunger.

If I don't eat anything, sure I stay hungry. But not as hungry as I get when I first start eating. The difference here is that when I do start eating after the fasting period is done, it's a full, regular-sized meal. So when I'm done eating, I'm not hungry anymore.

Eating small meals, therefore, actually ends up with me feeling hungry for longer periods of time because I'm never not hungry under that method. I'm just putting in small amounts of food--just enough to get my appetite roaring--and then having to cut if off while feeling ravenous.

I'm guessing I'm not alone in that. So I would say that, ironically enough, fasting to lose weight will probably leave you feeling less hungry than eating small meals throughout the day would. The hunger is less intense during the fasting period, and it's satisfied during the feeding period.

Naturally, your mileage may vary on this. But one other thing I've noticed is that while it was definitely the case at the beginning that my meals after breaking fast were a bit larger than when I was eating at every schedule mealtime, a) two slightly larger meals still have fewer calories than three normal-sized meal do, and b) as I've adjusted to this method the meals have been getting smaller so they're pretty much just normal-sized now. But the meals got smaller on their own, I'm assuming because my stomach actually is decreasing during the fasting stage so I feel fuller quicker during the feeding stage. The point is, I didn't force myself to eat smaller portions. I ate until I was full, but just made sure that I did it at a specific time rather than throughout the whole day, and now the meals have shrunk on their own.

Comments 3Rating: 0

Kent McDonald Rating: 0
OFF TOPIC SORRY! but necessary. Your Security Certificate EXPIRED on 9/22/2016. My browser tried to prevent me from entering your DANGEROUS site because you had a NON-CONFORMING security certificate. I had to record an exception for your site in order to proceed. FYI
Kent McDonald Rating: 0
ON TOPIC PORTION. When I was in the military (50 years ago!) I went through survival school. Part of this was a trek through the wilderness on the edge of the Rockies for 6 days. We could eat anything we wanted as long as we killed it or picked it off a tree or bush. The only water available was to be had by eating snow. After 3 days your hunger pains totally disappear, because your body starts getting its energy from stored fat reserves instead. I lost 11 pounds in 6 days but ONLY because I was also under extreme distress of walking and climbing miles through the snow while trying to evade capture 24 hours a day. I don't recommend survival school as a method for losing weight, (although effective), just to note that hunger pains go away naturally as your body switches to fat burning.
CalvinDude Rating: 0
Hello Kent :-)

Yes, I know about the security certificate expiring, which is somewhat frustrating because I've already paid for the renewal and am just waiting for the host to finish it up. Part of the problem was that the payment went through on the weekend, so I'm hoping it gets wrapped up today. If not, I will be needing to have words with them since it doesn't help my site at all!

As for your on topic portion--THANK YOU for your service :-) I mean that from the bottom of my heart. And you are correct that the survival school diet is not really a good one to recommend. The nice thing is that the difference between that and intermittent fasting is that IF is designed to give you full meals.

Essentially, if you restrict your calories, say by dropping from 2000 calories per day to 1500, then your body adjusts over time and your metabolism slows. So you were burning 2000 calories per day before (assuming you were stable weight), and yeah you drop some weight when you first drop calories, but soon your body compensates so that if you eat 1500 calories you're also only burning 1500 calories.

In IF, it appears that your body does NOT adjust, as long as you do eat full meals. In other words, if you eat 2000 calories one day, then 0 the next, then 2000 the next, etc. then your body never shifts from burning 2000 per day. This method means you're eating 2000 calories every 2 days. But if you cut to 1000 calories every day, while you would still be burning 2000 calories every 2 days your metabolism will slow significantly.

In any case, it has thus far been working for me, although I have no desire to do that survival school diet :-D

Again, thank you so much for your service to our country. God bless you! :-)
New CertificateLosing Weight
Content on the site is copyright 1996 - 2017 by Peter Pike. All Rights Reserved. This page works best with HTML 5 browsers.
By accessing this site, you acknowledge your agreement with our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.