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Old 09-24-2018, 07:22 PM   #1  
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Hi! I am new to this site. I have been reading up on IF and would like to give it a try. There are so many different ways and info out there. I would love some feed back from ladies who have some success with it.

I have thoughts of using a 6 hour eating window each day and trying to keep calories around 1200 during that time. I wonder is this too low?

I also wonder if crystal light in my water would be ok after the window closes. I know it's not the best but I may need a taste of something before bed. Maybe lemon water would be better. The calories would be small but I don't know if that will mess up the fasting period.

Thanks so much for any advice!
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Old 09-28-2018, 07:33 PM   #2  
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Hi! I am new to this site. I have been reading up on IF and would like to give it a try. There are so many different ways and info out there. I would love some feed back from ladies who have some success with it.

I have thoughts of using a 6 hour eating window each day and trying to keep calories around 1200 during that time. I wonder is this too low?

I also wonder if crystal light in my water would be ok after the window closes. I know it's not the best but I may need a taste of something before bed. Maybe lemon water would be better. The calories would be small but I don't know if that will mess up the fasting period.

Thanks so much for any advice!

Hi there, I have been doing IF since mid May, and I love it. I am doing well. More successful than any thing else I have done. and it feels sustainable, also Important. I have taken off 30 pounds, 3 inches, and my A1C (a measure of average blood sugars) has gone down from 5.9 to 5.6, and my doctor is delighted.
I would buy the Obesity Code or the Diabetes Code by Dr. Fung for sure.
Drinks that are ok while fasting are plain water, plain soda water, tea or coffee. No sweeteners at all. No crystal lite or diet drinks. at all.
Fat is better. SO think heavy cream (whipping cream) in the tea or coffee is ok while fasting.
Do NOT count calories. You should be eating normally, but healthy foods, or move toward low carb/high fat or Keto if you prefer. Dr. Fung explains why you should not be limiting calories, or counting. Its been very freeing for me.
Before you start, please do read more about it, I am happy to support, but not ready to be a guru yet1
I usually hang out in the diabetes support group, feel free to visit there or PM me if you want
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Thanks so much to both of you! That is very helpful and encouraging!
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Hi there, I'm new to IF also! Maybe we can support each other. I'm planning to eat between 1-9 pm each day. 4 more hours to go until it's time to eat!
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@Linewife, I just realized we are both in East TN!
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I will give IF a try, I heard this is effective but patience is the key, is that right?
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Alright, I have been off the site for a while. I am giving this IF a try. The Obesity Code book is ordered and on the way. If you girls are interested in supporting each other in this it might help us! I need to do something! My weight has crept up again. I have started the best I know how today without having read the book.
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Hi! I am new to this site. I have been reading up on IF and would like to give it a try. There are so many different ways and info out there. I would love some feed back from ladies who have some success with it.

I have thoughts of using a 6 hour eating window each day and trying to keep calories around 1200 during that time. I wonder is this too low?

I also wonder if crystal light in my water would be ok after the window closes. I know it's not the best but I may need a taste of something before bed. Maybe lemon water would be better. The calories would be small but I don't know if that will mess up the fasting period.

Thanks so much for any advice!
Well, to be honest, I lost 70 kilos and never did IF. So, I don't know how effective it is although I have heard positive reviews about it. The principles for IF are the same except it just dictates the eating window.

Regarding the calories, it looks a decent place to start but I don't think its a bright idea unless you have your calculations right.

My suggestion, understand the term BMR and TDEE Calories. Once you know these, give a calorie deficit of not more then 10-15% of your TDEE calories. Then create your diet and follow 16:8 or 18:6 protocol depending on your comfort level.
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