How to Get Started With Intermittent Fasting

For years, the concept of lots of small meals throughout the day really clicked with me, and is often prescribed to help you lose weight.

If you space out your meals evenly, keep your calorie count low, you’ll lose weight, right?  I’ve even talked about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Lots of people follow the “eat multiple meals a day” ideology and lose weight, so it works.  Less calories, more meals, evenly spread out.  It makes sense.

However, I’ve recently done some research and reading on IF…which also makes a lot of sense to me.  By not eating every once a while, your body has to burn the fat in your system for energy, which would lead to weight loss.  Also, by not eating for twenty four hours, you’re pushing your body into a calorie deficit, which also leads to weight loss.  It makes sense.

So, how can these two seemingly conflicting ideologies both make sense? Simple – they both allow your body to burn more calories than you consume.  And, if other research on the body’s physiology while fasting is to be believed, there are multiple other benefits as well.

Let’s get down to business.

Note: Years after writing this article I came back to intermittent fasting and wrote a full length guide. Check out The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting.

What the Hell is Intermittent Fasting?

IF is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: you purposely avoid eating for a twenty-four hour period (or two) during the week. Why?  Because recent studies have shown that your metabolism operates more on a marathon basis (how many calories consumed over a long period of time) than on a sprint basis (what you ate yesterday).  Prior to this research, I was giving way too much credit to my stomach – it’s not nearly as intelligent as I thought.  Think long term when it comes to calories consumed and burned, not short term.

Mark over at Mark’s Daily Apple has a great write-up on the evolutionary science behind fasting. Mark runs one of the most thorough and successful paleo diet blogs out there, and I highly value his opinion.  I love looking into the evolutionary aspects of diet and fitness, and I’m often very weary of any new “breakthrough” that requires a pill or drink or anything.  We’ve survived as a species for tens of thousands of years with diet, exercise, and intelligence.

Fasting is one of those evolutionary aspects that makes complete sense to me.

How Does it Work?

Our bodies are genetically engineered to deal with feast or famine.  10,000 years ago, surprisingly there was no free All-Star Slam Breakfast from Denny’s!   Our bodies need fuel to operate, and if there isn’t any food in the stomach to pull from, it uses the fat stored within the body for energy.  The fat gets burned for energy, the body keeps moving, and thus becomes leaner.

Secondly, because of these skipped meals, you are putting your body into a calorie deficit (averaged out for the week).  Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, so start thinking of your calories more in terms of weekly units rather than daily amounts, if that helps.  More calories burned compared to calories consumed = weight loss!

Here’s a video from Brad over at Eat Stop Eat (which reads like an infomercial, ugh…but it’s legit) explaining the similarities between fasting and exercise.  He also wrote a guest post over on Fitness Black Book.  I considered setting up an affiliate link for Brad’s e-book in case you’re interested in purchasing it, but I didn’t want you to think I wrote this article to get affiliate money.  Instead, you can form your own opinion, and then buy Brad’s book if you’re interested.

Brad Pilon – Eat Stop Eat

How Do You Do It?

Simple: pick a day (or two) per week and purposely skip breakfast and lunch, and then eat a normal dinner. Brad over at Eat Stop Eat recommends doing this type of fasting once or twice a week – for example, a fast on Monday, and then another one on Thursday.  Liquids are okay on fasting days, just not ones with calories.  Heyoooo H2O!

If you’re used to eating a LOT of food, and you normally eat a big breakfast, this is going to be a pretty big drastic change.  Start by skipping breakfast and see how your body reacts to it.  If you can handle that, work your way up to skipping breakfast and lunch.  Notice that I’m not saying you should skip breakfast and lunch every day.  Eat normally five days a week, try a fast one of the other days for a few weeks and see how your body reacts.

Eat, don’t eat, and then eat.  Got it?

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

A recent article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gives a great overview of these benefits which include decreases in blood pressure, reduction in oxidative damage to lipids, protein and DNA, improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake, as well as decreases in fat mass.”  This study discusses studies done with humans (not mice) specifically.

From the LA times: Mark P. Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging: “In normal health subjects, moderate fasting — maybe one day a week or cutting back on calories a couple of days a week — will have health benefits for most anybody.”

I’d like to see more studies, with better controls done for more solid proof of these benefits, but I expect that to happen soon.

Risks of Intermittent Fasting

So, all we see so far are GOOD things about not eating for a full day. What the hell is BAD about it? First off, I can see myself getting extremely hungry to the point of annoyance when starting out this process.  This is echoed by Ruth Frechman, a registered dietitian in Burbank and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Assn: “You’re hungry, fatigued, irritable. Fasting is not very comfortable. People try to cut back one day and the next day they’re starving and they overeat.”

I imagine there is quite the learning curve for your body when it has to switch from using readily accessible carbs for energy to using your body’s fat stores, so I can see the first few fasting days being extremely difficult.  NF Reader Matt makes a great point in the comments that I’m reposting here for all to see:

“One thing I think people who are considering this should ask themselves – how are you at controling your hunger at the moment?  Losing weight is all about consuming less calories than you burn.   The biggest obstacle to this is hunger.  That is, uncontrollable hunger.  If you are starving yourself on 800 calories a day, then you will be much more likely to binge and go way over your calorie goal.  So it becomes important to eat when you are hungry, not when you are starving.”

Moral of the story? Don’t overdo it – if you feel light headed and you can’t function, EAT SOMETHING.  Listen to your body, and find a way to make it work for you.  We only get one chance on this planet, so make it count.

Do I Recommend It?

Note: Years after writing this article I came back to intermittent fasting and wrote a full length guide. Check out The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting.

This is my recommendation:

  • Is your current plan working? Good! Don’t change it!
  • Is your current plan NOT working? Give this a shot.

If you only get ONE thing from this whole article, it’s this: there is more than one way to lose weight, so don’t worry about your method being the best.  The best diet is the one that makes you lose weight and keeps you healthy.  If you’re already losing weight, keep doing what you’re doing.  If you’re not, maybe do a little bit more reading on IF and give it a shot.

My advice? Do it the day after you’ve stuffed yourself, and balance things out.  In terms of losing the most weight the quickest, I’d probably recommend the Paleo Diet and intermittent fasting with weight training in the gym.

I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for the past 3 years and transformed pretty dramatically.

So what are your thoughts? Have you tried fasting before?  Successful or miserable failure?  Will you give a shot?  If so, please post your stories, thoughts, successes, concerns in the comments and we’ll see if this is something we can all wrap our heads around.



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  • Aniruddh Naidu

    Yes you are right. And, various cultures have different rules for fasting. But what I want to say is every species someway or other have developed themselves to not to eat for a long period of time. The modern human calls it fasting, the earlyman called it not availability of food, and many creatures can stay hungry if food is not available. It is a part of evolution. I mean the species which cannot live without food for sometime ( I mean in acceptable limits) will not survive. So, I think fasting for us is natural. I accept that we cannot start fasting on a regular basis all of a sudden, but we can teach our body to stay without food for a certain period of duration.

  • katonge

    There are several fasting methods that have many ardent followers. I’ve tried Fast Five – only eat during a 5 hour period each day, Alternate Day Fasting or Up Day Down Day – 500 calories on the Fast Day & eat normally on the alternate day. I did lose weight with both methods and I certainly felt better overall, but I think the biggest lesson I learned was to not be afraid of hunger. In my experience the hunger isn’t steady, it comes in waves and goes again, so you learn to expect it and know that it won’t stay around for long. Before long your stomach shrinks and the hunger lessens and is even easier to deal with.

  • christeena

    My family naturally does intermittent fasting. We simply do not eat throughout the day, except for dinner. The only exception we really make is over the weekend. This is mostly due to lack of time and money …

    However, our family is all obese! I don’t think this diet works on it’s own: we need to eat the right foods, (which are unfortunately also very expensive), and supplement with exercise. These are the more difficult habits to maintain (due to lack of time and money), but necessary if we want to be more healthy.

  • Anonymous

    So I just so I make this clear it’s a Monday and you don’t eat at all for a whole day then the rest of the week you eat normally then repeat?

  • Ahmad

    Hello There,
    Stumbled upon this article and wanted to put my two cents in.
    I practice Ramadan once a year, I am not Muslim but was raised by a Muslim father.
    I used to hate the idea of not eating from dawn to dusk for 30 days.
    This last year in 2013, I did Ramadan and I was working out in the gym 5 day a week. I was afraid of energy levels and motivation to workout would decrease. So I started reading about Intermittent Fasting, and it looked safe to fast and workout.
    My results were amazing, I had more energy then before, I was losing fat at a fast rate.
    I would recommend doing Intermittent Fasting for the day(drinking lots of water) and breaking the fast around 7pm. Eat lots of healthy carbs, and protein and fats to energize your body for the next day.
    Ramadan is 30 days, and I survived with great results. Doing it one or two days a week should be easy. Just remember that you just have to be patient your mind and body are not use to not eating, but after a while you will learn how to control your mind and its an amazing feeling.
    I wish you the best of luck.

  • Vince Costanzo

    Fasting is not something to do daily. Our bodies are highly complex organisms that will adapt to the amount of calories we take in, “high” or “low”. It comes down to the quality of food that you eat which will determine the level of fat you carry. If you are obese, DO NOT CONCERN YOURSELF WITH FASTING. If you truly care to lose weight and feel better about yourself, try to space out your meals throughout the day and focus on healthy habits. Also, a pound of apples at the grocery store typically costs the same as a 6oz box of frozen pizza snacks and 1lb > 6 oz. In other words, DON’T GIVE ME THAT BULLSHIT THAT IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE TO EAT HEALTHY!

    I’m sorry for yelling. It’s going to take hard work and if you have the desire to do so, please go into it slowly. Exercise is great, but diet is most important when it comes to weight loss. I may not know you, but if you really want it, I know you can do it!

    A former chubby fella

  • rami boom boom hurricane

    “one thing I think people who are considering this should ask themselves – how are you at controling your hunger at the moment? Losing weight is all about consuming less calories than you burn. The biggest obstacle to this is hunger. That is, uncontrollable hunger. If you are starving yourself on 800 calories a day, then you will be much more likely to binge and go way over your calorie goal. So it becomes important to eat when you are hungry, not when you are starving”
    with this said, do you think if you binged on purely paleo food after IF, would you be alright? I have a problem with binging after long periods of not eating. If after 24hrs of not eating, i had a massive bowl of veggies and a big ol steak, would that be ok?

  • Lottie

    So I have just sat and read through every single comment left on this article (which is great by the way) and have noticed that the majority are all people who have pretty active lifestyles – doing workouts at least once a week for a lengthy amount of time. I myself have gained a lot of weight (90lbs) in the last two years for a few reasons, the main one due to not being very active (I work in an office and by the time I get home it’s usually quite late) I wouldn’t say I have a bad diet, I generally have 3 staple meals a day or at least lunch and dinner. Currently I am not gaining any weight but I’m not losing anything either. What I really want to know is would IF be something that would work for someone who doesn’t have the capabilities to spend a lot of time working out and exercising? I’d love to give this a go but am slightly concerned that my body will just store the meals I do eat as I’m not actively burning anything off.

  • laurel sheldon

    I’ve done this for a while without realizing it was IF just because I noticed I feel better. If I’ve eaten too much the day before, I notice I’m not that hungry the next day so I skip breakfast and lunch and have a light dinner. I don’t do a strenuous workout but go for a nice long walk. I also know a woman that told me her aunt who was overweight, had diabetes , high blood pressure and a few other health problems started totally fasting every other day and within a short while ALL of her medical problems were gone! Really! She has kept it up just because she feels so good. So I would recommend anyone to try it. Also a friend told me he lost a lot of weight once just eating HALF of what he normally would (1/2 instead of a whole hamburger, etc). That’s a great plan too if you want to eat the foods you like and still lose weight. Hope this helps someone.

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  • Amanda

    Wouldn’t it be healthier to eat breakfast and then skip lunch and dinner? I know eating right before bed is bad because that is when your metabolic rate is slowest.

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  • Linda

    Basically when I was working full time I did this all the time and my weight was always perfect! I just said to a friend the only way I lose weight is when I skip breakfast and lunch! the last 4 years I’ve been trying to eat 3 meals a day with snacks like weight watchers recommend and I can’t lose a pound! So tomorrow I am going to fast breakfast and lunch! I don’t have problems doing this if I’m busy ….If I’m home alone it’s a little hard. I have started exercising this week adding in the elliptical and an abs workout….I ride horses 2-3 times a week already (I do hunter/jumpers) but my horse had been lame feb, march, with walking and trotting in may. What a difference not riding made….I gained 8lbs….now that I’m riding again hopefully with the added fasting and additional exercise I should be able to drop the 11 lbs I’ve been trying to lose for 4 yrs! Great article gives me inspiration!

  • john

    i had tried it earlier.. fasting is a good way to loss weight. but there are only one advantage where you lose fat 30% and the same time you lose muscles 70%. or atleast 40% and 60%.. And there wont be having enough energy to go to gym.. So right now am in another research with my body. fast as much as i can, get into the weight you want. rip out all the fat , if possible do some small exercise.. once u feel u reduce all fat in your body.. start having your normal meals and do workout sure that this is going to work out.. will comeback and will surely comment my result..

  • James C Russell

    Just go freelance and you’ll get this time to time LOL

  • Crystal

    I used to skip breakfast last year (first year of college) because I just didn’t have the time, and I found that even when I started eating an egg for breakfast in the summer, “counting calories” made my muscles feel visibly weakened (say, from 50 pushups to only 25 at a time). I’ve also done the “six meals a day” thing but my strength still depended on the amount of calories going in and out.

    I just jumped right into IF three days ago, and the strength I have feels absolutely incredible! Pushups, miles of running, jumping – I went out to exercise four times on the first day of skipping breakfast and still had so much energy! (well, I don’t think I was following the Leangains method as strictly but it felt amazing).

    Felt groggy yesterday when I decided to try the “Warrior Diet” since I had just started my period though, so the numb legs made by the few miles I walked to work made me want to just sit like a zombie all day. =___= Strangely, I wasn’t very hungry though. I think my body had already gotten used to the 3-4 months of constant caloric deficits (even though I didn’t ever let myself go extremely hungry) and since I don’t like snacks and only drink water, adjusting was pretty easy for me.

    Again, I feel really energetic today, even more so with the 20/4 hour fast I had yesterday even though I felt full with around an 800 calorie dinner. Maybe it’s just my body getting shocked into something new so I’m going to monitor the next few weeks!

  • paul

    I have lost 6 stone in 6 months doing this, but still have a lot of body fat… ita good for losing weight if you do a hell of alot of cardio but only startes going gym in the last month and im gaining muscle. This fasting is good

  • Wrong

    Well technically if you fast, once you eat again, the body will store the food you at as fat because it doesn’t want to go hungry. So in my opinion, fasting is the dumbest idea ever. And this is coming from a 13 year old.

  • Nonya

    Wow this article is older then I thought
    I have been doing this for years
    I didn’t know it was an actual thing haha
    It works for me!

  • Becka

    I eat this way all the time, simply because I usually only eat when I feel hungry, and if my mind is occupied elsewhere, I may not even think about eating at all until late in the day. I have always been thin, but not sure if it is because of this, or genetics? The only negative that I have noticed is that sometimes I can get short-tempered, and/or have difficulty concentrating, if my blood sugar gets low. (I’m not diabetic, and don’t monitor it, but I can tell…)

  • jennifer

    I did it and have lost fifty or more pounds by now and went from an xl shirt to a medium, and three pant sizes down in 3 1/2 months. I still do it. I have learned to control my urges to eat too much and I eat extremely healthy no pork, processed, beef, and mostly organic with the occasional sweets……success!

  • HealthyMomof2

    I use IF regularly and have for a couple years now. The one thing I’ve noticed and probably a good thing to note: If you’re consuming a carb-filled diet, IF will make you tired, irritable, headache-y, and just all-around crappy. However, if you’re eating a low-carb, Paleo-type diet, your body and brain is already “ideally” using the fat you eat as well as your own fat stores for energy, so IF is much easier on your body because it’s already using something to fuel itself, no food necessary. So, I’d suggest to anyone who wants to try IF to convert to a lower carb diet first (maybe stick to less than 20-25 g) for about one week, less for others, before trying IF.

  • cindyjean

    I am 37 and am 5 ft 9 inches tall and weigh 174 lbs and i hope this works for me

  • tanyab

    I did this and lost 47 pounds in 3 weeks thank you so much .

  • Taraneh

    -Being a Muslim myself I’ve tried fasting a few times and remember not liking it at all. I understand that was for different purposes that losing weight but while doing so realized that after fasting, my body would want to eat and eat and eat. I’m sure every person’s body may have a different reaction to starving themselves, But there is evidence that “Inflammation is a risk factor for many diseases associated with obesity, Dieting results in increased inflammation, Attempts to lose weight typically result in weight cycling, Weight cycling also results in increased inflammation”(Linda Bacon, PHD).

    I also understand that if our energy intake is less than our energy use, the results will be weight loss. The problem with this equation is that we have no control over this balance and that is because there are many other factors play a role in this balance. What I propose is that we first of all focus on being healthy and therefore realizing that anyone at any size can improve their health while understanding that weight loss does not necessarily improve health.

  • Jon Holden

    Some fitness experts recommend intermittent fasting as a daily regimen, where you eat your meals and snacks all in an 8 hour period, and fast for the other 16 hours (as opposed to 1-2 days per week of full 24 hour fasts).
    The benefits are the same, more fat burned and an increase in natural HGH production.
    But hey, if the 24 hour thing works for you, great.

  • Olivia

    How long did you go before you ate again?

  • justsayinghere

    Fasting DOES work.
    You can do it in the weekend, from Friday trough SUNDAY & culminate with a yummy brunch, go light on Monday &Tuesday … and changes show. No starvation, is JUST going slow on food & you DO disconnect from thinking ABOUT FOOD ALL THE TIME.

  • ana

    Ihis is an interesting Idea and it is effective for cosmetic weight-loss purposes however, it is not very healthy to deprive yourself of food. Depriving your body of calories puts it through quite a bit of stress and overtime, it can and will cause you to overeat in order to compensate. identifying calories as a negative concept is both counterintuitive and harmful to your lifestyle. A better alternative would be to eat intuitively. ask yourself “am I hungry?” if so, then eat some food and drink some water making sure to reassess afterwards: “am I full?” if so, then stop eating and continue on with your life until you are hungry again.

  • C

    For the last few months I have been doing this, because I just am not hungry during the day. I eat a normal dinner usually every night, but no breakfast and lunch I drink lots of water and have lost over 40 pounds

  • not gonna work

    The part of this whole concept you are missing is the part about ketosis, which is the actual process that your body utilizes when it is carb/sugar deficient to burn actual stored fat. So it will look to utilize one of the 3 sources of energy in the body….carbs/fat/protein……when you give the body absolutely nothing, then it tends to burn from multiple areas and actually tends to chose stored fat LAST. So for you to really get your body into a ketotic state, that usually takes 3 days minimum, so your 24hr fast is going to do nothing but dehydrate you and give you a false sense of losing weight, which will be quickly restored once you start consuming carbs/sugar again. I’d recommend you expand your plan to beyond 24hrs if you plan to see any success in this plan at all. Give it a shot, but instead of a total fast, give yourself a decent amount of JUST protein and veggies (low in carbs…no corn, carrots, fruits) and after 3 days, watch how the weight flies off your body. And if you analyze it, by measuring body fat % over various parts of your body (not BMI), you will see a consistent loss of fat as the main component of your weight loss, without losing muscle mass.

  • Brody

    6 months

  • nick C

    my diet plan is pretty simple:
    Eat what ever you want.. just try and stay away from horrible stuff like junk food or fast food. if you find your self in a bind on time and need to get fast food hit Subway and get a chopped salad or something low fat like a turkey sub.


    don’t eat after 430

    work out at night. just put in 25 minutes on a treadmill and do sit ups after.

    im loosing 8 pounds per week when i stick with it. but i usually cheat on the weekends and gain back a few.

    This plan really works because it can fit into a schedual. You could have a busy day and not get home until 8 o clock, it doesn’t matter as long as you didn’t eat after 430. now all you have to do is put a little time in on a workout.

  • xDaggerx

    I did this a few weeks ago. And I lost 15 pounds and went down 2 pant sizes. Except, I did it for those two weeks. I ate breakfast everyday. Protein, and veggies. Then I drank a crap ton of water everyday. Like alot. I never measured. I also worked out everyday. Did core, arms/back, legs throughout the week in a cycle. Oh, I also ran every other evening. It is hard. But totally worth it. My friend helped motivate me. Feels good!

    (Oh, I realize this post was 5 years ago…. lol)

  • SammiLinBird

    Do you still drink water while doing this?

  • Kailey

    This might be a wrong question to ask but by having a normal meal for dinner…should I eat around 400-600 calories?

  • Cody

    I tried IF last year during a Biggest Loser competition. I didn’t exercise, just IF. It was a bit of an experiment to for me. When I did eat, it was usually hand trimmed chicken breast to keep my meals lean and protein-packed. I dropped 39 lbs. in 14 weeks. My first week, I dropped 12 lbs. I won the contest easily. That was huge for me. This really does work better than the potions and lotions. It tests your will power like you’d never believe, but…IT WORKS.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t eaten for two days and a half now.. I want to stop the fast without gaining weight , how do I do that?

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  • Daisey Cavenger

    Wow! Very inspirational story Heather! What do you think about using a simple low calorie diet to lose weight? You cut out as many calories as possible and therefore you lost weight more quickly, at least that is what I’ve just been reading about on a site ( ) and I was wondering if this information is trustable and correct? What do you think, is it doable and safe? Thank you!

  • heatherupchurch

    Thanks so much, Daisey! I think there are a lot of great points in that article (many of them I use myself), but the biggest discrepancy is that I purposely ate the same amount of calories no matter which plan I was on (actually on IF I can eat a little more and still lose more weight). I tried a simple low calorie plan for many years and it will definitely work, especially for people without insulin resistance. I just found that I didn’t lose as much weight, it was much harder, it took an insane amount of time and effort (I always felt like it was always time to either eat or prepare meals which was very stressful), it was exponentially more expensive, I was hungry or craving something all the time, and it wasn’t sustainable for me in the slightest. To lose about 2 lbs per month on that plan, I would have to follow the dietitian’s plan as well as a strict exercise plan to the letter and almost never have anything I craved. I could only make it a month or two max before I completely gave up because 2-3 lbs wasn’t anywhere near enough payoff for what I was putting in. I would try over and over and the same thing would happen every time, and every time the failure and disappointment would be even worse than the time before.

    With IF (I now do a 1pm-6pm eating window and vary it as needed) I still eat the same amount of calories and do the same amount of exercise, it’s just much more flexible, I’m not hungry all the time, all of the stress over eating/planning/exercising is gone, if I can’t or don’t feel like exercising I can skip it periodically and still lose weight, I can have a small amount of something I’m craving whenever I want (within reason), and I can lose 8-10 lbs per month. So I see it more like why in the world would I put myself through the former?

    I do think a regular low calorie diet is great for someone whose body works normally, but I truly believe this grazing thing that they keep pushing on overweight or obese people (especially when it’s fairly clear that the cause isn’t just overeating or bad food choices) is about the worst thing they could possibly do. If you never stop eating your body never stops producing insulin no matter how few carbs you eat…. for most people this isn’t a problem, but for anyone with insulin resistance it’s a recipe for disaster. I’ll take it a step further (if I didn’t in my original post) and say that it wasn’t until I tried to start being better and “fixing” my diet (which was always similar to IF though I never realized it) and eating the way I thought I was supposed to that I started having serious issues with my weight and the insulin resistance, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it didn’t cause, or at the very least, activate or exasperate it.

    One reason that I know this works for insulin resistance without a doubt (aside from the weight loss and my experiments as well as the disappearance of Acanthosis Nigricans) is that I finally got to see my Endocrinologist in December after many years of not having Metformin and my fasting insulin and cholesterol levels were lower without Metformin and doing IF than they were with the much harder low calorie plan plus the Metformin. And this was right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I’m not as strict with my diet or exercise and cookies and cakes and butter abounds lol. Pretty astonishing. Now I’m doing IF and taking Metformin again (and my next appointment won’t be during the holidays lol) so I’m really looking forward to seeing the results and comparing the numbers. 🙂 Heather

  • Logan

    I would like to say that I do not eat breakfast or lunch the whole week, but keep gaining weight. I also do not eat dinner sometimes and I am considered obese. I need help.

  • Melaine Rose

    I have been restricted eating from 13 February, this was not on purpose, I just generally not hungry. I now haven’t eaten in 5 days and I feel sick and tummy hurts and I also had headache on day 2. I can’t eat as even just round food it makes me sick.

  • Myia

    I’ve done this method & it definitely worked for me but like it said- everyone is different. I agree that it depends on how good you are at pushing your hunger to the side, if you aren’t this probably isn’t a good idea b/c you will binge after not eating for a long period of time. I was rarely eating & when I did it was one meal that day. I got so used to it, losing my appetite became a habit for me. I lost a lot of weight & was satisfied with the results.

  • Karla

    Being money poor sometimes you have no choice but to starve.

    You do loose weight.

    Benefits: Your stomach shrinks & you have to eat what will see you through for long periods.

    You can eat whatever you want, you wont be able to eat alot of it anyway.


    Bananas. Apples

    Cheese, Eggs, Biltong or meat.

    Yoghurt is good, can be fattening.

    Tin tuna is good

    Cereal is pointless but will trick your mind into thinking you’ve eaten.

    Another good tip. Drink a glass or two of water before each meal

    A chocolate is sometimes necessary.

    I believe in eating everything in moderation.

    We don’t eat lots of veggies or fish.

    Sardines & pilchards are good.

    You dont always need to exercise cause your body is under strain already but i believe in doing physical labour.
    Walking the dogs, mowing the lawn, sawing trees. Not asking my boyfriend to carry the heavy stuff, within reason.

    Most importantly. DON’T FIXATE ON LOOSING WEIGHT, if you do, you wont loose any. Change your lifestyle & carry on. Don’t diet!

  • Suzan Reemy

    Hi every body,
    Diet is not about losing weight, it’s about eating right. Read Grain Brain and you will understand Paleo Diet. Sugars cause inflammation, which ages us. Marketing is damage you up. A slice of whole wheat bread is probably the worst thing you can put in your mouth. It’s about putting gas in your engine, not diesel. And yes arthritis is gone, the bags under my eyes are gone and as a side effect, went from 180 to 152. Don’t knock it till you try it. And you have to put the alcohol away.I used to have big problems with lose weight tips, but am getting in better shape now. Here’s a good site I found that really helped. It gave me great methods and and showed me what I was doing wrong before…there’s even lots of free articles on the site…

  • Pita

    This works, did it by accident. I have been teaching group fitness for the last 8 years so have a very regular workout schedule, I eat pretty clean and multiple meals a day. I had been hanging around 17-18% bodyfat for 3+ years…wasn’t seeing any change in my body but then again wasn’t trying for it either. Got super busy at my new job (office) and now skipping breakfast and/or skipping lunch or eating it way late a couple days a week. Bam! Huge change, it’s like my body was just so used to its normal schedule and needed a shakeup. Was worried I might lose muscle but seems good so far and I only do this twice a week, 3 max a couple weeks…..

  • Pedro J Leal

    Last February I did “the cure by sirope and lemon juice” for 10 days and I felt fantastic, I didn’t feel hungry or lack of energy.
    It is actually to depurate but It makes you lose weigh too.
    Its whelthy in nutrients makes your metabolism work properly and its content in carbs satisfy your energy needs.
    I recovered the balance, insulin sensitivity and the efficiency of the fat metabolism.
    And what to tell about personal serenity and more …
    I recommend you to investigate, you won’t repent.