I can say the say as Allie, if you can’t do it comfortably, don’t do it. Why do you think you need such extreme fasting (it is to most people :)) to lose fat? Lose fat eating every day… It seems you can do eat once on most days, isn’t it enough? If you still eat too much that way, change your chosen food. And it’s fine not doing OMAD every day. I go for OMAD now as it seems I finally can do it - but not every day, at least not while eating very low carb. And I have times when it just can’t happen as I get hungry early or can’t eat big enough meals. Sometimes I eat 4 times because I need that to get my 1600+ kcals for the day. I almost always get hungry if I eat less, I learned that so act accordingly.
I don’t know how others do their fasts, I can only do what my body allows me to do… So I use my experience, make some decisions but in the end my body decides when I break my fast. I can influence it (mostly with great food choices) but not every day are the same… Sometimes one needs more meals.
I never would go to bed hungry. Once, being very desperate I did. I usually feel like a zombie in the morning but it was way worse… My sleep was quite useless.
My SO can and willing go to bed hungry (but he never skips a day) so it’s individual.
But it seems it’s very bad for you so if you are hungry, eat. I am fine eating before bed but it’s better to do it in the evening. I experimented and now I have my ideal OMAD dinner time. It’s a little bit flexible. It’s almost impossible for me to get hungry earlier but if I get some very serious hunger, I eat any time. But I usually will have my OMAD dinner and maybe second or even third dinners when needed in the next months. I had plenty of OMAD days in the last months too but never many in a row as my calorie intake inevitably drops after some days if I use the right food choices for me. I need my high-calorie days too sometimes, another problem for OMAD all the time. I like proper eating on my workout days too, I get stronger and need my calories. But most of my days should be OMAD. I think it will work for me and maybe it would work for you as well? Being not flexible with our IF can’t suit all of us.
How do you eat on your proper eating days? It should be quite substantial to be able to fast for long. I have this even with OMAD, it can’t be a small meal or others WILL follow as I get hungry again and again. A bigger meal works great though.
If I need TMAD, I try to keep my eating window smallish, like 3-5 hours at most (but sometimes I just need a few bites some time after my biggish but not big enough meal). I tend to overeat in a bigger eating window - but there are so many factors, one should figure out what should be done according the circumstances.
Of course the macros are important too. I figured out what my body accept as proper nutrition for the day and I will track out of curiosity and then I can check if it’s enough. Higher protein works way better for me.
So, give us info about how and how much you eat, I am not sure the 7pm thing was your eating day or not. You shouldn’t eat very little on your eating days, it seems quite obvious to me so maybe it was the previous supposedly fasting day…? But if it wasn’t, no wonder you got so hungry, a smart body hates starving and complains. (My body would say if it could that not eating all day is reason enough to feel bad at 11pm. Mine just refuses to be without food for much more than 24 hours nowadays, no matter what. I refuse to give up my EF plans yet but I must be very patient.)