Cross posted at IDM/ please do not berate me or troll me if you disagree with fasting vehemently.
Hello everyone, I have practiced EF and IF for about the last year with a great deal of success. I have dropped down about 65 lbs from my top weight over the last few years and I am about to get a DXA scan to approximate the total body composition change after 1 year.
To make a longer story short, though I did a lot of EF in the past, I have had a rough time of doing EF in the last few months. It also previously became harder after shifting to a mostly carnivore WOE. It was never “easy” for me, but I was able to do it pretty regularly.
Starting in November I adopted a 4 to 5x per week workout regimen, which I really enjoy, including 3x per week of pretty intense weight lifting with 2x per week cardio. I didn’t scale it up to that level all at once but it sort of happened as a learned more about weight lifting routines and started to like it and feel benefits. I didn’t at all intend to get addicted to the weight lifting part, but here I am.
In terms of diet I am pretty much following Ted Naiman’s high protein, low carb, no restriction of fat in meats ad libitem WOE (with the caveat that I allow myself to drink dry red wine on the weekend). A species of “keto” where I avoid eating exogenous and unnecessary fats and I consume very few vegetables. I used to call myself a type of “dirty” carnivore, but I avoid upsetting those folks with their ownership of the nomenclature. I usually eat 2x per day, and I have been trying to fast like I used to but one of the consequences of my new MO is that I have a REALLY REALLY hard time fasting more than 22-24 hours. When I do eat I keep it clean and don’t “cheat”- but I can’t count the number of times I have planned a 36-48 hour fast and ended up caving under extraordinary hunger. To be clear, I am not anymore prediabetic, A1C 4.9, but I still have body fat to clear up. I do think my body composition is changing for the better, but I want to be able to utilize fasting to continue burning unnecessary fat-- i’m probably 70% to my goal body composition.
My question: Anyone else have experience with this issue with fasting being so much harder with workouts? It seems rather obvious that working out increases appetite, but I don’t eat tons more I just feel like it’s almost impossible to ride out the hunger waves as opposed to trying EF without exercise. Should I just embrace doing 3x 24 hours at this point? Am I the person who is going to be able to benefit from 24 hour fasting? I always felt like 24 hours didn’t really get results. As I’m lifting I can’t say how many lbs I am away from a goal weight anymore, but it seems to me if I keep this up it will all work out with better body composition ( I have gained “weight” and my clothes fit the same), though I am concerned that I will just pack on muscle still covered up with fat that needs to be taken off with fasting.
Maybe I should give up on trying to do EF and stick with frequent IF?
About me: about +/- 230lb male (lowest was 224), 35 years old, 6 feet 5 inches. Top weight +/- 290ish back in 2016.