How long do you typically feast between fasts? I came off a 5 day with dinner last night. Hubs leaves again for another week tomorrow morning, and I was thinking of going another five, so that would basically be three decent keto meals somewhat heavy on the protein in between 2 5-day fasts. I want to be sure I’m properly nourishing myself…
I was actually going to start a 5 day fast, after dinner tonight myself. Figured go from tonight, to Friday night.
Posting here because I’ve searched the forum and finding hard to find the right place to ask this.
I’ve been doing IF for a few weeks 20:4 with my feeding Window closing 6pm but rarely eating after 5pm. Slowly slowly I saw my weight come down by another 2.2 pounds (1 kg) after my initial 5kg loss (11ish pound loss after staring keto on 24 June then plateauing two weeks in). I’ve done two 36 hour fasts over the last two weeks. When doing OMAD I have trouble eating more than 800 - 900 calories in one feed without feeling seriously ill, and on “feast days” I have trouble going over 1500 calories without feeling like I’m going to throw up - I have never been a big eater. I am consistently eating 75 to 80% fat and carbs are rarely over 15gms per day 1 to 5% - I am careful with protein. I ensure I fit in a 20km bike ride once a week (i keep my heart rate in endurance zone or fat burning) and I’m moderately active daily anyway.
I felt great on Saturday after losing another 3.5 pounds after my 36 hour fast this week. BUT to my horror the scale today says I’ve put back on my 1.5 kgs over the weekend plus more (around 5 pounds total!) All the weight I thought my fast finally helped me lose is back plus more! This seemed to happen the moment I went back to my to 16:8 window over weekend and attempting to “feast” (still keto!) by increasing my intake to over 1500 on sat and sun after hearing how important it is to feast when not fasting. I am so So SO deflated. I don’t know what more to do. I don’t want to give up on this but it’s so frustrating. I had lost almost 6kg since starting keto lifestyle back on 24 June with starting weight of 91kg (this is huge for me, my goal weight is 68kg). I have been doing 20:4 IF for the last few weeks trying to break the plateau then did two 36 hours this week and finally lost 1.5kg - but now thats back again plus added extra! I’ve never stuck so firmly to anything in my life before and yet today after this result this morning I’m just so deflated and fed up. It’s really hard to keep going with results like this. Any advice?
I’ve just started another 36 hour fast and I’m 13 hours in. I’m sick of it but feel I have no other options left but to keep going. I guess I’m just looking for some hope to bolster me. So disappointed after working so hard for so long to see scale today at 87.3kg after being down to 85.6 two days ago
I think you’re putting too much emphasis on your scale. The weight is gonna fluctuate upwards and downwards. It’s like the tide, going in and out.
I try to feast at least as long as the fast. I’ve been overall 1/3 fasted, 2/3 feasted. I fit fasting around my schedule - so it is what it is. From all I’ve heard the feasting part is just as important, or maybe even more important than the fasting.
My weight fluctuates up to 14 pounds. Could just be water. Pay attention to your waistline.
Hi Nene –
I have similar experiences with fasting. I’ve been fasting from Wed evening into Sat am or afternoon. During that time I can drop 4-10 pounds, then gain most of it back. But I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.
I almost always make some of that loss permanent, even if it is a half a pound. But I always weigh myself several times during a fast, and during that time I’m hitting new lows. Now, I may not stay at those lows, but the fact that my body is hitting those lower weights shows me my body is losing more fat every week.
For example, this past weekend, my Sat morning weigh in was 248.3. That is the first time I have weighed in under 250 for over 10 years.
Now, I weighed in this am at 254. I’m okay with that, because I know I’m losing, and I know that a lot of the differential from Sat to today is water weight. And it can be hard at this time of year to get a good reading on your weight because of the heat and humidity and the fluctuation in water levels in your body. When it cools down in another 6-8 weeks, there will likely be lower humidity and less water weight fluctuation.
So this week when I fast, if I hit under 248 when I finish the fast, and go back up to the low 250’s after I eat, I’ll still be okay with that. I track all of this and see the patterns week in and week out, so I know the overall trend is going down.
It might be happening to you as well, so don’t get discouraged. You just need a little more perspective
Try your 36 hour fast the same day every week so you can get a better sense of how your body reacts and weight fluctuates. Hopefully, you’ll see trends that are more encouraging than discouraging.
Thanks for this! Has made a big difference! I’m 24hrs into another 36 hour fast and all the weight I was whining about is gone so I’m saying water weight for sure!
I started a 72h fast yesterday. Currently at 30 hours.
I have a work function involving food the evening after I plan to break, so who knows, maybe if I’m feeling good will go until then! (would be 96h)
Anyone want to join? Let’s do this!!!
I am currently in a fast with no particular end time. I would like to see the scale at 159 pounds or less (this morning was 164). I am just about at 11.5 hours in right now. KCFO.
Awesome!!! You’ve got this!!! Keep us posted!!
I’m 44h in and am down 3.5 lbs from start time, woohoo
Hi Sarah and Teresa, I have have completed 37 hours and I am keen to do 7 days if I can. That leaves five days and 11 hours. Keen to join in with you guys until you reach your time and I will do my best to push on. Have managed 5 days before, but not 7.
Sarah and Jason, I am still going…well into hour 36 now. Only black coffee and water both with a bit of pink salt. How are you guys doing?
I do bone broth when I am doing EF for training wheels since I am extremely new to the EF side I will drink It once or maybe twice a day…
How are you guys doing?!?! I finished my fast last night at 100h. Had dinner, and now am doing a roughly 48h (or whatever time I eat dinner tomorrow)
keep going strong toward your goals!!! How you doing Teresa? Jason?
Hi there @Maggie08 Very impressive 100 hours!
I have essentially been doing ADF. I broke fast Tuesday at 47 hours and again last night at 47 hours.
As far as the under 160 pounds goal - today I weighed in at 161.6 - getting closer!
Edit to add: I am doing another fast now of 42 hours to family stuff on Saturday. I will try my darndest to be strict carnivore on the weekend so as not to derail myself from my goal.
When you finished your 4 day fast, you just had one dinner and launched another 2 day? Read/watch/hear Fung & Ramos - feasting after fasting is as important, if not more so, than the fast itself…
Well done team, I finished at 118 hours to my regret. My notifications of these posts did not come through, so please excuse my tardiness in responding. I intend to do a few more days on starting Monday to see if that moves the needle a little.
On Saturday before breaking fast I did in fact reach 159 on the scale!
After refeeding for the entire weekend this morning I was at 164.6 again.
I started another fast this morning though. I believe that some of the gain was water weight from a few too many carbs.
yes I did. I understand the concepts, but this was how it fit into my life best–which is another thing ramos/fung teach (the situation was travel related… if it makes you feel better, consider it a 6 day fast with a random meal in the middle)
I’ve had plenty of feasting since.