Originally Posted by Explosivo
Can I ask how you deal with not overeating/gorging at the end of your fast? I keep trying IF days, and getting through the fast isn't the problem, but I end up killing it and going over my daily cals when I finally eat.
When are you fasting? I've been doing the fast from 8 p.m. until noon the following day without any problems. I'm not sure if that would still be the case if I were breaking the fast in the morning and cutting food off earlier in the day. I'm not a big breakfast food person and was rarely hungry in the morning, so fasting until noon hasn't been difficult.
I suspect my somewhat boring schedule during the week has played a factor in being able to adhere to both IF and to eating below maintenance. For reference's sake, I'm tipping the scales at about 170 these days and am 5'10".
Right now, I've been lifting at least three days a week and doing some complexes two other days. My gym's been closed on the weekends during the summer, so I've been doing some runs or long walks then. Here's a normal day:
6:30 a.m. - wake up
7 a.m. - Serving of Metamucil + BCAA
8 a.m. to noon - Drink lots of water
Noon - 1st meal (usually roast beef, slice of colby cheese, grapes, fish oil caps)
3 p.m. - 2nd meal (usually a scoop of whey, though I'll sub in an almond flour treat if I made any recently)
4:30 p.m. - Serving of BCAA
5 p.m. - Lift
6:30 p.m. - PWO meal (this varies, but assuming I lifted, it's easily my biggest meal of the day)
7:30 p.m. - Maybe another shake or something like that if I haven't hit my macros for the day
Overeating has often been a problem for me. My guess would be that drinking a lot of water in the morning keeps me from being famished by time I eat my first meal. So while I definitely am ready to eat at noon, I don't feel like gorging. It's enough to hold me over until my second small meal. And then it's time to hit the gym. THEN, I get to enjoy my huge meal after. It's a huge meal, but I don't go over my desired total calories because it's still clean food and my food intake until that point has been still somewhat low (probably about 500 calories).
That last meal usually fills my macros and my stomach. I'll have another serving of Metamucil before bed, which during the week, is only maybe three hours after I last eat.
It's definitely not for everyone, but I'm finding good success with it, since I'm staying in a deficit each day without feeling like hell. My workouts have been great, too.
Who knows if I'll stick with IF when it's time to do a clean bulk, but being able to do it while cutting shows me that it's possible for me regardless of my present goals.