David Oliver Kueker
If by intermittent fasting you mean the same pattern day after day after day, you might try ADF or alternate day fasting.
Your comment leads me to wonder: “6 day on Intermittent Fasting 22:2”. A consistent daily pattern could be harmful to your metabolism. (I’ve never read of people fainting, though.)
The eating day between fasting days is very important to reset. Perhaps your body needs that, or perhaps it needs that at this time. The body learns how to fast and adjusts over time.
It’s also good to eat definite meals rather than spread eating over a two hour window.
David Oliver Kueker
Here’s an image of how alternating can work … it’s rather ambitious!
Just eat your “once a day” supper on MWF for lunch the following day. Same calories, different timing, significantly better results.
The goal is consecutive hours in the “hormonally fasted state” … after all nutrients are consumed along with all sugar and glycogen from the liver. Eating every day, you only get a few hours of this. 18 hours your way vs 66+ hours in the diagram below.
David Oliver Kueker I am trying to do Omad every day
jela Serjani, OMAD is not recommended in Dr Fung’s fasting philosophy.
OMAD is a good fasting strategy if you are:
Healthy and are fasting for longevity and disease prevention
Have reached your health goals and are looking to maintain your results
Trying to lose 10-15 pounds of weight
During a holiday weekend when you have multiple functions to attend over the span of a few days
You should avoid doing OMAD if you are:
Trying to lose more than 15 pounds of weight
Looking to improve symptoms of metabolic syndrome and high insulin levels, such as type 2 diabetes (DMII), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Still in the process of working on your health goals
Why it isn’t for everyone
Most people report a huge reduction in appetite within the first month of fasting. Suddenly skipping breakfast and lunch doesn’t seem so overwhelming, in fact it’s easy to do! You think you can do this all the time since you’re not too hungry – and wouldn’t fasting for 24 hours every day be a great strategy for reaching your goals? It’s more fasting than if you do a 36 or 42 hour fast, three times a week, right? The answer to both those questions is no.
The key to fasting is it tricks your body. It’s unpredictable, and unpredictability is the magic! If you do the same thing every day, your body will adapt. That’s what happens with OMAD if you’re trying to lose weight and eating from dinner-to-dinner or lunch-to-lunch every day. Your body adapts. It won’t put so much effort into burning body fat because it knows you’ll be eating again at the dinner or lunch hour. It knows how much food to expect and will slow things down to adjust to the new caloric intake.
Is that wrong?
Danjela Serjani , not wrong, but likely unhelpful. You are not wrong, but learning what is best for your body.
OMAD helps many people. Many praise it for helping them.
But there are possible complications with your metabolism decreasing – the famine response where your body regains weight, and more. Please research this for your own satisfaction.
And the focus of fasting with Dr Fung is hours in the “hormonally fasted state” -AFTER your body has consumed all nutrients in your digestive system and all sugar and glycogen from the liver, it switches over to a different metabolic process of burning your own body fat for fuel. This decreases insulin and has many health advantages.
This happens after 20 hours or so into your fast and stops the minute you eat something. So with OMAD you have perhaps 3-4 hours in the hormonally fasted state per day – for a large man my size, that burns about a tenth of a pound. But 24 hours in that fasted state burns almost a pound of my body fat for someone my size – 20+24 hours = 44 hours of not-eating.
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