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Old 03-19-2013, 06:46 AM   #21
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Just an observance. I find it interesting that the word FAST, here, is being used two ways. One is not to eat. Two is lowering your caloric intake to 500 calories a day. To me that is like using the word RUN to mean sitting in a chair or running a race. The definition of FAST is to "limit or eliminate food .." So the action is inline with the definition. Actually what is being talked about is a series of days in a week where you reduce your food intake to 500 calories.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:01 AM   #22
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Just an observance. I find it interesting that the word FAST, here, is being used two ways. One is not to eat. Two is lowering your caloric intake to 500 calories a day. To me that is like using the word RUN to mean sitting in a chair or running a race. The definition of FAST is to "limit or eliminate food .." So the action is inline with the definition. Actually what is being talked about is a series of days in a week where you reduce your food intake to 500 calories.

A lot of the initial research centred around total fasting for periods of time, or prolonged very low calorie diets. Research suggests intermittent 'fasting' gives most/all of the benefits with fewer draw backs. I think the semantics of the word fast become very interesting, for example, in many religious fasts one can limit types of food, or the times one eats. I think the limit is the key to the word fast, but the vital part in its success is the intermittent part. Not eating on the between days is counter productive.

E.g. Like others here I find a very severely limited calorie restricted diet 'lowers my metabolism' (because of my health condition I have actually had this monitored and I have an exceptionally low basal metabolic rate). This dropped very low on a medically supervised very low calorie diet and made me much iller. Intermittent fasting doesn't allow the body to enter 'starvation mode' because you are never without food and your body is boosted by the 'feast' days. Certainly for me the measuring tape and my energy levels suggest this is working, however my BMR has yet to be rechecked to verify this, so it could be placebo
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:25 AM   #23
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It's been so long since i have been here I cannot remember the site protocol on links to recipes and articles,

I am sure so e one will correct me if this is not allowed, but this is a nice example. I have only so far made the courgettes (zucchini) recipe from this list but the dipping sole is high on my wish list.

5:2 diet: healthy recipes 250 calories or less - Telegraph

One of the benefits of the popularity of this ATM is the wonderful meals being published regularly, but its not hard to work out the calorie content and nutritional value of a meal or better, daily menu, using one of the apps available now. I tend to plan my menus very roughly over a week to a fortnight (days might get juggled and surprises do pop up, last minute invites etc) which I find helpful both for food management but also for budgeting/home economics.

Tbh, my main interest with my health condition is the metabolic improvements and also, with a strong family history of Alzheimer's (grandmother, then aunt with very early onset and father showing signs) the potential to reduce risk of this or at least postpone it is also a huge motivator.
That's more manageable. Sounds like a cleanse to me. I do that to but I never "fast" or go without food completely.
I just prefer doing my cleanses with fruit or veg because I have trouble eating meat without fats and carbs. I snack on nuts for protein.
I thought you meant you starve yourself for 2 or 3 days per week
My bad, didn't read properly
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #24
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For my "fast" day (ie 500 calories) I start off with scrambled eggs with smoked salmon , or 2 soft boiled eggs, then for my evening meal I have either home made soup , or fish and vegetables or a salad with meat or fish . No lunch, plenty of water, herbal teas , and sometime a piece of fruit of I have enough calories left . I log everything on My Fitness Pal. I can put recipes into it and work out the calories per portion and it gives me details of fat and nutrients .
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:29 PM   #25
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Hoo boy. I actually read the title of this thread and thought it said "Does anyone else on Discuss Cooking practice intermittent FEASTING?"

And I was like "Um... yeah. Don't we all?"
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:44 PM   #26
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Hoo boy. I actually read the title of this thread and thought it said "Does anyone else on Discuss Cooking practice intermittent FEASTING?"

And I was like "Um... yeah. Don't we all?"
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:36 PM   #27
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Hoo boy. I actually read the title of this thread and thought it said "Does anyone else on Discuss Cooking practice intermittent FEASTING?"

And I was like "Um... yeah. Don't we all?"
I like the way you think!
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:02 PM   #28
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i used to fast, in younger, headier days when i thought i could expand my mind and cleanse my body through various schemes (often chemical in life challenging/survival situations), but i've found that such rationale is for folks who are intent on playing with perception and are looking for a center by causing themselves to skew for said perspective.

eating a little is good once in a while since most people often, or maybe usually,over do it. far too often. but starvation fasting is, well, for those still searching for a center. we might have less obesity by thinking this way, but it's still unbalanced.

just my 2 centavos.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:57 AM   #29
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this might be interesting: Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley | KPBS.org
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:15 AM   #30
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I watched that PBS special and it was quite interesting.

The one thing I found interesting was the idea that it stimulates the brain and slows the symptoms of aging.

I don't think I could voluntarily live with this yo-yo eating routine.
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