Read Dr. Berkeley's post here:
Time Restricted Eating- does it work, you tell me (Barbara Berkeley, MD, Refuse to Regain)
Here are the inputs to my experiment
n= 1 Self experimenting is the best thing I can do, even 3 years into long term weight maintenance.
Self-efficacy : Yes, I can think and choose for myself. I know it doesn't work for everyone. That's okay.
1. Yes, a time restricted eating window works just fine for me. Another great tool in my weight maintenance practice.
2. I found time restricted eating to be an effective way to eat very low in my calorie range with little to no hunger.
3. Weekend time restricted eating windows are the best fit for my current life.
Here are the observations that I made during my experiment.
Dates: 1-19-2015 to 2-2-2015
Food Template: Paleo-ish, modified AIP, already what many would consider "Fat Adapted" :
Imagine any of my lunches or dinners with a fried egg and 1 more serving of veggies. For more photos of what I eat in weight maintenance: Follow my Paleo inspired account here
Carbs from lots of non starchy veggies and occasionally berries, squeeze of citrus on salads and fish
Fats from natural sources: coconut, olive, and avocado oil, grass fed beef, liver
Spices: sea salt, other spice mixtures made at home
Life into Living: a square or two of 85% chocolate per day.
Coffee: yes, black or with cinnamon, 3 cups before 2pm
Food strategy: Take my regular lunch and put a fried egg or two on top of it. Delish!
Eating times: 9:30am and 6 pm
Weight: I stayed in stable weight maintenance +/- 2 pounds. Normal for me. I did lose about a pound the second week, probably more from the cold than anything.
Hunger: Wow! Not hungry between meals. A little hungry some mornings, but nothing bad.
Calorie intake: Here's were I learned something. I could not eat above 1,300 calories at all.
Normally I eat between 1,400 to 1,700 per day*
*NOTE: (Please, don't lecture me about not enough calories, I'm super short and post menopausal, post thyroid disease, desk job most days.) I've never fit any BMR or TDEE calculations in my whole life. If I ate the way books and trainers told me, I'd be sick. I feel full. I like well. Thanks!
Here's a good example where thinking for your self is critical. Think. for.yourself. Do.what.works.for.you.
Macros- Fat- Protein- Carbs: Seems like I did eat slightly higher carbs say 50-60 grams per day vs 40-50 grams. All from veggies and a few berries. It was not noticeable, really. 15-16% per day vs 11-14% per day of my total intake. **
**Note: If I eat above 16% carbs, don't sleep. I like to sleep. So be it. Sleep quality is queen at my house. I highly prioritize sleeping and food quality and home food prep. Such a happier life.
Good sleep is a huge component of a great life. Are.you.still.thinking.for.yourself.?. Not.thinking.for.yourself.is. most. dangerous.of. all. Boom y'all.
|Glucose prior to IF|
I was concerned that the higher protein amounts in my 2 meals a day could effect my glucose (spiking or higher) but I did not see this effect.
Strength: Yes, I was able to work out on my normal gym 2X schedule. Strong as ever. Great energy.
Endurance: Yes, I walked 5-6 miles per day. No problems there.
Fasted Walking: I did 1-2 miles fasted walking with no problems at all. I felt energetic and lean. Fat adaption for the WIN!
Sleep: Yes, I slept well, most nights.
Mind: Yes, clear. Positive thinking.
Note: There's a lot of negativity out there. Have you noticed? Eyes on your own recovery, plans, circus, the only monkey mind you must manage is your own. ;)
Morning meal: Not as great at work. My eating time didn't fit with my current work schedule. My co-workers are used to me eating Paleo, but heating up a big bowl of curry or bison bowl at 9 am was a bit of a change. Plus, it didn't work well with my current meeting schedules in the morning.
Evening meal: It did fit well into my dinner plans with family and friends.
|Weight during IF|
What works for me:
1. Current practice. I do feel pretty good when I eat in a restricted window, any weekends or holiday. I will practice a 2 meal day ONLY if I wake up feeling not that hungry. If I feel hungry early in the morning, then I'll eat 3 meals. Typically I can have a 2 meal day once or twice a week. Maybe three times max,if I have a 3 day weekend. Example: I'm currently on a 3 day weekend but only time restricting 2 of the 3 days.
2. I enjoy thinking for myself.
What didn't work for me
1. Past Practice: Eating lots of carbs and processed foods many times a day because my blood sugar was spiking so high, I almost got type 2 diabetes. I got hypoglycemic "shakes", too.
2. I did what other groups told me should work and fell off the cliff like a lemming. I didn't think for myself.
My final take aways:
Okay. Another great tool in my weight maintenance tool box. I love experimenting and thinking for myself is another adulting practices that I feel are not used enough. When did we stop thinking for ourselves? Ugh!
Have any of my readers experimented with this? I know people in real life who either are not fat adapted OR have metabolisms that just don't allow for this style of eating. They have to eat every 3 hours or so or they will pass out cold. That would be dangerous for them. That's okay. We are all different and should think and do for ourselves.