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Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby tiddliewinkz » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:36 pm

Has anyone tried the Alternate Day Diet Method? (AKA - Intermittent fasting or Longevity Diet)

I have heard about this and have had a look on the net, so far I havent found much information but I would like to find out from people that have tried it as the information I've found seems pretty convincing.

Basically it looks at genes that we had back in the hunter/gatherer days... instead of the grazing method (I can't possibly eat 6 meals a day!) it focusses on more of a 24hr eat normally/next 24hr is a fast then the next 24 hrs you eat and so on (because the hunters would go times where food is scarce)... anyway instead of our body going into starvation mode, there've been studies done that show that by doing this it can lose body fat but ultimately make you healthy (can drop cholesterol and stuff like that) without losing muscle mass.

Anyway, my knowledge of dieting and healthy eating is pretty limited, but want to know if anyone has tried something along the lines of this... otherwise I might give it a go and see how I go with it - it will be even better if it is good for me!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby matchbox » Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:29 am

as a scientist... it's a load of crap.
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby court » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:50 am

As someone who follows the "grazing", i.e. 6 meals a day method I cant even fathom attempting a fast - it just seems so wrong in my opinion! I am not struggling or upsetting my body and am quite content with my balanced lifestyle. I think that is the key - finding balance!
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby HappyGirl83 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:19 am

Man I know I would totally end up over eating on the fasting days, I would be crazy hungry!!
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby John » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:57 am

Medically it looks good but it's not worth it for me, too severe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_fasting
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby tiddliewinkz » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:45 pm

Matchbox - have you done scientific studies on this?? I'd be curious to know what the result was even though it must have been negative.. Court, I have tried the grazing method, it doesnt work for me no matter how often I try, I usually end up forgetting when to eat or not getting a chance. Thanks for your opinion John, to me the studies looked good but I'm a bit naieve when it comes to all of that sort of stuff. I just think it might fit into my lifestyle a lot more than other methods like grazing
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby fi_112 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:09 pm

Do you work/exercise/do housework/get out of bed at all??? If so, I don't think fasting will work! I'd be passing out on the treadmill and turning into a crazy monster (I'm grumpy when I'm hungry) but maybe that's just me!!
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby court » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:23 am

tiddliewinkz by grazing I mean I will have:

30gms or so of cereal with skim milk when I wake up
an apple at morning tea
a sandwich with lots of salad and some form of protein for lunch
a few almonds with a coffee in the afternoon
dinner (something healthy! watching portions of course)
supper a piece of fruit or some yoghurt

I dont mean sitting down for a whopper of a meal 6 x a day it is a matter of having somehing in your pocket and shoving it in your gob when you have half a second! It is so much better for your metabolism eating every 3-4 hours! Gosh it took me too long to work out that balance is the best way! Oh and I exercise ever night :D
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Re: Alternate Day/Intermittent Fasting/Longevity Diet

Postby tiddliewinkz » Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:30 pm

Yeah Fi I get out of bed, I work shift work so usually I'm getting up at around 2am. I only get one chance to eat at work (if i get time at all) and then when I come home I wait until it cools down and then go for a run. I have a fairly active job too and hardly get to sit down... anyway I didnt make this thread so I'd have to explain myself, I made it to see if anyone has any information or experience with it.

Court, I've tried grazing, even just by having a few fruit and nuts, and usually don't eat big meals anymore, but its just not practical for me and is something that I have never been able to get in the routine of doing
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