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November 2, 2020

Thank you for writing this. When I saw the headlines from the original report, I stopped my IF routine, which consists of fasting 16 hours (water/1 black coffee) a day. I do this five times a week. From February through August I lost 14 pounds, with moderate exercise 3-4 times a week. But then I saw this new report and stopped a month or so ago. Needless to say, I gained a few pounds back since I stopped my IF. If anything, IF helps restrict when I can and cannot eat. So even if IF has no significant impact on metabolic rate, it structures my eating so I don’t eat late at night or a second dinner! I’m hopping back on the IF train.

November 4, 2020

Fantastic. Return to IF , I support U . Me n family on it for 14 months on going . Includes the 3 MD ‘s in d family .
For avoiding muscle loss try lightweights rituals.
Dr. Adenan

Suzanne Ralich
November 2, 2020

Thanks for your article! I need more info on how to avoid muscle loss during IF. I love how I feel doing IF but work out hard but dont eat until 11am. Hard to change my 11 to 6pm times.

November 2, 2020

Started doing this a week and a half ago and already feel great. Haven’t weighed in yet, but clothes are getting looser. It’s more than that, though. I have a LOT more energy and I feel like my brain works again. One thing she didn’t mention is that you will feel hungry. In the first few days that is the HARDEST part. Especially if you’re used to eating when you’re hungry. This takes the most will power. But after a few days to a week, it gets easier. You get used to feeling hungry and it often goes away as well. You have to let yourself get used to that feeling and know that you won’t die from it.

Jacob Werdin
November 4, 2020

Most times when you feel hunger pangs you’re also just dehydrated so try more water too. I’ve been doing IF for a year and it’s changed my whole life for the better for sure.

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