Gee thanks for the insights @Zbyszek!
Judging from what you have described, 8pm is the cut-off time of the eating window and by 12:00pm the following day is ending time of the fasting window. Sounds achieveable especially since we spend up to about 8 hours of sleeping so no need to worry about the feeling hungry but that’s of course if we don’t have a spell of insomnia at any given night.
As for my gastric issues, you’re right, I won’t know until I give this intermittent fasting a go and see how it actually goes. The only thing I am really worried about is getting a bloated tummy and worse still, gastric pain.
Whilst we are on the topic of eating, OK, I get it now, as long it’s not anything sweet then it’s fine. Just a silly question, would consuming fruits be considered as breakin the fast? Fruits like guava as they are hardly even sweet to begin with.
I was thinking of going with oats and/or bread with eggs of even chicken especially for dinner as I am actually planning on cutting down on rice. Sometimes, rice (and its derivatives such as rice vermicelli, flat noodles and the rest) is kind of inevitable since it’s a staple food here in Malaysia. But will give a try with other kinds of food rich in protein, fibre as well as iron too.
I think at the end of the day, I shouldn’t really affect the quality of my training rides I do in the evening after work since I would be fueled during the eating window. But I have got to nail it right down to the minute I am going to make it work. Thus, my latest cut off time for eating would probably be 8:30pm. I am guessing I won’t do intermittent fasting on the weekends where I normally do the workouts early in the morning since I rarely do fasted rides. The last time I did that, I bonked and wouldn’t want to experience that ever again.
Thanks again for your input! Really appreciate it very much!
Yes, IF does work, just like any other form of eating style that makes it easier to maintain a calorie deficit. You get used to not having breakfast pretty quickly (at least hunger wise, I do miss it on the weekdays when I do IF). The 8pm cutoff I use for food also helps me control my evening snacking, which was 80% of my simple carb addiction problem!
I don’t see why it would affect your GI tract but I guess you’d find out quickly enough.
You basically don’t want to consume anything with calories (I.e. break the fast). So black coffee, tea without milk or sugar, water (+/- lemon juice). Chocolate malt drinks would break the fast.
I tend to stick to a Mediterranean type diet, aiming for very high fibre, lowish carbs depending on how much training I’m doing (and minimal processed carbs at all times), plenty of protein and moderate amount of fats. Works for me.
I do it intermittently. I do it most weekdays, and have a break on the weekend while still trying to adhere to the basic dietary principles above (and still stop eating at 8pm!)
For me it works because it gives me rules about eating windows (routine and structure works for me, which may be the long term effect of growing up at boarding school). I also combined it with a diet overhaul, which has been important too.
There’s actually very little science that any particular type of diet is any more effective than any other for weight loss.
Soapbox: Don’t diet, change your lifestyle instead, as “diets” tend to be time-limited and not sustainable.