Giving IF a try
Been on low carb a little over a year with a few tweaks. As I reached my goal, adding back carbs caused me to stall, and even gain a few. My latest tweak was doing the Atkins 72 induction before adding back foundation vegetables. I did good on induction but once again gained a couple lbs. back after adding some carbs, even though I am under 20 total grams per day. I think I have figured out that it is not really the few added back carbs, but an increase in snacking after dinner that is the problem. Even though I am happy with where my weight is now, I need to stop the evening snacks before they become a problem. After reading about IF here, and following some links to Dr. Jason Fung, I am hoping IF will be helpful. While I do understand the arguments for IF, including giving your body time to do work besides digestion, controlling insulin, etc., the benefit for me will really come from just declaring eating outside the feed window off limits. Of course, I could just say no evening snacks, but I think the structure of following a formal 16/8 fast/feed 7 days a week protocol will make that easier. I have completed 2 days, and do not find it difficult, probably because it is not much different, except for the snacks, from my usual routine. I had been eating breakfast about 8, lunch, 12 and dinner 5:30, with several snacks, (cheese or meat) before bed. My IF routine is to eat breakfast at 10, lunch at 1 and dinner at 5:30. This means I finish eating by 6pm, giving me a 16 hour fast. I guess the only question I have, since I am not really in weight loss mode, would there be any benefit to gradually moving the breakfast later, eventually merging it with lunch, resulting in 18/6 or even 20/4 protocol? That is not in my plan right now, but I will remain open to additional tweaks. Comments?