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New to 16:8

Discussion in 'Fasting' started by Scarlet10, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. Scarlet10

    Scarlet10 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello

    I’m type one and started 16;8 fasting yesterday.
    My overall control is 6.8 but I want it to be lower.
    I done no carbs for two weeks but didn’t lose weight, I need to lose 2-3 stone so I thought maybe 16:8 will help me.
    Can any of you share with me your success stories on this way of life?
     
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    Roggg · Well-Known Member

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    I'm relatively new to IF myself, and I'm also Type 2, so I don't think my experience is complete enough to be relevant to you, but as a T2 I saw some pretty significant early success in weight loss. I'm doing LCHF along with it so it's hard to pull the strands apart and say what's what. But welcome, and good luck. I hope you get what you need out of it.

    I found 16:8 pretty easy to be honest. It's basically don't eat after dinner, and depending on your schedule either skip breakfast or eat it a little later than usual.
     
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    frankbegbie · Well-Known Member

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    I've been low carbing for a couple of years now but have not lost any weight.
    I've tried fasting for different lengths of time 3, 4 and 5 days but still no weight loss.
    When I do eat its always around 16-8.
    I'm currently trying the 5-2 diet where I am eating for 5 days then fasting for 2 days in a row.

    I'm reading a book on 5-2 eating, and they say you should only fast for one day then eat normally so your metabolism doesn't slow down through starvation. So I'm splitting the fasting days now.

    Fast. Feast. Repeat Gin Stephens.: The Clean Fast Protocol for Health

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51168294-fast-feast-repeat

    I'm hoping this is the answer for me.
     
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    Lilylala · Well-Known Member

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    Been doing omad since 1/2/20 so 5 months in and type 2 taking humulin m3 I am 24/1 eat at 7 each evening then don't eat again till 7 pm next day .I have found that my insulin I had to adjust along the way was 40 units am/ pm now down to just 16 units pm when I eat.I try to stick to meat and salad most days but I do have a take away most weekends and cake as a treat , so far I have lost 40 lb .So fast / feast / repeat its worked for me , also I drink plenty of water , 1 can of diet cola with my meal and a glass or 2 of rose wine at the weekend.Hope this helps.
     
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    I'm staying off any flavoured drinks. I used to have orange juice (no added sugar) every morning then tea with milk and a sweetener, but am now doing a 'clean' fast because she says that even just the illusion of sweetness will make your body respond by increasing your insulin.
    So it's just water, tea or coffee from now on with no milk or sweetener.
    It's a bit rough to be honest but I'm sick of failure and am pretty desperate.
    If this works I may graduate to one meal a day.
     
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    mouseee · Well-Known Member

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    Two weeks probably wont show weight loss yet. I posted on here not long after I started low carb as I hadnt lost and a month after that it started falling off. I lost 2 stone in about 6 months.
    So, not advice about fasting but just to stick at whatever you choose. Low carb will pay off soon.
     
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    frankbegbie · Well-Known Member

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    I just tested my insulin level and it was a full 2.5 points above where it usually is.
    That was after a cup of tea with just a bit of Soya milk in it.
    Now milk is off the menu when I'm fasting.
    Eating normally today so it doesn't matter so much.
     
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    Elsinore Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi all. New-ish here.
    I was doing the 16/8 and it was working. Freaked my diabetes doc and nurse out... told me to not fast beyond 12 hours.
    I'm thinking of going back to it. Good idea?
     
  9. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Did the nurse and doc give you any reason? I guess they were concerned about hypos.. but if you know what you're doing then...
     
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    Elsinore Type 1 · Newbie

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    Yes, it was fear of lows. She has cut back my night time insulin and now every morning I'm at 12mmol at 8 am and it continues to climb up until 11 am. Dawn phenomenon is making me feel so sluggish in the morning.
    Frankly I'm at a loss as to how to beat the DP.
    Kind regards all.
     
  11. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Again if you know what you are doing then do what you think is best for you?
    Guessing your nurse isn't T1 so ...
     
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