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Rumblebear Mon 07-Sep-20 08:27:42

Hi-ive heard great things about this diet. I have around 10 -14 pounds to lose, combo of baby weight and lockdown weight. I eat pretty healthy anyway, but portion size and carbs are the killer...so I thought a diet like this where I don't have to count calories and log everything religiously would help.

However- I normally get up 630ish, eat breakfast, lunch is 12-1ish, and then dinner is 8-9pm. I have two small children hence dinner so late, as I'm generally sorting them out for bedtime etc and I can't eat same time as them during the week as 1) they have tea in nursery 3 days and I pick up at 545 and 2) other days I'm working till 7ish.

So I guess my option is to make 1-9pm my window. Does anyone else do this and how do you find it? I'm always ready for breakfast then so what do you have to power through till lunch?

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BirdsInTheAttic Tue 08-Sep-20 10:03:33

I’ve been doing 16:8 for a couple of weeks now and my window is generally midday - 8pm, some days I’ve done 1pm - 9pm.

I was always a big fan of breakfast but to be honest I’ve just got used to not having it now (I do have a cup of tea though, not sure that’s strictly allowed but that’s something I really couldn’t give up!)

I find that I do feel hungry around 10am but I just power through with a glass of water and then I’m fine again. I think it helps at that point to think that you’re not denying yourself anything, you’re just waiting a bit longer.

AriettyHomily Tue 08-Sep-20 11:07:26

I tend to do 1300-2100 but it really doesn't matter just do what it feel best with

BalloonDinosaur Tue 08-Sep-20 11:24:40

I've only recently started 16/8, so can't give any long term advice! I was initially going to do 12pm-8pm but realised that by the time I'd got DS to bed eating before 8 was a struggle. So doing 1pm-9pm. I struggle with the last couple of hours (11-1) the most but seems to be manageable.

I work 12 hour shifts though, so dayshifts when I start at 6am will definitely be more of a challenge.

Rumblebear Tue 08-Sep-20 11:32:49

Thanks all. It's good to know there are others who are breakfast fans but can survive without it! Ill def try it-on holiday next week but week after will start.

Yes-i think coffee will be needed in the morning! Surely it won't make too much of a difference ☺️

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PamDemic Tue 08-Sep-20 11:43:28

I have also started this - I find it easier to delay eating as long as possible - coffee all morning. It does get challenging around this time of day when I'm starting to get hungry! I aim to get to 2pm if possible. If I can wait until I've done the school run even better. I use the zero app which is a timer and it tells you when your fast is up.

The other challenge for me is not stuffing my face and having 2000 calories all in one go.

PamDemic Tue 08-Sep-20 11:45:09

The book Don't Deny Delay is also quite good (it proposes just one meal a day).

And in order to properly fast you should only have black tea or coffee in the mornings....

I often do have to have a diet coke in the afternoon which is not brilliant as the sweeteners trigger a insulin reaction.

TryingnottobeWaynettaSlob Wed 09-Sep-20 09:57:39

I stop eating at 7pm and start eating at 11am next day. I eat Dinner with my DD that’s how I fit it in. I’m quite new to this though so may tweak it. Plus I’m only doing this 3 times a week with a view to increase Days later just to start getting used to it and I don’t fall off the wagon too quick!

Submariner Fri 11-Sep-20 18:19:01

I get up at 5 and I was always someone who had to eat as soon as I opened my eyes. I started doing this by only eating from 7am-9pm one week, then 8am-8pm for a week and so on. I now eat from 10 until 6.30/7 and next week I will push my breakfast back once more to 10.30/11. I have found it much easier than I thought I would. I find my hunger only really 'switches on' after my first meal. I really notice how full I am in the evening and often stop eating before my window closes because I don't fancy anything. I do get some grumbles in the morning, especially on the first day of the new time, but I drink herbal tea and am never gnawing my arm off when it's time to eat.

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