Bob - how are working your IF?
I've been flirting with the 16/8 protocol. Kind of half a$$ed attempt whilst I get my head around it more however i'm struggling to find the time to get my head around it more. Biggest reason is it fits my lifestyle very well. I've realised my lifestyle has forced me to get used to a lot of the "cons" of IF - training whilst hungry being one, going way beyond the hunger feeling, several hours without eating, and "making up for it".
In reading about it I realised that I just need to skip breakfast and have a late lunch to fit the 16/8 method. Also, due to my lifestyle i've had to get used to "feasting" - sometimes/often putting away well over 2000 calories in one sitting.
Yo Kenny, I've sort of abandoned IF. Not really, but kinda. If I train early in the day then I'll still train fasted with BCAA, but if I have time for something solid I will not, although I keep it carbless. I was finding that, like you, last thing at night I was having to force feed myself a ridiculous amount of protein to hit my daily target, sometimes having to eat like half a kilo of meat with no veg and it wasn't doing my digestion any favours. Having a large, solid, proteiny breakfast just makes life easier.
It all just depends on how I'm feeling on the day. If I'm up early I'll take the dog for a walk on an empty stomach, and then when I come home I'll either hit the gym fasted if it's early and I'm not hungry, or if I fancy something to eat I'll eat some eggs or meat n veg.
I never really worry about sticking to 16/8 or whatever, I just do what I feel like on the day.
So, i've been missing breakfast and having my first meal mid afternoon. I also eat constantly from around 11pm, till after midnight. Sometimes it's not quite been 16 hours but more like 14 before I eat again.
I'm at the point now where I have abs and obliques, especially in the morning, most significant thing is I can see my serratus. Can get into smaller jeans. The lower back fat is actually more obvious now, it's not quite lower back, it's between the lower back and sides. b/w is pretty much exactly the same. I would say i'm abut 12%, too, definitely not below 10 yet.
What I found was I would have a huge dinner with the Mrs (we always have a huge dinner together) and wouldn't be hungry again all night, but I'd still need to force feed myself some protein before bed. Breaking the fast earlier like I do now means I don't have to face a huge meal of meat every night before bed, and can have something much smaller. So whereas before pre-bed I was putting away like 80g of protein, now it's more like 30g, which is much more manageable. Means there's room on my plate for veg too which can only be a good thing.
That's good that you're losing weight still. What I find with IF is that the initial weight loss is very encouraging, but it plateaus quickly.
So to summarise my ramblings: I break my fast much earlier now, and sometimes eat within an hour of getting up. It means I can get away with eating a bit less later in the day, which is easier on my psyche and digestive tract. I'll still train fasted if it's super early in the day, otherwise I use more of a carb backloading sort of set up.