Psychological effects of intermittent fasting

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    I wouldn’t fast deliberately if you paid me! I sometimes don’t bother eating because I’m not hungry, but this is only occasionally. Fasting under medical supervision for type 2 diabetes might be useful, but fasting just to lose weight doesn’t suit everyone. I felt ‘spaced-out’, irritable, physically fatigued, naggingly hungry despite feeling ‘full’, virtuous, ‘thinner’, and ‘happy’ and achievement-oriented (to be an intermittent faster).

    Now, when I skip meals with some vaguely virtuous reference to ‘fasting intermittently to lose some weight’, I end up ratty, hungry, struggling to avoid cakes, pastries, chips, and so on (even sandwiches), and frequently determined to overturn the fasting trend by heartily enjoying goodies such as chocolate confectionery, buttery biscuits, slices of cake, filled white baguettes and paninis, cream (real, double) desserts, and cheesy fillings and toppings.

    My advice is: don’t fast so much

    I really do enjoy all those things mentioned above. If we can have real cream, real chocolate, real sugar, real bread, real butter, real cheese, we’d tend to feel alot happier and more satisfied – a win-win outcome.

    @daisybouquet it sounds like you have a serious sugar addiction. You should look at cutting down on the sugar and then you might find fasting a whole different experience.

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