One of the biggest intermediate-to-long-term effects of eating that way was (and is) that I can put away a lot of food. At first, it was uncomfortable to force 700+ calories down at a time, but gradually, I adapted and those huge meals merely satisfied me. In the short term, this allowed me to eat a ton of calories and not feel like a beached whale. In the long term, it made for a rough transition to small, low-calorie meals.
|My smallest IF meal|
I don't fast anymore. Why? Each of these consequences of IF exacerbates an unhealthy habit (for me): either my tendency to overeat or my proclivity to restrict.
Of course, restrict I did not (other than the hours during which I ate), which is why I topped out at 145lb last winter. (I am very short and prefer the way I look and feel at about 120lb.)
I should rephrase that. I thought I was restricting. That's what happens when you read the forums at bodybuilding.com religiously, especially the cutting/dieting/fat loss threads. Read "I'm losing 2 pounds a week while eating 1700 calories a day and doing no cardio!!!!" enough times, and you'll think it's totally normal and that it should be true for you, too.
The scale wasn't really moving but I kept waiting for the magic to happen. My thought process was: If it's easy for other people, it should be easy for me too. It never occurred to me that maybe it wasn't as easy as these other girls claimed, or maybe they were overestimating their calories, or maybe they were different people with different bodies and their results had no bearing on mine.
Basing my cut on the parade of supposedly-effortless diets on BB.com held me back. Had I simply gone back to what I knew worked for my body (lower calories and, yes, the much-maligned c-word: cardio), I probably would have actually, uh, lost weight.
Live and learn.
Fat loss is not easy for everyone. Not everyone can cut on 1700+ calories a day. Do what you know works for your body, and don't pay attention to what everyone else is doing/saying/claiming.