I have never had anything nice to say about IF in the past, but it seems to be a much different thing for me now.
When I’ve tried a 14-16 hour fast in the past, I felt deprived and miserable, but I was also trying to lose weight. While I wouldn’t mind losing weight at this point, I’m fine where I am. I decided to try IF now as part of my strategy to sort out and hopefully eliminate my food intolerances. It gives my system a longer break to digest and process the food I eat.
On weekdays, I do a minimum 14 hour fast. Sometimes, I workout in that window, usually very early in the morning because it is so blasted hot right now. The amazing part is that I haven’t really had any problem doing this.
One of the benefits is that I don’t worry about what I eat in the window, except that it has to comply with my short list of allowed foods. It’s also allowing me to test new foods in the evening in a more clear manner. Breakfast would otherwise interfere, and I’d always be a little suspicious. This way I have a reaction window going all the way up until noon.
I do wonder if the ease of doing this has anything to do with the fact that I have reached a “normal” weight. I don’t know if it’s physical or psychological (for health, not weight loss) or if it has to do with the care I’m taking in choosing foods. I never really felt like I had food cravings before going off onions, cinnamon, etc. When I have problems following a diet, it’s because I’m hungry, not because I want some disallowed food.