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Anyone NOT eating within 30 minutes and still losing?

I usually eat within an hour to hour 15. Has anyone out there experimented with this concept? Are you still losing weight without eating within 30 minutes? TIA!!


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I am. I'm only on my 2nd week and have not been able to eat regular within the 30 minutes of waking so I have nothing to compare it to, I have lost about 9 lbs so far. I guess if the weight stops coming off for me i may try the eating within 30 minutes.

  • matwelli commented May 11th 2012:

    I started on the 3rd of may, its now the 11th (in New Zealand 1 day ahead) I get up and do a one hr walk, then drive to work, so im eating 1 1/2 hrs after I wake, lost 4.6 kg (10lb) in those 9 days , this week coming up will try to get my meal in before the walk and see if there is a difference

  • Zumbagirl commented May 11th 2012:

    Thank you both for your comments! It's so helpful.

  • Britbird commented May 12th 2012:

    Hey! I have very young kids, and a cat who poops everywhere at night. So by the time I have sorted them out every morning I am waaaay past the 30 min mark. Hasn't made any difference to me! :)Tim Ferris is a multi-millionaire single bachelor who gets up at 10am. There is no way I could copy his lifestyle! Good luck with your journey

  • Zumbagirl commented May 14th 2012:

    For some reason Brit, your comment really made me laugh! True, so true!

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If you look in the Appendix of the book you will note that the results for those skipping breakfast were actually better than those who ate breakfast. Other research would back this information up as well, as well as other programs like Intermittent Fasting. Two of the reasons Tim supports the idea of eating within 30-60 minutes of waking are, the longer you fast the greater a chance you will give in to cravings and getting in the early dose of protein will help prevent the 3:00pm fatigue that many of us experience. There is a lot of talk about it kick starting your metabolism, etc, but if you do some research there are very few studies to support this idea, and those that do seem to come from Epidemiological Studies rather than Clinical research.

With that being said some people find they experience much greater weight loss by eating the 30g within 30 minutes and some find better results with IF. It is a matter of experimenting, like most everything else with Slow Carb. Bodies are very different. There is a lot of new research into how different blood types play a role, how different body types (endomorph, ectomorph, mesomorph) play a role, not to mention vary degrees of sex hormones, geographical influences, etc. Fat storage is not a clean cut issue by any means and the research is just starting to scratch the surface.

  • jodyalbritton commented May 12th 2012:

    After seven months of trying it both ways, I can say for me eating the thirty within thirty has no effect on me losing weight with everything else being equal. I agree with JKW that it's more of a hunger control technique than anything else. The same thing can be said about eating every four hours as well.

  • Zumbagirl commented May 14th 2012:

    I'm going to have to agree with the hunger and craving issue. Once I get past a particular time of hunger, it's almost impossible for me. Thanks for your answers!

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