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    nadnarb is offline Junior Member
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    Default Odd Schedule and the WD

    I have a few questions about how to time cycle the WD. I work 7p-7a nights with a shifting schedule and sleep paterns. I am wondering how to cycle from fasting to overeating when some days I'm awake 24 hours and other days I will get be awake 9 hours to recover and change schedules again.

    If I followed the plan I might overeat twice in one day with too much fasting the next.

    Basically Im thinking I might have to do a few days WD when off and then revert to my current diet on work days.

    Any suggestions would help.

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Hi and welcome to the Party.

    The WD is _not_ about fasting, it's about alternating cycles of under- and over-eating. The general idea is that you don't eat a lot while you go about your business, and the you eat when your work day is over. You might try to see how you could make that fit into your schedule.

    The book, if you haven't read it, is very highly recommended.

    All that said, people do practice fasting with good results and perhaps that would work for you. I know people who fast one day every week, and some people even do a 2-3 day fast once every few weeks.

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    nadnarb is offline Junior Member
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    My apologies on using the wrong word of "fasting", my bad. I own the book and am halfway through reading it,

    Now that my poor choice of words is over, I am asking about how to cycle undereating versus overeating when one day I'm up 20-24 hours and another I am awake only around 9-12 hours.

    I understand the book, I am wondering how to marry the philosophy to my fairly odd hours and often sleep deprived life.

    Once again any help is appreciated.

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    I've discussed this with my wife as a potential issue when she hits the nursing floor next year. A couple things to consider:

    It's easier to sleep on a full (but not overfull) belly.

    a big breakfast with bacon and eggs, cheese and maybe some oatmeal or fresh fruit- that's a nice change from paleo/med dinner feasts. Could be a fun way to go for a while!!! 8AM feast and bed....

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    nadnarb is offline Junior Member
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    Koyote, I work as an RT in a hospital right now. Nights are great to work but kill you physically after a few years. Your wife will have a hard time working out on this schedule unless she is used to getting 5-6 hours of sleep a night. I average around 6 on a good day and after 3 to 4 days of this and working out I am drained. Some people can get a solid 8 but they are hard to find.

    Here are some problems I've encountered is the first day off when you sleep 4 hours to get back on a day schedule. You eventually hit a wall at around 9, now overeating at breakfast means undereating after waking but then if you fall asleep at 10 and get up 8 hours later, now it's almost 24 hours without a large meal and very few snacks. If you say screw it and eat another large meal at night then that's 2 overeats in about 12 hours.

    So throw that all in to my schedule for this week which is 4 on, 2 off, 2 on, and 3 off it can get hard to maintain a steady diet on any plan.

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    I do understand- I had a period in the military where I did a regular rotation of 4 12 hour days, "2 days off", 4 12 hours nights "2 days off" and I know it can mess with you hard.

    Right now my wife is still a almost a year out from graduation day- 9 or 10 months left. Her goal is CNM (RN plus masters for midwifery) and that's gonna be a pure hoot for scheduling! Fortunately her natural pattern is 5-6 hours a night and a 1.5 to 2 hour nap every day.

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