Working with fasting
  • 11 Feb 2021
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Fasting and intermittent fasting (IF) are practices people often use in combination with low-carb dieting. Here we describe how to set fasting goals, log foods with timestamps to establish fasting and eating windows, and view and analyze fasting trends.

Note: Fasting time is calculated as the time before you started eating in the morning and the time after you finished eating in the evening, starting at 12:00 am and ending at 11:59 pm each day. Basically, fasting shows the opposite of your "eating window." For example, if you are on a 16:8 fasting schedule, you'll want to keep your fasting time close to 16 hours.
Tip: For more information about fasting and IF, please go to Community icon Connect and search the Articles section.

Complete these steps to begin tracking your fasting hours.

  1. Set fasting goals, including the length of time of your fasting window and eating window.
    1. Go to  App Settings icon Settings.
    2. In the Goal Settings section, select Health icon Health.
    3. In the Fasting section, enter a number of hours for both Fasting Window and Eating Window and choose whether your goal is to stay above or below each value.
  2. Turn on time tracking so you can log food with a timestamp. Once enabled, time options are available in the Show Advanced section of a food's detail screen.
    1. Go to  App Settings icon Settings.
    2. In the My Settings section, select App Settings icon App Settings.
    3. In the Additional Settings section, turn on Enable Meal Time Tracking.
  3. Log your food with a timestamp, especially the first and last foods of the day to establish your fasting and eating windows.
    1. Go to the Daily Log icon Daily Log.
    2. In the daily log, complete the steps to find a food and to open a food's detail screen.
    3. In the food's detail screen, select Show Advanced to view more options, then select the select time button to add a timestamp. The timestamp defaults to the current time. To change the time, enter a Time or select the clock icon and select a time.
    4. Select Add or Edit to add the food to the daily log.
      Tip: To log a supplement or food without breaking your fast, don't add a timestamp when you log the supplement or food.
  4. View and analyze your fasting over time.
    1. Go to Goals icon Goals.
    2. In the Progress tab, select Change to view categories of all measurements that are available.
    3. Select Lifestyle Goals or Favorites, then select eating hours per day or fasting hours per day.
      Tip: Select the Favorite icon heart next to a measurement to add the item to your list of favorite measurements.
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