Thanks everyone for your kind replies! I tend to be impatient and hard on myself â€“ so it's nice to have other people's thoughts and advice. I guess I've changed, but I'm still below my goal. Two weeks left! Good idea, I'm almost out of coconut oil. Yes I try to get energy from fat more than from carbs, but I'm not being obsessive about it. I do between 16/8 and 18/6 when IFing. Very rarely longer. And when it's shorter, I don't really count it as IF. But I don't do it every day because I can't manage Bikram yoga totally fasted (it's tough and long!). I always do weightlifting fasted, and then eat soon afterwards. Maybe when I start lifting over 100 kg I'll need some kind of food, but so far I'm fine. Are you doing it every day? I believe you can do almost any exercise while fasted. Exceptions are when you're doing something athletic and kind of high-level, like professional ballet or running marathons, for instance. When performance matters more than anything. And usually your body fat is quite low when you've got that far. I'm gradually getting to that level at yoga, after two years of it, and plan to become a teacher. But the other exercise I do is more of a hobby. Never managed a full day fast, like the experts suggest. The experts also suggest those crazy binge fests (okay, "strategic overfeeding") but that's not for me. I guess it depends on your own behavioural patterns. To me it looks and feels like a disorder, even though the idea is attractive. I honestly don't believe people who follow John Romaniello or Martin Berkhan actually go to such extremes. At least not a significant portion of them. I could be wrong though. I'm still experimenting with all this. Wow, they must put tons of sugar in every dishâ€¦ My advice would be to enjoy it regardless, because it's a treat and it's meant to make you happy! I found that when you skip desserts just for a few days, and then have something sweet, it tastes way too sweet. I make sweets with a lot less sugar than in most recipes. And my favourite new cheap source of protein? Cans of sardines and mackerel! I live in a big city where "farmers" markets are just resellers. I just buy whatever is cheap, in season, usually organic when it's leafy. Frozen wild salmon is okay. For meat it's tricky though. I think all meat is cereal-fed where I live, unfortunately. I've asked really expensive butchers if their beef was grass-fed and it's not. I've been eating rabbits, which are probably less industrially bred. If anyone has ideas about getting healthy meat in France, I'm interested.