68 thoughts on “What to do if your scale drives you crazy while doing intermittent fasting

  1. Kelly Risposta

    Glad you are working toward other measures beyond the scale- I feel like a weekly active tracking would be helpful!

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Kelly, thanks for your feedback. 🙂
      We really appreciate feedback from our users and bring all those suggestions to our development meetings.
      I’m sure that we can integrate many of those into future versions of the app.
      We work hard to make BodyFast better and better every day.
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  2. Karen Rideout Risposta

    Im fasting between 8 pm – 12 pm. I feel as though I NEED my morning coffee though. And I have to have cream and sugar! What do I do?? I have 10 oz of codfee every morning with about 4 tbsp half n half and 2 tablespoons sugar. If I do this ONE bad thing during fasting, how will it effect my success?

    • Stefan Müller Autore articoloRisposta

      Hi Karen, thanks for your comment.

      We don’t recommend putting anything in your coffee. Because by doing so you will break your fast.

      Especially for your transition to the (fat-) metabolism and the health benefits of the autophagy effect it is important to give your system time to rest.

      By consuming calories during your fasting window, you also make it much harder for you mentally, because your body gets teased with energy. Your overall success will suffer, too.

      Our tip💡Find a great fruity filter coffee, switch to tea or simply drink your coffee with milk during your eating window.

      Hope it helps, all the best!

  3. Chantel Risposta

    I am with you Karen! I have to be up around 4 am and so I need the coffee, but I can’t drink it black! Have no clue how I can get this fasting to work for me. I can handle not eating for 16 hours, but not have coffee . . . That’s a big problem!

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Chantel, thanks for your comment. You might try to get used to black coffee although it might be hard at the beginning. Furthermore, you might try alternatives that also contain caffeine like for example black tea.
      Best wishes,
      your BodyFast-Team

      • Pamela Risposta

        Is it forbidden to sweeten my tea with Splenda or some type of artificial sweetener?
        How about Crystal Light in my water? Fruit flavored carbonated water?

        • Jenny M. Risposta

          Hello Pamela,
          We recommend to avoid sweeteners and supplements of any kind in your drinks during fasting.
          Even if they are non-caloric they might affect your insulin level which breaks your fast and all positive metabolic processes coming with it.
          Happy BodyFasting 🙂

  4. Melanie Risposta

    Hallo! Ich mache seit mittlerweile 10 Wochen diese Diät, davon 5 Wochen sogar nur mehr 17/7! Der Erfolg auf der Waage ist leider sehr ernüchternd : 2 kg. Wobei ich sagen muss, dass ich an meiner Kleidung sehr wohl einen deutlichen Unterschied merke. Wie lange wird /kann es noch dauern, bis auch bei mir endlich die Kilos purzeln? Is etwas deprimierend, wenn eine Freundin dasselbe Ergebnis in nur einer Woche schafft.

    • Stefan Müller Autore articoloRisposta

      Hi Melanie,
      Intervallfasten ist keine Diät, sondern nur ein anderer Ernährungsstil. Und der funktioniert offenbar gut bei dir! Denn die Zahl auf der Waage sagt allein wenig aus, der Umfang zählt! Und da scheint sich dein Körper schon schön verändert zu haben. Bleib’ bei dir, schau auf dich und hab etwas Geduld. Es läuft ja, oder?

  5. Cheryl Evans Risposta

    I truly didn’t think I could give up my morning coffee. But I made a commitment to myself on Jan 1 to give 100% to improving my health and I gave myself a timeline to accomplish this. One year. The first week on Bodyfast was fairly easy. I pushed my coffee back 2 hours and I was fine with that. The second week was more challenging but I kept the faith and followed through on my commitment to better health. I did miss my coffee, I won’t lie, but I didn’t break my fast in order to have it. Instead I had black tea. This is my third week. And the challenge is stronger. Again I’m keeping the faith. This week I’m feeling the hunger and not for coffee. I want food. Lol. The best part is I’m learning what hunger really is and when/how my body tells me I’m hungry. Giving up morning coffee is no longer a big deal. Yea. Victory. And I enjoy my single cuppa so much more. It’s now more a treat then a necessity. Looking forward to next week’s challenges.

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for your comment.
      We are happy to hear that IF works for you and that you managed to do without coffee.
      Best wishes and stay motivated,
      your BodyFast-Team

  6. Marijan Risposta

    Hallo ich arbeite als pfläger und habe oft nachtdienst,dann eine tag frei dann wieder spät dienst,wie soll ich dann meine fastzeite reguliren,weil paar tage bin ich nacht wach und dann wieder tagsüber

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hallo Marijan, danke für deinen Kommentar.

      Es ist tatsächlich oft nicht einfach, Fasten und Schichtarbeit zu vereinbaren.
      Einige unserer Nutzer kriegen das aber ganz gut hin:
      + Hast Du schon einmal probiert, die Fastenzeiten in der App zu verschieben? Das geht nämlich sowohl vor, als auch während der Fastenwoche.
      + Du kannst unter vielen verschiedenen Plänen wählen – vielleicht schaust Du Dir die unterschiedlichen Möglichkeiten einmal an.

      Wir arbeiten aber daran, Schichtarbeit besser zu unterstützen und freuen uns über jede Anregung zum Thema!

      LG, dein BodyFast-Team

  7. Romana Risposta


    Ist Kaffee mit fast fettfreier Milch (0,7% Fett) während des Fastens erlaubt?


    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hallo Ramona, danke für deinen Kommentar!
      Während der Fastenperioden sind ausschließlich Wasser, Tee und Kaffee ohne Milch, Zucker und Süßstoffe erlaubt, da sonst die Fastenperiode (und damit der Autophagie-Prozess) unterbrochen wird.
      LG, dein BodyFast-Team

  8. Vicky Milne Risposta

    I’m in week 3 … the first 2 weeks I lost 8 pounds. I just weighed myself and I put 2 pounds back on. Is this normal?

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Vicky, thanks for your comment.

      It often takes a few days or weeks until your body gets used to the new way of eating. Therefore, it may happen that you don’t achieve positive results immediatly.

      The following tips might be helpful to achieve the desired results:

      + Pay attention to what you eat in your meal times. What do you tolerate, which foods give you a good feeling, which don’t? Change your meal plans according to those feelings.
      + If you have not lost weight, you should extend your fasting times or fast more frequently. That’s exactly what our Coach does: he suggests fasting plans that fit your personal needs and goals.
      + Intermittent Fasting is non of these “miracle diets” that are known to cause yo-yo effects. IF is a long-term change in your diet. So it may take a few weeks to achieve a greater weight loss.
      + In the meal times you should not eat more than usually.
      + Fighting cravings is often not easy, but it’s a good idea to stay active, go for a walk, and drink plenty of water (preferably two glasses).
      + You should reduce your sugar intake and avoid sweeteners – this will also reduce the risk of hunger attacks.
      + Last but not least: Workouts are a miracle weapon. Try to include workout units in your daily life. This will additionally boost fat burning.

      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  9. Angela Graybeal Risposta

    The above tip was very helpful, thank you. I love intermittent fasting, I too see weight loss, well it’s up and down. I too have issues about sweets, love ice cream but being in my fifties it doesn’t love me back. I will as well try to follow a little more restricted routine and eliminate sugar, slowly of course. I only wish is that this bodyfast app could give better fasting plans for people like myself who can’t afford to pay for the coach. I have searched other apps to but this app has the best fasting periods. I am thankful for what free advise and plans that are in this app. Maybe you guys could throw in a few more. Once again thanks for bodyfast.
    I have definitely found a new lifestyle of trying to be healthy and happy with myself.

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Angela, thanks for your feedback and your ideas!

      We really appreciate feedback from our users and bring all those suggestions to our development meetings.
      I’m sure that we can integrate many of those into future versions of the app.

      We work hard to make BodyFast better and better every day.

      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Izzy, thanks for your comment. Happy BodyFasting! 🙂
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  10. Sandy Risposta

    Mit welchen Lebensmitteln kann ich meine fastenphasen einfacher machen? Da ich momentan sehr viel stress habe fällt es mir schwer die Zeiten einzuhalten und Tees und Brühe helfen nicht viel?
    Ist zum Beispiel Melone erlaubt?

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hallo Sandy, danke für deinen Kommentar.
      Während der Fastenperioden sind ausschließlich Wasser, Tee und Kaffee ohne Milch, Zucker und Süßstoffe erlaubt, da sonst die Fastenperiode (und damit der Autophagie-Prozess) unterbrochen wird.
      Liebe Grüße, dein BodyFast-Team

  11. Sylvie Risposta

    Really cool app, thanks for developing. I have already recommended it to 2 people.
    I was already doing intermittent fasting but the app helps and the extra info does not go astray. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Sylvie, thank you for your positive feedback! We are very happy to hear that you like BodyFast. If you have suggestions for improvement, you can always contact us.
      Happy BodyFasting. 🙂
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi June, thanks for your comment.
      During your fasting periods please only have pure water, tea and coffee without milk, sugar or sweeteners, as otherwise the autophagy process will be stopped.
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  12. Ethel Still Risposta

    Do you have to have a coach? Plus I am a very picky eater and I don’t eat hamburgers, but I do like deer meat. Can a person eat tuna fish In the package,?

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Ethel, thanks for your comment.
      The app download is free. Only the Coach subscription will have a monthly fee involved. You’ll find the pricing for your region in the app in the Coach tab before purchasing. The app pricing varies depending on the plan you choose (3/6/12 months).

      The app has a lot of free features, more than most other fasting apps:

      + Choose from 10 different fasting plans like 5-2 or 16-8
      + A fasting timer to track your fasting
      + Multiple notification options to stay on track with your fasting times
      + Track your weight and add notes
      + Detailed statistics on your weight progress, BMI and the way to your goal
      + A large knowledge library about fasting, eating periods and weight loss

      You can always first try the free features and then go for the more effective way of the Coach later. You can find the exact prices for our Coach subscriptions directly in the app in the Coach-tab.

      In the eating periods you can basically eat what you want. This is also the advantage BodyFast has over other weight loss methods. You do not have to count calories or change your meals.

      Instead of counting calories or following specific diet plans, we recommend a simple rule of thumb that will help you develop a natural sense of moderate and healthy portion sizes:

      + One full-size portion of protein-containing foods (meat, eggs, dairy, etc.) and a fist-sized portion of vegetables at each meal.
      + For most meals, a hollow hand full of carbohydrates (pasta, rice, fruits) and a thumb-sized portion of fatty foods like butter, oil, and nuts.
      These figures apply to women, men double the amount.
      Of course, intermittent fasting can also be combined with other diets such as low-carb or ketogenic, ie carbohydrate-limited diet.

      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  13. IVAn Risposta

    Al preparar mi café, suelo ponerle canela en Rajas.
    Es válido durante el ayuno?

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hola, gracias por tu comentario.
      La canela no es un problema en los períodos de ayuno.
      Un saludo, tu equipo de BodyFast.

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Pirike,
      Thank you for your feedback. The feature is already live and will help you to measure your progress even better.
      All the best for you!
      Best regards,
      Your BodyFast team

  14. Heather M Risposta

    I’ve been fasting now with the coach for 7 weeks. I lost 16lbs but over the last few days, I’ve gained 4lbs back. I’m not doing anything different. I’m not menstrating. What the heck is going on?

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Heather,
      There are a lot of factors affecting the body weight, especially the water balance (e.g. salt/caffein intake, time of the day, weather etc.).
      Have you ever taken other body measurements and compared them over time?
      What could also be a good idea is to regularly change your fasting plan to challenge your body and avoid habituation effects.
      All the best for you!
      Best regards,
      Your BodyFast team

  15. Brooke Elder Risposta

    I am really interested in trying this out. Are there any coupon codes to help out with the cost? I am extremely frugal and just can’t fathom paying for it and hating it. I know there are the free ones but I feel if the Coach specializes it to me then I don’t want to have a bad experience by using a free one that won’t necessarily work for me. Or can I try the coach for a month and if I love it subscribe?

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Brooke, thanks for your request.

      Unfortunately, we do not offer trial subscriptions, yet. Please read our user reviews in the App Store or share your experiences with other users in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodyfast/

      However, if you would like to test the coach, I would recommend you to start a 3-month subscription, test it for 14 days, and then decide if you want to keep or revoke it. When subscribing, you have the right to claim a refund within 14 days. Of course, you will get your money back.

      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  16. Gwen Risposta

    Good day! I have been on Body Fast for 25+- weeks., I have lost a lot of cm and very little weight on the scale. I need to take meds in the mornings set time. I can’t take it on my empty tummy and been breaking my fast with a fruit/dried fruit(half apple or 2 dried peaches or quarter banana) I’ve been fine maybe it slowed down my weight loss

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi Gwen, thanks for your comment.
      If possible, take your medicine during your eating periods, as otherwise your fasting period will be interrupted. If this is not possible, for example, because the medicine hast to be taken at a fixed time, then we advise taking your pills despite fasting, even if the autophagy process might be stopped by doing so. You’re on the right way 🙂
      Happy BodyFasting.
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi, thanks for your request. Please refrain from diet drinks while fasting, as those contain artificial sweeteners.
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  17. Miranda Risposta

    Ik begon vandaag met week 4 ben in week 1 en 2 samen 5,6 kg verloren aan gewicht vandaag na week 3, 2 kilo erbij jammer maar ik ga door hoor.
    Ik wil graag weten of de app ook naar Nederlands vertaald kan worden.
    Alvast bedankt.

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hoi Miranda,
      De app is beschikbaar in het Duits, Engels, Frans, Spaans, Italiaans en Portugees. Op dit moment zijn er geen plannen om de app ook in het Nederlands te vertalen. Maar als je vragen hebt, neem dan gerust contact op met ons support team (support@bodyfast.de). Gelukkig BodyFasting!

  18. Tammy Risposta

    Can I use water enhancer’s? I started a week ago. I have been using MIO ENERGY.

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Tammy,
      During your fasting time please only have pure water, tea or coffee.
      Everything else (be it caloric or not) influences your insulin level and therefore breaks the fast.

  19. Elisabeth Risposta

    Hallo! Ich suche die 50 Fastenpläne, welche der Coach vorschlägt? Bin noch ein Neuling mit vielen Fragen. In meiner 1. Fastenwoche habe ich einen ganzen Esstag, muss ich den einhalten? Liebe Grüße! Elisabeth

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hallo Elisabeth,

      vielen Dank für deine Anfrage!

      Wenn du statt einer variablen, für dich berechneten Coach-Woche lieber einen Standardplan verfolgen möchtest, ist das gar kein Problem.

      + Statt eine Coach-Woche zu starten (großer orangener Button im Fasten-Tab), wählst du einen der grünen großen Buttons darunter.
      + Beim ersten Button findest du Standard-Pläne wie 16-8 und 5-2.
      + Bei den anderen Buttons findest du viele verschiedene andere Pläne, die du ausprobieren kannst. Einige haben den Fokus “Gewicht verlieren”, andere den Fokus “Gesundheit”, also Entgiftung und Zellreparatur.
      + Als Coach-Abonnent werden dir auch bei manuell gewählten Plänen individuelle Challenges vorgeschlagen, die du nach Wunsch auch austauschen kannst.

      Hinweis: Bitte beachte, dass du deine aktuelle Coach-Woche abbrechen oder ablaufen lassen musst, um die Planübersicht sehen zu können.

      Ob du den fastenfreien Tag im Fastenplan einhältst, ist dir überlassen. Wenn du eine Fastenperiode einlegen möchtest, ist das kein Problem.
      ​Höre aber bitte auf deinen Körper. Solltest du dich dabei nicht wohlfühlen, dann unterbrich die zusätzliche Fastenperiode bitte.

      Liebe Grüße, dein BodyFast-Team

    • Svenja Taubert Risposta

      Hi, thanks for your request.
      During your fasting periods please only have pure water, tea and coffee without milk, lemon juice, sugar or sweeteners, as otherwise the autophagy process will be stopped.
      During your eating times you can have whatever you like even though we warmly recommend a healthy diet and lifestyle!
      Kind regards, your BodyFast-Team

  20. Joyce Risposta

    Hi I have been intermittent fasting for about 3 weeks now, but without the app or a coach. I feel better, but I’ve not lost any weight although feel my measurements are less..

    I struggle ALOT with constipation and think that weight loss is restricted as a result. Reading the comments have given me so many ideas about possible challenges and benefits to the plan, especially some of the potential causes of my limited results (water enhancers, li get periods of fasting, etc.).

    I just added the APP and the COACH in hopes of increasing results.

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hello Joyce and welcome to BodyFast!
      In the first instance, intermittent fasting means stress for your body until it gets used to the changes.
      This might affect results in the short term but you will most probably be successful in the long run.
      It is great to hear that the comments here were helpful to you. We can also warmly recommend to follow our Instagram channel and join our Facebook group for more motivation and inspiration.
      All the best for your journey!

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Gillian,
      Yes, you can! As long as it is pure meaning without flavor, sugar, sweeteners and other beverages.
      Happy BodyFasting!

  21. Nicky Risposta

    Hi Thanks for this app. It helps me personally to set the mind to it. I watch the fasten circle offten and time flys by! Lost 3 kg in 3 weeks. Slowly but effectively. Hope this app developpes in a innovatief way. Does it also contains Free low carb recipes for the eating periodes?

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Nicky,
      Thank you for your positive feedback and congrats on your first successes!
      We want to keep intermittent fasting as a method as simple as possible to fit everyone’s life. All you have to pay attention at is the time. For more info about eating, drinking etc. please take a look at our FAQs. For discussions, ideas, recipes etc. we can warmly recommend our Facebook group.
      Be sure we are innovative, you can already look forward to the upcoming updates 😉
      Happy BodyFasting!

      • rita khawam Risposta

        Hello, i Started with this program 3 days ago, i realized on my scale that the fat percentage increased while my weight decreased is it normal ?

        • Jenny M. Risposta

          Hello Rita,
          There are very little scales which can reliably determine the fat percentage.
          The best thing would be to have such statistics monitored professionally.
          In addition, we recommend that you take your body measurements and compare them over time.
          There is also a blog article dealing with this topic 😉
          In case you would need further help please don’t hesitate to turn to support@bodyfast.de
          Happy BodyFasting!

  22. Amy Risposta

    I have just started with BodyFast. It’s day 1. Are there any side effects, like headache, or the shakes,etc…. that will come about due to the body having a significant change? Also what is the average amount of what loss, that can be expected over a 3 month period

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Amy and welcome to BodyFasting 🙂

      Like every change, intermittent fasting initially means stress for your body. Until it gets used to the change, it can initially react with discomfort, headaches, circulatory problems or the like.
      Pay close attention to your body. If you do not notice any improvement, please stop and talk to your doctor about it.

      There is no such average as each person and body reacts differently to the changes coming with intermittent fasting. Some need weeks or even months to see results (at least on the scales), others lose weight quickly which can also be consequence of water fluctuation. The most important thing is to feel good with IF and to not focus to much on the numbers. We recommend to also take other body measurements and track them over time.

      Happy fasting!

  23. Donna Risposta

    Thanks for the advice because that sounds like me I feel I am losing inches but on the scale it says differently

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Donna,
      Thanks for your comment. That is exactly what this article is all about.
      We also have one about how to measure your success best 😉
      All the best for you!

  24. Nora Elgammal Risposta

    Thank you so much for this page, an eye opener! I started my fast almost three weeks ago, with minimal weight loss. Reading the above made me realize where I was going wrong; I was drinking my coffee with cream! Which automatically breaks my fast!
    I will follow the app then add a coach once I am into it.
    I also had surgery which prevented me from exercising or walking – should be ready soon for that though. How important is the exercise?
    Thank you again!
    Nora Elgammal

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Nora,
      You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks as well for your positive feedback!
      Exercise can really support your journey to a healthier life and is even recommended.
      It turned out to be most effective at the end of a fasting period when fat burning is at highest.
      All the best for you!

  25. Charita Risposta

    Before I began IF I had been doing a alternative day plan where one day I ate the caloric level that would have me maintain my ideal weight and then the next day I ate 900 calories or less…I did this for five months and loss 14 pounds, then I reached a plateau so I switched to Body Fast.I have just finished my first week, it was very difficult, and I have not lost a pound ☹️. Help!!

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hello Charita,
      Your body needs to adapt to these changes, so don’t bee too impatient 😉
      Please contact support@bodyfast.de and our experienced team will give you some advices.
      Thank you!

  26. Jeremy Risposta

    Does adding sugar free syrups to your coffee break your fast? I am looking at the Monin and Torani brand and they have zero calories…so wondering if one serving will break my fast?

    • Jenny M. Risposta

      Hi Jeremy,
      We recommend to avoid these syrups even if they have zero calories as they might nevertheless affect your insulin level which breaks your fast.
      Just to be on the safe side 😉
      All the best for your journey!

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