Let’s Define some terms.
Intermittent: Occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady.
Fasting: Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance.
Ok, now that is out of the way…Intermittent Fasting or IF, is becoming a fad again. Which is sad because IF does have validity if it is applied in the right setting to the right person. So again everything goes back to the application for the individual. (Can’t come up with a template for that!).
IF is typically used by people who want to lose weight. The most popular way to apply IF is to restrict your eating window by continuing not to eat until after most people would be eating lunch. This is referred to as the 16/8. Staying fasted daily for 16 hours and then eating in an 8-hour window.
This is intended to limit the amount of food you are eating on a daily basis putting you into a caloric deficit which, will in theory, reduce body fat. Where this goes wrong is that just because you are restricting your window to consume food it does NOT mean that you are reducing calories and you could still simply be consuming more food in that short window to compensate.
Here is the issue. If you are fasting every day for the same length of time daily it is no longer intermittent. Additionally, depending on the amount of carbohydrate intake you have you may be jacking your blood sugar up and down without any consistency which can lead to issues of feeling extremely fatigued due to the intense fluctuation and long periods of time without any food to the time of extreme eating or even overeating.
Here’s the fix! Rather than fasting every day take 1-2 days per week and go completely fasted from food you have to chew. Some fats and proteins in the form of liquid will curb your hunger and keep things healing. Using collagen and bone broth will help to take the edge off and to promote healing of the gut lining. This will also help to reset insulin sensitivity as well as reduce the number of weekly calories you consume which will, in turn, create a caloric deficit and cause weight loss.
If you have more questions about IF or how to utilize a fast for your nutritional plan please reach out to us we would love to help!!