OK, now that that’s out of the way, here’s why I think intermittent fasting is for everybody. It works. It’s flexible. And it’s reliable. Fasting is what’s up.
But don’t be taken in, either. Because fasting is no miracle formula. It works exactly for the reason you think it would: You just don’t eat for a while.
Now, I am sorry in advance to all who believe eating more frequently somehow spurs a sluggish metabolism. It’s an interesting theory. Only one problem: It’s wrong. (There is seriously no real science to it.) Whereas “fasting, sweet fasting”, on the other hand, makes the obvious and right assumption that if we want to lose weight, well, then maybe we should take a break from feeding, you know, at least every now and then.
Fasting is a form of nutritional periodization, where you wave the intensity of how you eat, in the same way you might cycle the veracity of your workouts. This is why IF is so darn useful: It essentially helps us to override the two biggest hiccups most people experience when dieting: cravings and crappy, low energy. And it does this by not trying to straight up plummet our calories.
“This is why IF is so darn useful: It essentially helps us to override the two biggest hiccups most people experience when dieting: cravings and crappy, low energy.”
It’s damn hard to drive calories down in a straight line. So what fasting does, is it encourages us to be crafty with our caloric intakes–some days higher, some days lower–and therefore abstain from being in a state of continual deficit. The trend is still down, calorically speaking. Or at least the trend SHOULD be down. That’s the point of fasting. But the power of fasting is found in those pockets of relief. The days we do get to eat.
Fasting also doesn’t play favorites, mind you. So you can attach it to any “diet”: Paleo, vegan, IIFYM, cannibalism, if you’re into that sort of thing, not here to judge. It works for everyone and every way of eating. Because fasting isn’t eating. It’s not eating. And that’s the key.
So the secret to all of this, of course, what really makes fasting for everybody, is finding a framework that is useable to you. Maybe you fast once or twice a week. There’s an option. Or maybe you take a controlled approach, like 5/2. Shoot, maybe you just start by skipping breakfast one or two days a week. Challenged, but successful. Always, always.
Fasting is for everybody.