In this IGTV, I discuss why Intermittent Fasting is Probably NOT for You!
A STRONG friend, on my last IG Weight Room Wednesday, asked if I do IF and that she is looking into it herself.
No! During my extreme dieting days, before it was popular, I gave it a shot! I was not too fond of it. I was too hungry during my lifts.
I think it’s too restrictive! I don’t want to be limited to when I can eat!
One of my nutritional habits is to “eat when I’m hungry, not when it’s time.” I don’t eat according to arbitrary times.
First, my question to you is…WHY are you considering it?
I think the risks outweigh the benefits for MOST. It’s not sustainable for many women in my experience.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐅𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠?
Intermittent fasting is cycling between periods of eating and not eating.
Not eating breakfast!
Shortening your window of eating time! Pushing your first meal closer to the afternoon and no meals after your eating window.
The most popular IF protocol is 16/8.
𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟:
– Why are you considering IF? Are you considering it because others are doing it?
– Why are you looking into it?
– Why do you want to try it?
– Have you done your research?
𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐟 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮:
– Can you stick with it? Your success relies on it. You have to be able to stick to it! Again, it’s not magic.
– It doesn’t create food obsession.
– You aren’t that hungry when you wake up.
– It feels effortless for you – you’re not white-knuckling your way to your eating window.
– You don’t go into binge mode in your eating window.
– If you feel great doing it. Go for it! If you feel like death, then don’t do it! Please don’t force it!
Negative Biofeedback – 𝐈 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫:
– Dizzy – lightheaded throughout your fasting window.
– Moody – irritable – super-low energy.
– If you have a history of disordered eating or have had an eating disorder.
– You’re weak – in your workouts – poor performance and poor Recovery!🙅🏾♀️
– Strength and endurance decreasing during your workouts.
– Hormonally off – menopause-like symptoms – Missed periods are a sign of hormonal imbalances.
– Fertility issues.
– Low sex drive.
– Starving uncontrollably – not eating enough – eating too little!
– Cravings all day long – hunger, cravings, and energy out of check.
- You can’t stop thinking about food; it’s on your mind ALL day long!
– Digestion all messed up; it may be slow.
– Binging – all out none stop in your eating window.
– You’re always cold.
– Losing sleep – not sleeping well.
– Softer appearance in your muscles – could be losing muscle – under-eating protein.
– Heart rate recovery isn’t great – not coming back down.
– Fat shifting to the belly due to the stress (high cortisol) of Intermittent Fasting.
– Skin – dry and brittle nails, hair falling out, skin looking bad.
𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐭 𝐋𝐨𝐬𝐬:
– You still need a calorie deficit. It’s not magical.
– You’ll still need to adhere to the diet to see there results that you are seeking.
– The feeding window is not a free for all.
– Intermittent Fasting DOES not mean you’ll lose fat faster.
𝐒𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐈ntermittent 𝐅asting:
– Reduced inflammation.
– Reduce blood pressure.
– Improved insulin sensitivity.
– Appetite control.
– Improved memory & focus.
You get to decide if Intermittent Fasting for YOU. It’s not for everyone.
𝐌𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬:
– Fasting can be very stressful for the female body.
– You must still eat balanced meals. Make sure you are hitting all the macronutrients.
– Be careful with it, if any of the above things pop up, I wouldn’t practice Intermittent Fasting.