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Intricacies of Intermittent Fasting

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"The Intricacies of Intermittent Fasting:

A Comprehensive Guide

Once again, let's review Intermittent fasting, that is a new norm of longevity. Explain the different method of intermittent fasting and the intricacies of intermittent fasting.

Dear readers,

Intermittent fasting (IF) has taken the health and wellness world by storm, becoming a topic of discussion across various platforms, from social media to health-focused TV shows. Unlike typical diets, intermittent fasting isn't about what you eat but when you eat. This blog delves into the essence of intermittent fasting, helping you understand if it's the right fit for your health goals.

Intermittent Fasting is not for everyone. You may experience struggles during fasting state, bodily discomfort, overeating, sleepless night. and hormonal balance disruption. First of all, you have to assess whether intermittent fasting is healpful or harmful for you.

Sorry to say, intermittent fasting is definitely not appropriate for:



  • people with a history of disordered eating

  • pregnant or breastfeeding women (it’s probably not great for women trying to get pregnant, either)

  • children, adolescents, and elderly people

  • people exercising often and intensely

  • people who need a consistently higher energy intake every day (such as people doing heavy manual labor)

  • people with a lot of other physical, psychological, and/or life stressors

  • Type 1 diabetics

  • people who need food to take medications

Also, these are some factors that interfere with the process of intermittent fasting. I want you to review:

  • your gender: Women's body react to fasting stressfully

  • Life Stage: Perimenoapusal women, Pregnant or Brestfeeding

  • Activity: Athletes during competition season, people workout more than 7 hours a week.

  • Sleep: Not have enough sleep (7-9 hours) or Sleep too much (>9 hours)

  • Stress: Struggling with manage stressors

  • Eating Pattern: Relationship with foods and Blanted hunger and satiety cues

Understanding Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting isn't just a diet; it's a structured approach to eating. It teaches you to tune in to your body's hunger cues and establish a consistent eating pattern. The core principle involves eating within a specific time frame and fasting for the remainder of the day, with allowances for beverages like coffee, tea, and water. This method accelerates your body's ability to process food and subsequently burn fat. Sounds pretty good, isn't it? However, the process causes stress to the body, cortisol levels go up, specially, women's reproductive hormones react very sensitively. Be aware of the serious body reaction and prepare to adapt the process wisely.

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a growing topic in the health and weight loss communities, but

why? Simply put – it works. Many people are discovering the long list of benefits to this

form of fasting, and not just those looking to lose weight. While that is definitely one of

the top advantages, you will find many other health benefits as well.

  • Longevity

Intermittent fasting is increasingly being recognized for its role in promoting longevity, largely due to a biological process called autophagy. Autophagy, derived from the Greek words for "self" (auto) and "eating" (phagy), is the body's way of cleaning out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells. It's a vital cellular process for maintaining homeostasis and normal functioning of cells. When you practice intermittent fasting, the reduced intake of calories during the fasting periods puts mild stress on your cells. This stress triggers autophagy, essentially prompting cells to initiate a self-cleansing process where they remove dysfunctional proteins and cellular debris.

This process is crucial for cellular health and longevity, as it can prevent or delay cell damage that leads to aging and various diseases. By activating autophagy, intermittent fasting not only helps in prolonging cell life but also enhances overall bodily function, potentially increasing lifespan and promoting a healthier aging process.

  • It is a Simpler Way to Lose Weight

Yo-yo dieting is not only not conducive to successful weight loss, but it can actually be

harmful for your body. Too many changes in short periods of time can lead to many

issue with digestion, weight gain, and abdominal pain, so you want to stick one method

and keep with it. The reason why so many people are having success with intermittent

fasting is because how simple it is. You just have to pick one method of intermittent

fasting and stick with it, eating healthy and moderately during the eating periods, and

fasting during the other hours of the day. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.

  • It Can Help With Blood Sugar Control

Moving beyond helping you to lose weight or burn fat, intermittent fasting it also efficient

at controlling your blood sugar levels. When you do intermittent fasting over a prolonged

period of time, and do it the right way, you can start increasing your insulin resistance

and lowering your blood glucose levels naturally. When you do this, you just might help

to treat your type 2 diabetes, or avoid diabetes if you were in the high-risk category.

  • You Can Increase Cognitive Function

There have been animal studies on intermittent fasting and how it can have a positive

effect on your cognitive health, which helps to promote brain and memory health. You

can actually reduce your risk for brain-related illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s

disease with both a healthy diet, and diets like intermittent fasting. Studies were

performed at the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute of Aging on this

very subject.

  • It Promotes Healthy Eating

Since intermittent fasting takes away overeating and requires you to really be conscious

when you do eat, it can help tremendously with your overall health. Nutritious foods

provide so many amazing health benefits, for your weight, heart health, cholesterol,

even your bones. With intermittent fasting, you try to have nutrient-dense foods during

eating phases, so it can help you to learn to eat better overall.

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Exploring Various intermittent fasting Protocols

The intricacies of Intermittent fasting offers flexibility with several protocols to fit different lifestyles and schedules. Here are some popular methods:

1. 16:8/LeanGains:

Involves 8 hours of eating followed by 16 hours of fasting, ideally practiced daily. LeanGains are easily apply by skipping breakfast.

If there was one intermittent fasting protocol that most people tend to try first, it is

probably the 16/8 protocol. Also called LeanGains, the 16/8 fasting protocol is good for

beginners because you don’t go as long in between eating periods. Many people

struggle with IF that requires going 24 hours or longer without eating or drinking

anything, so this can be a good one to start with. Here is more information about


Ease of following this protocol is one of the main benefits. You aren’t having to go 24

hours between meals, which can be very hard for some people. This is what is involved

in the Warrior Diet or the Eat-Stop-Eat method of intermittent fasting. With the

LeanGains, or 16/8, you are only going 16 hours without eating. Keep in mind a lot of

this is while you are sleeping, so there are just a few hours in the morning and a few

hours in the evening where you are not eating while awake.

You can also reduce your hunger as your body becomes accustomed to the protocol,

and burn all the stubborn fat your body has been holding onto. Don’t forget the

convenience of only eating 8 hours out of the day, instead of trying to plan and schedule

meals every few hours.

2. 5:2 Diet (Fasting Mimicking Diet)

Normal eating for 5 days a week, with 2 non-consecutive fasting days where you consume 500-600 calories. This is the softer version of Eat-Stop-Eat / 24 hour fasting. You can pick Monday and Thursday as low caloric days, and stick to regular diet for the rest of the five days. 500-600 calories can spread out throught the day or eat just once.

It depends on your goal. If if like to accelerate the autophagy, substinate from protein sources. Or, if you like to improve your muscles glycogen storage, cut all carbs on these 2 days.

3. Warrior Diet:

A 24-hour fasting period followed by one large meal daily. One of the intermittent fasting protocols you may have heard about is called the Warrior protocol, sometimes Warrior Diet. This is when you go a little longer during your fasting periods, and eat just one big meal during the eating period. Here is a look at the Warrior protocol to decide if you want to try this method.

This is one of the strictest intermittent fasting protocols because you go nearly 24 hours

each time you fast. The basis of this plan is that you eat just once a day, after fasting for

nearly 24 hours. That meal should be rather large and sustain you for the next 24 hours.

It can be almost anything you want to eat, though of course you shouldn’t be eating

3,000 calories of donuts and soda. There are some basic food rules. The Warrior

protocol comes from the fact that humans used to have to catch and cook food all day,

where they would only eat once at night, so people on Paleo will often follow this


4. Eat-Stop-Eat/24-Hour:

Similar to 5:2, but with one full fasting day per week without calorie intake, except for water, coffee, or tea. Instead of doing fasting daily like with the LeanGains 16-8 protocol, you will instead fast for 24 hours 1-2 days a week, and eat mostly what you want the rest of the week. Here is more information about following this intermittent fasting protocol.

Here is how the Eat-Stop-Eat diet protocol works: you eat how you normally would for

the majority of the week, fasting for 24 hours at a time, 1-2 days a week. Some people

will fast just one full day a week, while others will fast twice a week, with a few days in

between. You can also transition into it slowly, starting with one day, then increasing it

to two when you feel comfortable with that.

Starting Intermittent Fasting: Tips and Strategies

  1. Begin by assessment of your current diet pattern, mental state, emotional readiness, sleep quality, and your goals to gain from intermittent fasting.

  2. Begin by choosing a suitable protocol and plan your meals and fasting periods. Recommend skipping breakfast test drive. Check how you react to hunger and discomfort?

  3. Start with less intense protocols like 12:12 or 16:8 before progressing to 24-hour fasts. We need supports from family members, coworkers, and friends who can provide positive environment during your intermittent fasting.

  4. Pay attention to your body's responses and adjust if adverse effects occur. Just stop if it is too much for you. Rebuild your intermittent fasting strategies again.

Diving Deeper into the Eat-Stop-Eat Diet

The Eat-Stop-Eat protocol involves 1-2 days of 24-hour fasting each week, with normal eating on other days. Start with one fasting day per week and consider increasing to two as you become more comfortable.

Scheduling Your Fasts

Flexibility is key with intermittent fasting. Start your fasting period at any time that suits your schedule, aiming for a 24-hour fast. Many find beginning midday effective as it splits the fasting period over two days, with a portion occurring during sleep.

Breaking Your Fast Wisely

Breaking your fast should be gradual. Avoid overeating immediately after fasting; instead, opt for a normal-sized, familiar meal.

Intermittent Fasting vs. Starvation: Understanding the Difference

What is Fasting? Fasting in IF is about setting specific times for eating and fasting, not about depriving your body of essential nutrients.

Fasting vs. Starvation: Starvation involves a lack of essential nutrients and often comes from a place of deprivation, whereas IF is about controlled, mindful eating and ensuring adequate nutrition during eating periods.

Side Effects of Starvation: Starvation can lead to malnutrition symptoms like lightheadedness, abdominal pain, and constipation, which are not typically seen with properly conducted intermittent fasting.

Executing IF Correctly

Ensure that your eating periods are filled with nutritious, whole foods, focusing on lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds.

Intermittent Fasting FAQs

Can children practice IF? Generally, it's not recommended for children or teenagers unless advised by a doctor.

Are there side effects? Some individuals may experience initial side effects like lightheadedness or shaking. Women should be cautious of potential hormonal changes.

Does IF cause starvation mode? Intermittent fasting doesn't lead to starvation mode when practiced correctly, as eating periods provide sufficient calories and nutrients.

Can I combine IF with other diets? It's possible, but it's advisable to adapt to one dietary change at a time to avoid overwhelming your body.


Intermittent fasting offers a unique approach to eating that focuses on timing rather than food restrictions. It promotes a healthier relationship with food and can lead to various health benefits. As with any dietary change, it's essential to listen to your body and adjust as needed to ensure a safe and effective experience.

Ready to unlock the potential of intermittent fasting tailored just for you? Dive into a personalized IF journey that aligns with your lifestyle, health goals, and nutritional needs. I'm here to craft an individualized intermittent fasting program that's uniquely yours, ensuring a seamless fit into your daily routine. Say goodbye to generic plans and hello to a custom approach designed for your success. Let's embark on this transformative path together. Reach out now to start your bespoke intermittent fasting journey! 🌟🍽️

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Health Coach Meg

health coach Meg Banner

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