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Intermittent Fasting or Several Small Meals or...???

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2012 at 2:47 AM

I've been reading a bunch of conflicting information on Intermittent Fasting - paleoforwomen.com says that it might not be so great for women... Others say it's amazing. Am I over-thinking this? Mostly I try to live instinctually, meaning, if I'm not hungry, I don't eat. If I'm hungry, I eat. Most of the time, this ends up looking like IF with 2 small meals. I don't see a point in eating for the sake of it, especially when it seems to me that the 'several meals a day' theory is based on the idea of trying to keep insulin levels steady, which the paleo already does for me... Basically, I guess I'm just wanting to know, if I'm not hungry, I shouldn't eat, right? (I should note that to date, as of starting regular exercise, eating paleo as of February of this year and eating pretty much the way I stated above, I've lost 40 pounds.)

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on September 02, 2012
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Haha igel.. I would have been the same too. Once you adapt to paleo and fat, though, I found the chocolate bars actually make me feel crap afterwards... just my body having its say again.

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on September 01, 2012
at 05:49 AM

"Paleo is all about listening to your body"----- ----- if i'd listened to my body, i'd subsisted on chocolate bars and cookies ----- should i 'listen' to my body?

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on August 31, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Thanks for your answer. Eating instinctively makes the most sense to me, but it is easy to get overwhelmed by statistics and data sometimes.

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Thanks for your comment. My meals are on the larger side typically, but it's easy to get into a rut and forget to diversify. Thank you for the reminder! :)

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at 05:44 AM

+1 I second this answer.

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Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 31, 2012
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Paleo is all about listening to your body and doing what comes naturally, if that ends up looking like IF, then go with it. If you're not hungry but find yourself hungry at times, follow that pattern. If you're never hungry, or you have medical conditions, a history with eating disorders, etc - you may have to rethink that strategy.

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on August 31, 2012
at 05:44 AM

+1 I second this answer.

5db74e51c32206b40ee62f49acd0df70

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on August 31, 2012
at 03:40 PM

Thanks for your answer. Eating instinctively makes the most sense to me, but it is easy to get overwhelmed by statistics and data sometimes.

A7925ab8ea44e6d4d5d7c6f202632c6c

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on September 01, 2012
at 05:49 AM

"Paleo is all about listening to your body"----- ----- if i'd listened to my body, i'd subsisted on chocolate bars and cookies ----- should i 'listen' to my body?

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Haha igel.. I would have been the same too. Once you adapt to paleo and fat, though, I found the chocolate bars actually make me feel crap afterwards... just my body having its say again.

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on August 31, 2012
at 11:31 AM

I think the article is suggesting that the purposeful IF that Mark Sisson talks about is not necessarily safe for women. However the jury is a still out on that. eating by hunger is a proper solution for almost everyone, so I wouldn't worry too much. If you are only consuming 2 small meals, make sure you are getting good diversity so you cover all of your nutritional needs!

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on August 31, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Thanks for your comment. My meals are on the larger side typically, but it's easy to get into a rut and forget to diversify. Thank you for the reminder! :)

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on November 27, 2012
at 08:39 PM

Video on the benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Video on why meal frequency has absolutely nothing to do with weight-loss in relation to IF

Best Regards,

Dean Bocari

Host & Nutrition Consultant on The WWD Show

www.deansdailydose.com

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on August 31, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I think you should go with your gut. As others have suggested, this is more about going with your body and eating intuitively. The more you second guess and overthink it, the more you miss out on your body's signals. When you get that urge to second guess and analyze things, just take a deep breath, block the urge and replace it with the thoughts of "what is my body telling me?". If it's hungry, eat. If it's thirst, drink something. But, pay attention to those signals.

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