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Is eating daily necessary/optimal?

Answered on September 16, 2014
Created February 04, 2013 at 4:02 AM

This is a question that has been on my mind. Right now, I do a 20/4 fast every day. Would the benefits of fasting increase if I did a 40/8 fast all the time? Would that not promote more hgh in my body or is there a point where negatives creep in? What would be the positives and negatives of this eating habit?

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Tom

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on February 04, 2013
at 10:31 AM

The hormetic benefits of fasting level off at 16-24 hours. Less is more where fasting is concerned.

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on February 04, 2013
at 09:52 AM

To supply you with nutrients.

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on February 04, 2013
at 04:14 AM

Don't think it's maintainable unless you have a lot of excess weight to loss.

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on February 04, 2013
at 04:13 AM

Everything I read points to a 16/8 as optimal (for a non power athlete) and diminishing returns outside that.

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on February 04, 2013
at 04:20 AM

Yes, eating daily is necessary. I do not know ANY human culture (including hunter gatherers) that would fast for so long. Even during famine.

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on February 04, 2013
at 09:52 AM

To supply you with nutrients.

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on September 16, 2014
at 08:43 PM

I think the only downside to an extended fast is how it will impact your ability to function at work, school, or whatever other societal obligations you have. For me, any more than 24 hours really impacts my ability to focus at work, so I don't do it. On the other hand, I once did a religious fast for 11 days with no negative impact on my health - the only reason I was able to was because I didn't have a job at the time XD
Since there's no a lot of research on the subject, you just have to do your own. Experiment and find out what works for you.

 

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on February 04, 2013
at 04:51 AM

Depends on your goals. If you're talking about creating a full day's worth of a caloric deficit I guess it could be beneficial over the course of a week if you wanted to burn fat and enjoy the benefits of a fast for that long. And no there's no downside to 20-40 hours of fasting if you respond well to it as you seem to. I think AFTER the 18-24 hour mark you see some diminishing return on the benefits but they're definitely still there. You don't really run into trouble until you start pushing 70+ hours in terms of your metabolism or energy.

Edit: I should add that the reason I say 40 hours is fine is because I've done it and enjoyed it. I routinely eat in an 8 hour window and on days when I went to a party or ate at a family dinner and whenever over my calories (significantly) I would follow up with a 40+ hour fast. Starts at 8PM and runs all the way to 12PM of the third day. Worked great and kept me in the caloric defict I wanted to maintain.

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