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Teens and fasting?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

I was wondering if it was safe for teens to fast? I mean especially on days where I can't workout and I'm just sitting/standing all day? Is there really a need to eat when you're not being active? Today I haven't been able to do much and I've had 350 cals today so far, 2.5 oz cod, 2.5 oz chicken, 2 tbsp guacamole, salsa, and 2 cups broccoli slaw. I'm just not hungry and was considering not eating dinner.

But also I had a binge day Tuesday, ever since then I haven't been hungry. I only got to workout 2 days this week plus 1 hour zumba which in my opinion is worthless.

I've been lurking around and it seems a lot of people seem to eat very low calorie? How much food is really necessary for the body? I feel like everything I've been taught is false (at least 1200 cals a day, etc)

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:42 PM

You're an orphan living on the street in Somalia? You can't talk to your parents, the free clinic, etc?

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:34 PM

My goals are to just feel and look good. I love weight lifting and the feeling I get AFTER cardio lol! But I mean it seems like it's not enough working out when Im on my butt the rest of the day? I go to a school where the people workout 3-5 hours a day, a sport school. I played basketball but I cant because of a bulged disc injury last year, so I just feel like it's not enough considering how much they workout

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:31 PM

I cant get outside help though Im on my own lol! I have realized I am sick of being sick, I want to be healthy. I just dont know how!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 17, 2013
at 04:59 AM

And you're under-weight? Not going to sugar coat it, there's some dysfunctional relationship with food... seek real help.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:30 AM

your spot to do anything but gain, and get some professional advice. It's tricky enough giving advice to a developing teen, and tricky giving advice to someone with a bad relationship with food. When you put the two together, it's quite alarming. Please be careful! This is an important time in your life!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:28 AM

At 5'7" and 107... I would say as much healthy food as you can get down the hatch! That is quite thin! You should not be worried about gaining... you should be worried about NOT gaining! Ladies need fat for proper hormonal balance, especially while developing! I understand that may not be what you want to hear, but a body fat percentage that's too low during your teen years could set you up for long-term hormonal problems. BMI isn't everything, but it has it's place, and at your height and weight you are considered quite underweight. I wouldn't feel comfortable advising anyone in...

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:21 AM

weekends im usually sedentary/walk a little during the day i am pretty much stuck being sedentary until the gym

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 02:20 AM

typically i workout 5 days a week, 20-30 mins hiit/interval cardio followed by 45-1.5 hours weight lifting (squats, bench press, lunges, deadlifts, etc)

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 17, 2013
at 02:06 AM

/headdesk Sorry, I wasn't thinking. 15, female, 5'7" 107 last weight in (probably gained more from my two binge/indulgent days monday and tuesday)

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 17, 2013
at 12:25 AM

how much though?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 17, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Great suggestion on the liquids, fredmull! I have that problem myself sometimes (I just don't wanna eat!) and making myself eat solids will make me nauseous. Liquids, however, are a way to get calories down the hatch without feeling bad.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:52 PM

If you are "never hungry" then yes, you should eat anyway, otherwise you would never eat. And yes, you don't need to workout in order to justify food. I don't want to sound judgmental, Zombers, because I'm sure as a teen you get enough judgment- but these comments are concerning. There are a lot of teens out there now who have very bad relationships with food, and some of them end up here. Paleo/Primal is not an excuse to continue a bad relationship with food! It should help you build a good relationship with good food. That means eating it!

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:48 PM

So I wont gain on non-workout days? SHould I eat less on non-workout days?

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Also, I am never hungry. Should I eat regardless?

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:42 PM

What about non-workout days?

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on February 16, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Is there really a need to eat when you're not being active?

Yes. Especially being a teenager, eat sufficient calories. I don't know your stats but 1500-1800 at least. From experience, don't bother about the calories. Eat healthy , workout(strength train), the weight will automatically come off. Once in a while(once a month), you can fast but don't let it be a regular thing. You are growing now, it is important to supply your body with food.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 16, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Also, I am never hungry. Should I eat regardless?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 17, 2013
at 02:30 AM

your spot to do anything but gain, and get some professional advice. It's tricky enough giving advice to a developing teen, and tricky giving advice to someone with a bad relationship with food. When you put the two together, it's quite alarming. Please be careful! This is an important time in your life!

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 12:25 AM

how much though?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 16, 2013
at 11:52 PM

If you are "never hungry" then yes, you should eat anyway, otherwise you would never eat. And yes, you don't need to workout in order to justify food. I don't want to sound judgmental, Zombers, because I'm sure as a teen you get enough judgment- but these comments are concerning. There are a lot of teens out there now who have very bad relationships with food, and some of them end up here. Paleo/Primal is not an excuse to continue a bad relationship with food! It should help you build a good relationship with good food. That means eating it!

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 16, 2013
at 11:42 PM

What about non-workout days?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 17, 2013
at 02:28 AM

At 5'7" and 107... I would say as much healthy food as you can get down the hatch! That is quite thin! You should not be worried about gaining... you should be worried about NOT gaining! Ladies need fat for proper hormonal balance, especially while developing! I understand that may not be what you want to hear, but a body fat percentage that's too low during your teen years could set you up for long-term hormonal problems. BMI isn't everything, but it has it's place, and at your height and weight you are considered quite underweight. I wouldn't feel comfortable advising anyone in...

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 16, 2013
at 11:13 PM

Do not use paleo to justify disordered eating. That 1200 calories per day figure that you're doubtful of? It's low, by 50% or more. Starvation isn't cool. Look up some BMR calculators, they are not so inaccurate! That's the level you should be eating, at least. Even if trying to lose weight.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 17, 2013
at 04:59 AM

And you're under-weight? Not going to sugar coat it, there's some dysfunctional relationship with food... seek real help.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 04:31 PM

I cant get outside help though Im on my own lol! I have realized I am sick of being sick, I want to be healthy. I just dont know how!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 17, 2013
at 04:42 PM

You're an orphan living on the street in Somalia? You can't talk to your parents, the free clinic, etc?

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4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Zombers, you gotta chill out. 1.5-2 hours five days a week is too much. You're gonn break yourself. What are your goals? Are you looking towards college athletics? You don't wanna mess up your body functions. Mid-week rest days, more calories, more sleep, forget weighing yourself(impossible right), and don't dwell on past "binges".

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 04:34 PM

My goals are to just feel and look good. I love weight lifting and the feeling I get AFTER cardio lol! But I mean it seems like it's not enough working out when Im on my butt the rest of the day? I go to a school where the people workout 3-5 hours a day, a sport school. I played basketball but I cant because of a bulged disc injury last year, so I just feel like it's not enough considering how much they workout

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:59 AM

You do need to eat! You are still growing and developing at 15 and you really really don't want to mess that up. If you find yourself 'bingeing' somedays then it most likely means you are probably not eating enough other days. Your body is telling you it needs more nutrients which can trigger a binge. It's a lot healthier to eat a consistent balanced diet.

107 and 5'7 is underweight... by a lot. I had to learn it the hard way but strong is so much more becoming then skinny. Maybe you should try eating more on work out days and cutting out some of the cardio. Please please don't worry about gaining wight. Maybe just focus on gaining muscle?

Ask questions if you have any! 15 can be a tough age. :)

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on February 17, 2013
at 01:48 AM

You haven't even given the board the most basic info such as (1) Sex. (2) Height and weight. (3) Age. (4) Your purpose in dieting and exercise.

E.g., are you a guy of normal weight who aims for that ripped physique? Or an obese teen 50 lbs overweight who may be better off addressing his/her issues earlier, rather than later?

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 02:21 AM

weekends im usually sedentary/walk a little during the day i am pretty much stuck being sedentary until the gym

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 02:06 AM

/headdesk Sorry, I wasn't thinking. 15, female, 5'7" 107 last weight in (probably gained more from my two binge/indulgent days monday and tuesday)

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 17, 2013
at 02:20 AM

typically i workout 5 days a week, 20-30 mins hiit/interval cardio followed by 45-1.5 hours weight lifting (squats, bench press, lunges, deadlifts, etc)

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 16, 2013
at 11:16 PM

A young lady had a similar question, which I answered here. http://paleohacks.com/questions/156793/should-i-worry-about-intermittenent-fasting/156799#156799

I don't know if you're male or female, but either way: the risks are not worth it while you're developing. The worst that can happen when you're a fully grown and hormonally stable adult are not the same worst-case scenarios that can occur when you're a growing, hormonally unstable teenager.

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on February 17, 2013
at 02:18 AM

Those in the growth phase should (obviously) follow a different Paleo template than those in maintenance phase (age 18 or maybe 25 and over.) Where's the teen template, btw?

Fasting/caloric restriction seems experimental & overly risky in the growth phase. Red wine is an example of a food appropriate to maintenance, but questionable during growth. (Surely inappropriate to infants, so the question is, what age to add this food?)

Anyway, it's a priority to fill up with nutrients and what calories your body wants, so long as you're not one of those teens naturally inclined to obesity (and I think most teens are not).

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4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:46 PM

Is it possible to get your calories from smoothie/nutritional shake? It's not optimal, but if you don't feel like eating it could be an alternative to get your requirements. If you eat dairy you could use Greek yogurt, berries, coconut milk, honey, etc. You can pack major calories in liquid form (why most soda/energy drink drinkers are overweight). Don't ignore the minimum for your age/size. Good luck.

370751438907115abacc67f4466b398d

(118)

on February 16, 2013
at 11:48 PM

So I wont gain on non-workout days? SHould I eat less on non-workout days?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on February 17, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Great suggestion on the liquids, fredmull! I have that problem myself sometimes (I just don't wanna eat!) and making myself eat solids will make me nauseous. Liquids, however, are a way to get calories down the hatch without feeling bad.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:13 PM

i've learned that most humans need at least 1000 calories a day for just basic body functions. this is just sitting all day. any extra would be for movement of some sort.

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