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When intermittent fasting isn't for you

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 3:47 AM

I was hoping to get people's opinions, specifically people who have negative experiences with IF --in detail-- and how they resolved it. I personally have been having trouble with the whole paleo framework (difficulties with satiety, frequent binges, anxiety..etc) and have played around with every nutritional element, always holding IF to be a fixed constant. Now that I have considered everything else I think maybe fasting is the element causing my problems and just wanted some support/second opinions. Thanks again!

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on September 19, 2012
at 02:02 PM

You ask for input, then complain about the "adrenal fatigue" and "not fat adapted" information you receive? It is VALUABLE information that you need to consider.

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on September 19, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Link to asd's? I IF pretty much every day, hasn't caused me any problems even though I'm autistic and female.

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on September 19, 2012
at 04:16 AM

Would also be greatly appreciated if I didn't get the bland 'adrenal fatigue', 'not fat adapted' crap that plagues PH. Thanks!

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on September 19, 2012
at 10:55 AM

I have suffered from an eating disorder so there is absolutely no way I would include fasting in my lifestyle. I believe it leads to binging(at least for me) and could be dangerous for anyone with disordered eating.I think it would be to easy to say to myself I was fasting for health when deep down I could see myself using it because of stress or to gain control.

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on September 19, 2012
at 03:51 AM

If you are fat adapted, the fasting shouldn't be an issue. What fast protocol were are you using? Leangains? EatStopEat? Etc?

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I was IFing (love that term) for most of last year, and with pretty good results. I went through a very stressful and anxiety-inducing event in the Spring and noticed fasting made it MUCH worse. I don't believe IFing induces anxiety or stress in me, but I feel it certainly amplifies it. The boost in energy and alertness I normally feel while fasted in the AM becomes nervousness and jitters if I'm already anxious.

Like others above, I see it as a great tool that works well if all else is in order. Otherwise, work on establishing a healthier baseline before throwing IF in the mix.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:12 AM

Personally I'd get the basics right first before you try IF. Some things that immediately come to mind are:

  • Have you any underlying medical condition/are you on any medication?
  • Are you getting enough sleep/recovery?
  • Are you eating a nutritionally complete (paleo compliant) diet?
  • Are you eating enough on a training day?
  • Are you getting appropriate vigorous exercise (Big 3/5)?
  • How are your stress levels?

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:14 AM

I have been IFing for probably around 4 months now and came to the exact same conclusion as you. I think I would've been losing weight still had I not incorporated the IFing in the first place actually. The IFing has caused binging for me. I'm back now to eating breakfast, and have no desire to overeat at dinner (probably physiological since I know I can eat come the morning), and expect to be freed from the binging monster again. Seriously IFing isn't for everyone. I kept going with it thinking results would eventually kick in, but I think I do MUCH better for weight loss/mental stability on 2 meals a day. i think IF has just been stressing me out and sending up my cortisol levels. Back to breakfast and early dinner and as a result, no binging.

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on May 22, 2013
at 03:44 AM

I tried IF'ing to try and break through a weight loss plateau, but had no success. I visited a paleo nutritionist and she said that IF'ing, especially for women, can be extremely stressful on the body and she doesn't recommend it unless you're already in peak physical condition. That was enough for me to cut it out.

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on September 19, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I've been *IF*ing twice a week for 8 months now, without any noticeable results, until the last two weeks, on which I've lost about 10 pounds and the only thing I did differently is stop drinking alcohol during the week. Two things have happened, I sleep better at night and i'm less hungry during the day.

So my message to you is, if you want IF to work, focus on getting enough sleep, at least 7 hours per night.

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on September 19, 2012
at 04:10 AM

IF is not a good idea unless you are already healthy. If you have any level of adrenal fatigue, IF will be detrimental instead of helpful. Also, if you are hypoglycemic, it's not a good idea either.

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on May 22, 2013
at 03:19 AM

I've tried to IF twice and both times it left me feeling ill. I have a history of insulin resistance so going without food doesn't work for me.

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on May 22, 2013
at 12:02 AM

I have been IFing for at least 2 months now. I fast from 8 or 9pm for 14hours. I've always had a clean diet, I don't drink sodas or alcohol (on the odd occasion) I'm fit, I go to the gym regularly. I can't seem to strip stubborn fat. Any suggestions, what can I do to make this work for me. I enjoy IFing it frees up my mornings, and I can do more pre cooks for my week.

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on September 19, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Intermittent fasting isn't for nutrient deficient people or very underweight individuals or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Everyone else can probably benefit from IF.

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on September 19, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Link to asd's? I IF pretty much every day, hasn't caused me any problems even though I'm autistic and female.

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