this might have been answered before but if a person is dealing with leaky gut should they even attempt IF? or does the direction go like this:
1) completely heal leaky gut no matter how long it takes
2) implement functional resistance training exercise only after step 1 is complete and only to the intensity where the body can recover adequately from the stress of exercise
3) implement IF only after step 2 is a normal part of life (x months?)
please help me clarify, thanks!
asked bydsohei (1791)
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on January 08, 2012
at 10:51 AM
I don't think there's any particular reason to structure it that way, or indeed to structure it at all. Depending on prior experience, fasting may increase overall stress (although eating freely every day isn't much of a fast) so you want to be mindful of that and not force yourself if it's not working nor be disillusioned. But fasting is part of the body's healing process, and 'attempting' 16 hours without food should not be an ordeal - indeed for many on a suitable diet it's trivial physiologically. If you worry about it it will cause more trouble than actually doing it.
on January 09, 2012
at 08:20 PM
I think you can structure it or not...mine is random for the most part. In my opinion, it should be implemented after you are fat burning adapted instead of a blood sugar burner. Otherwise...you will be miserable.
on January 09, 2012
at 05:34 PM
My reaction is similar to AndyM's. I don't think it always works well if you try to "schedule" when you'll start IF. The best approach is to let it develop naturally by eating only when you are physically hungry.
Breaking your fast with a large meal high in protein and fat should avoid physical hunger for a period of hours (it may or may not eliminate cravings and emotional eating.)
As your body gets better at releasing and burning stored fat, you'll be less hungry when you get up and breaking your fast may naturally drift to a later hour. That's the beginning of IF. If, over time, your first urge to eat first shows up at mid-day or in the afternoon that's full-fledged IF.
I think the timeline will/should be different from person to person. If you're working to heal a leaky gut, I'm not sure how that will impact your ability to release and burn stored fat. If it interferes with releasing/burning fat then you need several meals per day to keep the healing process going and IF wouldn't be helpful.
Resistance training should be good for you at almost any step of your healing process and as long as you don't over-do or have problems from it I'd start that whenever you wish.