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Intermittent Fasting Study

Commented on November 29, 2013
Created November 19, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Skipping Meals May Shed Lbs., Boost Brain

The majority of the participants were women (20).

I've noticed that every time I've mentioned IF as a good way to boost weight loss or break through a plateau someone has to mention that IF is not appropriate for women. I've never bought into that and in spite of the citation and link to a website that shows some stories of it not working for some, it does in fact work for others. I'm pretty sure it isn't going to work for every man as some can't handle the absence of food for so long.

Either way, I know that it works well for this guy (me) and obviously some women as well. What do you all think?

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on November 29, 2013
at 07:57 AM

@samc Perhaps, in "paleo times", some females became quite adept at making sure IF was not part of their life because they didn't function well w/o a steady supply of food? Thus, females, not suited to IF might be over represented in the human gene pool?

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on November 22, 2013
at 05:54 AM

Yes that was the posting I read.

From the article I referenced at the end: In an earlier paper, Mattson wrote that intermittent fasting is consistent with the way humans evolved to eat. "From an evolutionary perspective, intermittent fasting is normal, and eating 3 meals a day plus snacks is abnormal. Going without food for most of the day or even for several days is a challenge that we are very capable of meeting," he stated.

Don't see how the females were exempt from the random meal plan of we eat when we have food.

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on November 22, 2013
at 05:19 AM

IF works for me. Samc is this the "website posting" to which you refer?

http://www.paleoforwomen.com/shattering-the-myth-of-fasting-for-women-a-review-of-female-specific-responses-to-fasting-in-the-literature/

Perhaps Skipping Meals May Shed Lbs., Boost Brain indicates that IF is good for women because the subjects of this study (20) were obese?

I'm inclined to believe that men are better suited to IF than women, especially if the woman are already fit or close to their "ideal" weight.

Found another site

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/753432-intermittent-fasting-for-women

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on November 22, 2013
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Yes that was the posting I read.

From the article I referenced at the end: In an earlier paper, Mattson wrote that intermittent fasting is consistent with the way humans evolved to eat. "From an evolutionary perspective, intermittent fasting is normal, and eating 3 meals a day plus snacks is abnormal. Going without food for most of the day or even for several days is a challenge that we are very capable of meeting," he stated.

Don't see how the females were exempt from the random meal plan of we eat when we have food.

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on November 19, 2013
at 04:10 PM

Females are "designed" to be nutrient replete most of the time. When a woman restricts calories the body shuts down reproduction as a survival method which is much harsher on women than it is to, say, down-regulate LH in men.

It may work well for some women but IF will work better for men in most cases.

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