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Is Paleo + Intermittent Fasting the Ultimate Diet for Guys?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 13, 2010 at 4:38 PM

http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/12/09/paleo-intermittent-fasting-ultimate-diet-guys/

This article argues that "Women are generally better at counting calories and men are more effective at restricting food groups."

I don't know if I agree. But I've found that I feel great on IF + Paleo. It's also opened up my morning to make me much more productive. I would also add that if you throw some meat, celery, onion, & sweet potato in a slow cooker every morning, this becomes the most cost/time/health effective way to eat I have ever tried. And I've tried a lot, but will keep experimenting.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Do you still log your food? I probably should try that myself.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 15, 2010
at 02:35 PM

Hee! Thanks for noticing David! :)

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 02:17 PM

BTW, congrats on your "Enthusiast" badge! :)

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 02:16 PM

Right on! Don't change a winning game, as my dad says. I will probably start with a qualitative log once my progress slows. If that is not specific enough, maybe record food quality and quantity.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on December 15, 2010
at 02:13 AM

Good information, thank you

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 15, 2010
at 02:11 AM

Yes! I use Livestrong, previously Fitday. I debated trying to go unweighed/unmeasured, but honestly, for me, I understand my past food issues enough to know that I have to have some boundries or I take advantage. It's all a mental game, but I've been winning it for over 6 years now, so I don't plan on changing the game plan.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 01:06 AM

Good point, Kaz! Thanks for the links.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 01:06 AM

Good point, Kaz!

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 14, 2010
at 04:06 PM

Eva, do you IF too?

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 13, 2010
at 07:20 PM

Nice perspective on the "overall" approach. I agree that eating and cooking paleo seems to bring one closer to the good life.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on December 13, 2010
at 06:26 PM

Hell yes. The time saving in thinking about food and preparing food is perhaps the greatest thing about this way of life. Not to sound too Spartan but I primarily view food as fuel now, and easily choose what is best for me. This does NOT preclude deliciousness keep in mind.

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on December 13, 2010
at 05:59 PM

I absolutely agree

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on December 13, 2010
at 04:45 PM

I sure think so, welcome aboard.

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9dd74d3941535d0aaa2c8d3cf454fb7e

on December 15, 2010
at 12:01 AM

In answer to whether intermittent fasting is a good idea for males, it would appear that the answer is maybe.

Ramadan fasting (no food or drink from sunrise to sunset) has been shown to increase serum testosterone levels ~ 20% in at least some groups of men:

http://www.nel.edu/pdf_/25_12/NEL251204A08_El-Migdadi_.pdf

Note that studies of fasting for longer periods of time (> 24 hrs) generally result in a reduction in testosterone.

It also appears that this type of fasting increases male fertility, potentially via increases in FSH levels: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/01485018608986937

Unfortunately, women's testosterone, LH and FSH levels do not seem to respond to Ramadan at least in mid cycle: http://www.ijfs.ir/library/upload/article/Shahabi.pdf

Obviously, increased testosterone is not necessarily a marker for increased overall health, but it was the only thing I was aware of that might make IF more beneficial for males vs females.

kaz

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 01:06 AM

Good point, Kaz! Thanks for the links.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 01:06 AM

Good point, Kaz!

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on December 15, 2010
at 02:13 AM

Good information, thank you

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on December 13, 2010
at 04:53 PM

all i know is that i'm at the best body comp that i've ever been at in my life and it's felt effortless and i feel great. i've lost weight losing low carb before but it felt too restrictive. on this plan, it seems more like i have parameters than restrictions. i don't do grains, i don't do sugar, i don't do veggie oil, i eat as organic and whole food as possible; outside of that, you see what your body can deal with for the most part. i'm becoming a very good cook and an overall better person to be around because of this- and im looking better and better naked :)

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 13, 2010
at 07:20 PM

Nice perspective on the "overall" approach. I agree that eating and cooking paleo seems to bring one closer to the good life.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 14, 2010
at 01:39 PM

I think Paleo is a fantastic way of eating. As far as "diets" go, whether it is appropriate for someone depends on what their issues are. If I had tried this 6 years ago, it would not have worked for me. I had to go through the calorie restriction and food logging phases to get a handle on my binge eating. The unweighed/unmeasured Paleo would have been a nightmare for me. The ability to conjure up excuses to eat too much dark chocolate, honey and nuts alone in a binge would have not have helped my situation.

Though, I am not a "guy". ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 15, 2010
at 02:35 PM

Hee! Thanks for noticing David! :)

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Do you still log your food? I probably should try that myself.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 15, 2010
at 02:11 AM

Yes! I use Livestrong, previously Fitday. I debated trying to go unweighed/unmeasured, but honestly, for me, I understand my past food issues enough to know that I have to have some boundries or I take advantage. It's all a mental game, but I've been winning it for over 6 years now, so I don't plan on changing the game plan.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 02:17 PM

BTW, congrats on your "Enthusiast" badge! :)

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 15, 2010
at 02:16 PM

Right on! Don't change a winning game, as my dad says. I will probably start with a qualitative log once my progress slows. If that is not specific enough, maybe record food quality and quantity.

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on December 14, 2010
at 04:41 AM

I think it's the ultimate diet for guys AND gals and my mother agrees. We've both tried restricting calories and we both agree that it sucks. However, before paleo, neither of us knew there could be an easier way.

9f2b5def0bc7fd8ad615637d1ffeb9ec

on December 14, 2010
at 04:06 PM

Eva, do you IF too?

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