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.
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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:
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.
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 :)
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". ;)