MYST 174: You Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting (IF)
Spoiler: I am not against the practice, but it still comes down to CICO.

Eat 100 calories an hour for 16 hours, or 200 calories an hour for 4 hours, or 800 calories an hour for 2 hours, and you will lose the same amount of weight. However, each individual person may find greater satisfaction–and more importantly, satiety–in one of those patterns when compared to the others. And for that person, one eating pattern is better than the others.

But it’s still CICO.

Long-term fasting? Unless it is religious-based, or medically required and monitored, I can’t support it.

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How does IF help?

It sets a rigid rule for the person to follow. When a person has many options (How often should I eat? What should I eat? How many calories? How much exercise? What form of exercise?) sometimes the default is to choose “none of the above” and that leads to weight loss failure.

Defining the time to eat as only between 10 am and 6 pm, that one decision helps create focus and eliminates many other options.


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