IF (intermittent Fasting) as people refer to it today is a misinterpretation. Skipping breakfast is not IF. It is time resticted feeding and doing it at the least optimal time. Eating within a smaller window is proven to have benefits but those benefits are better ustilized when you eat according to the natural circadian clock that we have been eveolved to follow. Light and dark cycles. Our insulin sensitivity is highest in the morning. We better absorb nutrients and see a dramatic increase in the ability to metabolize food if we at this time. As the day grows on we become more and more insulin resistant and prone to store fat rather than use it. This makes evolutionary sense as we would have spent long dark hours in caves waiting for light to come so we could go hunt again. Our lean ancestors would have needed to store extra fat daily for the long nightly fast. They would not have had much stored body fat on a regular basis as we do today.
Actual IF is fasting for a complete day or number of days then eating for a number of days. Intermittent fasting. If you just skip a meal that is not anything other than the normal everyday fast that people do anyway.
I believe in time resticted feeding done at the right time. I also believe IF can be used as a tool for healing certain things like insulin resitance but it has a dangerous side that people do not know about. If you don’t understand it and don’t fuel for it approapriately you can land in the hospital. I have several case studies showing this. It is often mistaken for ketoacidosis but is actually metabolic acidosis due to dehydration and electrolyte depletion. There are ketones present in low levels so they incorrectly call it ketoacidosis. Fasting is also not sustainable for weight loss unless you keep upping the length and frequency of the fasts and that, like caloric restriction is not going to work long term. This will all come to light in the next few years when all these long term fasters start gaining all their weight back. This is the experience I have had in myself when fasting extensively for a full year and it is the experience I have seen in my clients.
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