Intermittent Fasting is the PERFECT example of:
𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
What does that mean?
Let’s use an example that’ll help with understanding this.
Imagine you live in Detroit.
It’s April. It’s Summertime. It’s Getting Hot Outside.
In April, Ice Cream 🍦 sales increase in Detroit. Makes sense.
In April, Murders increase in Detroit.
𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞! 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭!
Because Ice Cream Sales increase in April as well as Murders
The claim can be made
Increased Ice Cream Sales lead to increase Murders!
Any of us can see how this claim is absolutely absurd!
And this is what sucks about the Nutrition industry.
Most people go into reading studies to try and support there claim.
And because of this, you can literally contort any study to support your claim.
And that’s exactly what’s happening with the whole Intermittent Fasting Movement.
Nothing Magical Here
It’s correlation not causation.
Because you are fasting most of the day, you are going to as a result eat less calories.
You are a smaller eating window to eat your calories.
Eating 2000 calories in a window of 4-8 hours feels like a lot more foods than if you ate it over a 16 hour span.
Think of two 1000 calorie meals vs five 400 calorie meals.
Which one is going to make you feel like you are eating a lot?
Also, because you only have a smaller window to eat, you have a lot less risk of snacking throughout the day because “you are not allowed to” unless it’s during your eating window.
So many things going on here!
I am not opposed to Intermittent Fasting at all! I personally don’t usually eat till 11am or so.
But that doesn’t mean I am going to not put almond milk in my coffee because it might “break my fast.” And if I want to eat breakfast some days, I will.
ℍ𝕖𝕣𝕖’𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕜𝕖𝕪 𝕥𝕒𝕜𝕖𝕒𝕨𝕒𝕪.
Intermittent Fasting is Time Restricted Eating.
It’s not magical.
It’s a strategy that’ll help you fit your nutrition around your lifestyle.
It doesn’t magically boost your metabolism.
It gives you an easy framework to help you hit your macros/calories more consistently around your lifestyle.