Intermittent Fasting- Magic or Hype?

Intermittent Fasting is the PERFECT example of:

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

What does that mean?

Letโ€™s use an example thatโ€™ll help with understanding this.

Imagine you live in Detroit.

Itโ€™s April. Itโ€™s Summertime. Itโ€™s Getting Hot Outside.

In April, Ice Cream ๐Ÿฆ sales increase in Detroit. Makes sense.

In April, Murders increase in Detroit.

๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž! ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ!

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 thatโ€™s exactly whatโ€™s happening with the whole Intermittent Fasting Movement.

Nothing Magical Here

Itโ€™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 โ€œyou are not allowed toโ€ unless itโ€™s during your eating window.

So many things going on here!

I am not opposed to Intermittent Fasting at all! I personally donโ€™t usually eat till 11am or so.

But that doesnโ€™t mean I am going to not put almond milk in my coffee because it might โ€œbreak my fast.โ€ And if I want to eat breakfast some days, I will.

โ„๐•–๐•ฃ๐•–โ€™๐•ค ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•œ๐•–๐•ช ๐•ฅ๐•’๐•œ๐•–๐•’๐•จ๐•’๐•ช.

Intermittent Fasting is Time Restricted Eating.

Itโ€™s not magical.

Itโ€™s a strategy thatโ€™ll help you fit your nutrition around your lifestyle.

It doesnโ€™t magically boost your metabolism.

ย It gives you an easy framework to help you hit your macros/calories more consistently around your lifestyle.