There are many myths of intermittent fasting out in the mainstream and I wanted to debunk them today.
I have been intermittent fasting for the past few years and it has really helped me become…
- more alert,
- lose body fat,
- improve digestion,
- more in-tune with my body and what true hunger is
- more productive and save time in the morning 🙂
Hence the reason I wrote the Simple Intermittent Fasting Journal 🙂
Some myths of Intermittent Fasting:
- Fasting will slow down my metabolism
- Many people think they have to eat frequently to speed up their metabolism. If, after a single day or two of fasting, metabolism decreased, then we would have less energy to hunt or gather food. (back in the paleo times) The human species would not have survived. In fact, no species of animals or humans have evolved to require three meals a day, everyday. Metabolism goes UP, not down during fasting. 1
- Fasting will deprive you of nutrients
- Most people have more than ample quantities of nutrients. The whole point of fasting is to get rid of some of these nutrients – also known as fat 🙂 If you are concerned take a drinkable vitamin called Isotonix !
- Fasting will burn my muscle away
- Our body fat is used for food when no food is available. Fat is stored energy and muscle is functional tissue. Fat is burned first. The body preserves muscle mass until the body fat becomes so low (approx. 4%) that it has no choice. This is not something most people need to worry about 🙂
- Fasting will cause energy loss
- Fasting can provide a natural boost in adrenaline. When your adrenal glands release adrenaline and nor-adrenaline, you feel awake, alert, and ready for action. I find this true and working out in a fasted state has been great!
I hope this helps clarify some myths/questions regarding fasting.
The bottom line is Fasting is one of the most ancient and widespread healing traditions in the world.
If you have any question let me know or check out the Simple Intermittent Fasting Journal to learn more…
Have a great day!
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1 Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 Jun;71(6):1511-5.