#5: Myths -Why Some Say Intermittent Fasting Doesn’t Work
There is a lot of talk going around in the health community about intermittent fasting and how it works.
Much of it comes from speculation, a lack of scientific research, and a recurrence of those tried-and-true sayings that we simply cannot get rid of as a society. We will start with one of the most popular ones:
You have to eat 6 small meals a day about every 2-3 hours. Honestly, we are not sure where the whole 6 meals a day saying comes from. It is just one of those saying that was started by someone at sometime and it just stuck.
After all is said and done… you can eat 6, 3, 9, 5, however many meals a day you want. It is not going to spark any kind of metabolic fire in you. It is not going to make your body burn through fat like crazy. You just cannot use meal frequency to manipulate your body use more or less energy or burn more or less fat.
Intermittent fasting will make you lose muscle. So far we have only talked about intermittent fasting for weight loss, but we would like to add that tons of body builders use intermittent fasting to lose fat and gain muscle.
They call it lean gains intermittent fasting and there is tons of information about it on the internet. In fact, I am willing to bet that it is more popular and established in the body building community than it is in the weight loss community. These body builders must know something we don’t. That needs to change!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Maybe. It is just not that important for the intermittent fasting community. Some people say “It gets your metabolism going for the day!” and that may be true, but that is not what fasters are concerned with.
In fact, some people feel that all eating breakfast does is make you hungrier throughout the day or make you skip lunch and eat a huge dinner. Either way, if you are a breakfast lover, you do not really HAVE to give up breakfast.
If you decide to eat at 8 when you wake up then you would just have to cease eating much earlier at 4pm. Some would say that is nearly impossible, so they have chosen to skip breakfast instead. You can be your own judge on that one.
Lastly, I would just like to point out that every single meal is the most important meal of the day. You have got to eat well at every meal. So, giving up breakfast really does not matter if you get a super nutrient-packed lunch and dinner.
Intermittent fasting puts your body in starvation mode. We saved the best myth for last. I am sure you have heard this at some point. You know, that if you do not eat at the standard times then your body will go into starvation mode.
The truth is that, yes, our bodies have a “starvation mode” when we start to metabolize energy stores much slower to save ourselves from dying. It was very beneficial to the survival of our ancestors when food was not readily available.
However, it does not mean the same thing for us today. Starvation literally means starvation. You are not starving yourself if you go a few extra hours without eating. Give intermittent fasting a try and you will see that for yourself.
There is no way that thousands and thousands of people with nearly perfect health and a perfect body could be in the shape they are in if they were starving themselves.
You’ve got to make the decision for yourself. Everyone will respond to fasting differently and for some it might be dangerous. Those with diabetes or other insulin related health issues especially.
It can also be dangerous for those with very restricted diets. As with any change to your lifestyle, it is best to do your research thoroughly and check in with a health care provider to make sure you’re staying safe.
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