Intermittent Fasting is still growing in popularity and more and more people seem to be jumping on the trend. It’s funny because I’ve been following this and teaching my clients how to do this for years now, yet only recently it’s been gathering more and more momentum.
The truth is that it isn’t some magic trick that’s going to help you burn belly fat just because you don’t eat until lunchtime.
There seems to be a lot of overhyping of the benefits that Intermittent Fasting can provide and it’s luring people in, however, it’s not for everyone. Just like every other diet out there some people respond well to it and others not so well.
Today I want to share with you who shouldn’t be doing Intermittent Fasting, if you fall into this category don’t be upset, you’ve got so many other options out there.
If you have disordered eating
If you have an unhealthy relationship with food meaning you binge and purge, you are bulimic, have some type of anorexia or any other disordered eating condition then Intermittent Fasting is not a good option for you. This will tend to encourage more negative behaviour and could add to an even unhealthier relationship with food.
You do not want to put yourself in the position where you’re avoiding food for long periods of time or binging and overconsuming food during your feeding period.
There’s nothing to be ashamed about if you have disordered eating habits as I used to have the same issue when I first started dieting. If you have identified yourself with disordered eating then I highly recommend you reach out to seek professional help to get it fixed.
There have been a few studies that talk about women and fasting and most of them focused on pregnant women fasting for Ramadan. One study found that in pregnant women fasting during Ramadan, placental growth slowed but grew more efficient; fetal development proceeded as normal, but nutrient reserves were limited and there was less room for error. Being able to consume enough calories and nutrients during your feeding window is going to be extremely important and you don’t want to be under-consuming calories during this time. If this happens you’re not only hurting yourself but you are also potentially risking the health of your baby and this is why I don’t recommend Intermittent Fasting for pregnant women. The risk is just not worth it and there are no real benefits that you’re going to get from following Intermittent Fasting. Just eat when you (and your fetus) are hungry.
You are chronically stressed or an overthinker
If you’re working an extremely stressful job, can’t sleep and are constantly overthinking everything then Intermittent Fasting may not be for you. These people tend to get so caught up in their head when fasting and stress if they don’t follow the rules to a tee.
If you stop eating at 10:05 pm instead of 10:00 pm and you start to stress then this is not for you. If you have to break your fast at 1:00 pm but you’re in a meeting and you can’t then you’re just thinking about food the whole time, it’s really not worth the effort. This will cause you to put your body in a constant stress while you’re not eating and then you will produce more cortisol which is not what we want happening.
It’s better off to reduce your anxiety and just eat when is more convenient for you.
You’ve had hormonal issues
Low testosterone, low thyroid, high cortisol levels or any other hormonal issues that people are experiencing means that you should not be following this diet. Your body is already under a lot of stress and going without food for long periods of time and then adding exercise on top of that is going to increase the stress on your body even more and will lead to nothing but trouble.
Get your body back to healthy by following a normal eating pattern and don’t even worry about dieting at this point. It’s better to be a healthy human with a bit of tummy fat rather than ripped to the bone, under constant stress and less Testosterone than a 14-year-old girl (by the way, that is exactly what happened to me so I know what it’s like and if you want to have erections I highly suggest you avoid this route).
Intermittent Fasting didn’t cause this itself, it was just due to me already having hormonal issues in the past and not addressing them first. So don’t be like me.
You’re looking for a magic bullet
If you think that intermittent fasting is the magic bullet for fat loss then just stay away. This is not better than any other diet out there when you look at it from a calorie perspective. At the end of the day, you have to burn more calories than you eat during the day or you’re not going to lose fat plain and simple. This can be done by following paleo, LCHF or any other diet out there. The reason I think IF works so well is simply because it makes it easier to eat less than you burn since you have less time to eat food during the day.
Does It Suit You?
If you don’t fall into any of the above categories and you want to give it a try then you should download my Intermittent Fasting guide that will tell you exactly how to make it fit into your lifestyle effortlessly.