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The Problem With Intermittent Fasting

Let me state that I have used and seen good results with intermittent fasting. So this post is not about bashing IF but more help you not make the same mistake so many other make.

As a personal trainer my role is to provide training programs to clients and give nutritional advice to my clients. I say “nutritional advice” because, for me to give specific advice would be an injustice to my clients because I’m not trained in that specific area.

However I do understand the basic concepts of diets and the impact they have on the body from a physiological point of view.

Intermittent Fasting is not a magic formula. There health benefits that are widely documented over and above weight loss but I’m not here to get into that today. But I would like to let you know how you should also look at IF.


Basically, in order for you to lose weight you need to be a caloric deficit. It is energy in versus energy out. Now what IF does, it in essence removes a meal. You skip breakfast and limits your feeding window. That’s on the 16 hour fast. It’s great and I have seen great results when doing the 8/16 protocol.

The problem is what you do during the 8 hours. I have had many discussions with people who have stalled or given up on IF because they eventually stop seeing results.

Generally when I question these people and we drill down into what is going on during their feeding period, is that they still take in too many calories to get to see progress.

Your overall calories count regardless of if you are IF or not. Tracking your calories is still best way to make sure you are loosing or gaining weight. The next stage is counting your macros.


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