Hi Nate, I would like to get your thoughts on intermittent fasting and skipping breakfast as a result. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks,Amy
Hey Amy 🙂
There are a lot of intermittent fasting protocols out there and many people have seen results while using them. Remember that “results” doesn’t necessarily mean “best practice”. I could get “results” eating only one carrot a day…doesn’t mean it’s the best way.
If we break down the terminology, Fasting would be going without food and “intermittent” would refer to “every now and again” so “intermittent fasting” really means to go without food every now and again.
We do that all the time. We “intermittently fast” between meals, we “intermittently fast” while we sleep. Our bodies are used to it.In my opinion, the problem isn’t so much in intermittent fasting as it is binging and purging… meaning that generally, if we skip breakfast repeatedly, we have a tendency to go all night without eating, then all morning without eating (16-17 hours-ish) then we binge-eat on high-sugar foods because our body is ready for its next insulin spike.
Insulin is the little molecule that plays a huge role in getting sugar injected in to a cell. In simple terms, in order to do their job, cells have Insulin-receptor sites that give the insulin a place to drop the sugar you just ate. If our blood streams are constantly being flooded with sugar, these little receptor sites have a tendency to de-sensitize themselves to insulin (check out the diabetes pandemic). The theory behind Intermittent-Fasting protocols is to try and make insulin-receptors more sensitive by starving them of sugar intermittently. While some people have seen results using this, I have a tendency to think that a better way to re-sensitize insulin receptors is to change the TOTAL composition of your diet, dramatically increase minerals like chromium and magnesium through nutrient-rich foods and bump up the total function of your metabolism.
An “intermittent fasting” protocol outside of the usual sleep-cycle may have a significant place in the lives of athletes such as body-builders, but I don’t think the average person has much use for them. The studies don’t show any significant advantage from using them and I tend to believe they get people in to bad habits and sugar crave spikes.
Hope that helps!!
In Good Paleo Health,