Intermittent Fasting for Women: Everything You Need to Know

Intermittent fasting has been increasingly popular for weight loss because it can help you lose weight without starving yourself, and because it comes with many other health benefits. Intermittent fasting is different from traditional dietary plans, which are designed around daily food intake and food choices. In traditional plans, you eat exactly the same foods each day.

Intermittent fasting is a relatively new way of eating that some people have been practicing, while others have been talking about. But what is intermittent fasting? For those who aren’t familiar with it, the concept is that you limit your daily caloric intake to a small window. For example, if you eat 800 calories a day from breakfast until lunch, you may only eat 500 calories for lunch. This leaves you with a surplus of 500 calories for your second and third meals. The idea is that your body will be forced to burn fat for fuel when you’re not eating, in addition to what it burns during a normal day.

Many women have given intermittent fasting a try, but they don’t know how to get started. If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to reduce cravings and lose weight, intermittent fasting might be the solution.

Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight… for some people… under specific scenarios.

It could even be described as “life-changing.”

Others, on the other hand? Not at all. This appears to be especially true for women.

Consider my parents.

My father has only eaten once a day for as long as I can remember. Once.

He gets up in the morning and drinks black coffee. That’s all there is to it—no eggs, cereal, or muffin.

Lunch was more of the same.

He eats a decent-sized dinner at home for supper.

Fin.

Given that Dad owns a restaurant, the whole event is even more astounding!

I just shrugged it off as a child. Dads do strange things (he didn’t play the accordion, at least). He was always in excellent health, and at the age of 74, he still is.

I had no notion my father was decades ahead of his time—a kind of forerunner of a diet that is now all the rage: intermittent fasting.

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While Dad has no issue skipping meals, Mom is the polar opposite.

She eats breakfast within an hour of rising, never skips lunch or supper, and has a snack if the gap between meals becomes too great.

She’s the type of person who keeps almonds in her car just in case she becomes hungry.

I won’t mention how old Mom is, but she’s always been in excellent health.

Years ago, as I began to immerse myself in a job focused on nutrition and sports, I began to wonder:

How can my father fast contentedly yet my mother’s body starts to panic out if she spends more than a couple of hours without food?

It’s possible that they’re just different people. Not everyone reacts to the same diet in the same manner.

However, there’s a significant possibility it has something to do with their sexuality.

Intermittent fasting appears to help many males, but it has the potential to harm a woman’s hormones and metabolism.

What do you mean by that? You’re about to learn.

We’ll go over all you need to know about intermittent fasting for women in this article.

We’ll begin with science, where you’ll discover:

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What is intermittent fasting, and how does it work?

Intermittent fasting (often known as IF) is the practice of going without food for long periods of time.

Meal skipping, alternate-day fasting, and other methods are some of the options. (For additional information, download our free e-book on intermittent fasting.)

Intermittent fasting, when done correctly and in the right people, has been shown to help:

  • control blood sugar levels
  • regulate lipids in the blood, such as triglycerides
  • lowering the risk of coronary artery disease
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • assist you in gaining (or maintaining) lean mass
  • Cancer risk is reduced, among other things.

As a result, a large number of people are attempting it.

However, a new trend has emerged: some women are reporting major issues such as binge eating, metabolic instability, missed menstrual periods, and early menopause.

Some of our clients—some of whom were in their early twenties—have experienced early onset menopause while intermittent fasting.

Perhaps my mother was correct. Maybe intermittent fasting isn’t the same for women as it is for males.

Female hormones can be disrupted by intermittent fasting.

Experimenting with intermittent fasting may seem insignificant in the larger scheme of things when it comes to health decisions. So, what’s the worst that might happen if you give it a shot?

Well, it’s a bigger deal for some ladies than you might think.

It turns out that the hormones that control important functions like ovulation, metabolism, and even mood are highly sensitive to your energy consumption. 1

In fact, modifying your eating habits, including how much and when you eat, might have a negative impact on your reproductive hormones.

This can have a wide-ranging impact, resulting in a variety of health problems.

How does this happen, exactly? Let’s have a look.

Hormones of reproduction and intermittent fasting

The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis is one mechanism through which fasting impacts reproductive hormones in both women and men. Thankfully, the HPG axis is the more prevalent name for this. (Thank you, abbreviations.)

It’s not necessary to understand how the HPG axis works, but if you’re curious, here’s what happens:

  1. GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone) is released by the hypothalamus in regular bursts known as “pulses.”
  2. The pituitary gland responds to GnRH pulses by releasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) (FSH).
  3. The gonads are then affected by LH and FSH.

LH and FSH increase the creation of estrogen and progesterone in women, which are required for the release of a mature egg (ovulation) and the maintenance of a pregnancy.

They increase testosterone and sperm production in men.

Because this cascade of responses occurs in women on a very specific, regular cycle, GnRH pulses must be properly timed, or things can go awry. Periods end, eggs aren’t released… MAYHEM!

(Don’t worry, you won’t be put to the test on this.)

The main message is that GnRH pulses appear to be highly sensitive to environmental influences and can be disrupted by fasting.

Even a three-day fast can cause these hormonal pulses to change in certain women.

There’s even evidence that skipping a single meal—which isn’t an emergency in and of itself—can set off our hormone system’s alarm. 2

This could be why some women struggle with intermittent fasting.

But why do our bodies become more alert when we eat less?

For a long time, scientists thought that a woman’s body fat proportion controlled her reproductive system.

The theory was that if your fat stores fell below a certain percentage—roughly 11%—hormones would become jumbled up, and your menstruation would stop.

There’s no way to get pregnant now.

This made a lot of sense from an evolutionary standpoint. A lack of food would be a huge source of concern for our forefathers, who didn’t have access to Costco or Amazon. (Read: It’s not the best time to start a family or have children.)

So, if you’re losing body fat, your body might think there’s not much to consume and try to stop you from reproducing.

However, the problem is more complex than that. Even before body fat levels plummet, female bodies appear to be on high alert. 

Women who aren’t very slim may also stop ovulating and lose their periods as a result.

That’s why scientists are now thinking that overall energy balance—how many calories you eat vs how many you “burn”—might be more significant than body fat proportion in this process.

How your nutrition and a lot of pressure can be detrimental to your health.

You’re said to be in a negative energy balance if you routinely eat less energy than you spend. 

You lose weight by being in a negative energy balance. As a result, many people try to attain this by dieting.

However, when it is excessive or occurs in the context of other stressors, it may be to blame for the hormonal spiral that some women who fast experience.

Negative energy balance is caused by more than just eating less food.

It can also be caused by:

  • malnutrition
  • excessive physical activity
  • too much stress
  • Illness, infection, and chronic inflammation are all examples of chronic inflammation.
  • a lack of rest and recovery

We can even waste energy by attempting to stay warm.

Any number of stressors could be enough to throw you into a negative energy balance and prevent you from ovulating. Consider the following scenario:

  • While preparing for a marathon and recovering from the flu,
  • I’ve been to the gym too many days in a row and haven’t eaten enough fruits and veggies.
  • To pay the mortgage, you’ll have to go on an intermittent fast and work your tail off.

‘Did she just say something about paying the mortgage?’ you might wonder.

You bet.

Psychological stress can wreak havoc on your hormonal balance.

Our bodies are unable to distinguish between a real threat and one created by our thoughts and feelings. (For example, fretting about how you’ll develop abs.)

These “threats” can raise our stress hormone cortisol levels. What about cortisol? It suppresses GnRH, our old pal.

Reminder: Disrupting GnRH can cause a cascade effect, suppressing the production of estrogen and progesterone by your ovaries—hormones that are essential for reproduction.

As a result, you could be around 30% fat. However, if you are in a negative energy balance for an extended period of time, especially if you are really stressed, reproduction will cease.

That is, at least, the theory.

An evolutionary theory on why it’s difficult for women to attain a six-pack

Low-energy diets have been shown to impair female fecundity. Being very thin has the potential to do the same. 3–4–5

When you think about it, it makes obvious that the body would desire a little more padding on the abdomen in case of an emergency. (And why not include hips, thighs, and arms?)

In the animal world, human females are special. When conditions aren’t “right,” nearly all other mammals can terminate or stop a pregnancy.

This is known as “embryonic diapause,” and it is an unconscious process in which a mammal’s physiology reacts to environmental circumstances (like temperature or food availability).

If it does not appear to be a good moment to raise children, embryonic development is put on hold until the situation improves (and if it does not, the pregnancy may be terminated). 6

Female humans cannot suspend pregnancies, as you’ve known since middle school health class.

The placenta in humans breaches the maternal blood arteries, giving the fetus entire authority.

In order to store more glucose, the newborn can prevent the action of insulin. It can also cause the mother’s blood vessels to dilate, lowering blood pressure and allowing more nutrients to enter the body.

That infant is adamant about surviving, whatever of the cost to the mother. This condition is known as “maternal-fetal conflict,” which scientists equate to the host-virus connection. 7–8

A mother cannot persuade the fetus to stop developing once she becomes pregnant. The result: Fertility at the wrong moment, like as during a famine (basically an extended fast), can be lethal.

As a result, a small calorie-storage pooch is reproductively protective in the event of adversity. (Perhaps a six-pack is overrated in the first place.)

Why does intermittent fasting have a greater impact on women’s hormones than men’s?

We’re not entirely certain.

We understand how upsetting it is to hear that when your brother, father, or lover has been going around looking shredded after a few months of intermittent fasting.

However, there are a few possible contributory factors:

1. Changes in nutritional balance may make women more susceptible than men.

When it comes to fasting or severely calorie restriction, men and women appear to react differently. Kisspeptin, a protein-like molecule important in the reproductive process, could be to blame.

Kisspeptin increases the synthesis of GnRH in both sexes, and we know it’s sensitive to hormones like leptin, insulin, and ghrelin, which control and react to hunger and fullness. 9 ten (Learn more about the hormones leptin and ghrelin, as well as weight loss.)

How hunger and fullness affedct kisspeptin and the female reproductive cycle

Females have more kisspeptin than males, which is interesting. Women’s bodies may be more sensitive to changes in energy balance if they have more kisspeptin. 11

Fasting causes women’s kisspeptin production to drop more quickly than men’s. Kisspeptin deficiency throws GnRH off kilter12, causing the entire monthly hormonal cycle to be disrupted.

2. Certain nutritional restrictions, such as protein, may have different impacts on women than on males.

Women, on average, consume less protein than males. 13 Women who fast tend to eat significantly less protein (due to the fact that they eat less overall).

This is a concern since protein contains amino acids, which are necessary for reproduction.

If you don’t receive enough amino acids, it can damage your estrogen receptors as well as a hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). 14 During the menstrual cycle, both are required to thicken the uterine lining. If the uterine lining does not thicken, an egg will not be able to implant, and pregnancy will not be possible.

As a result, low-protein diets can lower fertility.

Why does estrogen play such an important role in a woman’s appetite, mood, metabolism, and body fat?

Estrogen serves more than simply the uterus and reproduction.

Estrogen receptors can be found in our brains, GI tracts, and bones, among other places.

When estrogen levels fluctuate, metabolic functions such as cognition, mood, digestion, recuperation, protein turnover, bone formation, and, perhaps most importantly, appetite and energy balance are all affected.

Estrogens alter the peptides that tell you whether you’re full (cholecystokinin) or hungry (ghrelin) in the brainstem (ghrelin). 15

Estrogens also stimulate neurons in the hypothalamus, which stop the generation of appetite-regulating peptides.

If you do something that causes your estrogen levels to drop quickly, you may find yourself feeling a lot more hungry—and eating a lot more—than you would under normal conditions.

Estrogen has an impact on fat storage as well.

Estrogens, as you can see, are important metabolic regulators.

Yes, there are multiple estrogens. Estriol, estradiol, and estrone are three distinct forms of estrogen found in the body, commonly known as estrogenic metabolites.

These estrogen ratios fluctuate over time. Estradiol is the most important hormone before menopause. Estradiol levels fall following menopause, whereas estrone levels remain stable. 16

estradiol levels around menopause

The particular functions of each of these estrogens are unknown. However, some believe that a decrease in estradiol could lead to an increase in fat accumulation. 17

This could explain why some women have a tougher time losing weight after menopause.

That approach, however, may not account for everything. While a decrease in estradiol may contribute to an increase in fat accumulation, it is unlikely to be the only factor (and may not be causal at all).

Instead, fat gain after menopause could be attributable to age, a loss of muscle mass, and a shift in appetite (low estradiol is also linked to higher appetite). 18

Intermittent fasting for weight loss in women is, thus, difficult.

Because…

It’s possible that women’s bodies are more sensitive to variations in energy balance.

And…

When our bodies notice changes, the HPG-axis may be disrupted, throwing our entire hormonal cycle off.

If there are other pressures draining our energy, this hormonal instability can become even worse.

(Consider taking care of children, working harder to earn that promotion, dealing with a chronic injury, or the possibility that the family hamster has become “lost” in the heating ducts… (Perhaps all of them at the same time.)

Plus…

Intermittent fasting can lower estrogen levels, which can lead to an increase in hunger and fat storage.

So you’re fasting to lose weight? It could be counterproductive. The more you resist, the worse it grows, just like getting hooked in one of those Chinese finger traps.

What the latest study has to say

It would be good to find large, long-term human studies to support the research discussed here, but there isn’t anything that provides us a complete picture.

However, we do have a few puzzle pieces to help us figure out what’s going on.

The study of glucose tolerance

The few research that actually compare men and women are usually short-term studies.

Eight men and eight women, all non-obese, were asked to fast on alternate days for three weeks in a study published in Obesity Research in 2005.

Men’s insulin sensitivity improved after three weeks, but their glucose response remained same.

The women, on the other hand, had no change in insulin response, but their glucose tolerance had deteriorated marginally since the start of the study. 18

In other words, men’s blood sugar responses were improved by a short intermittent fasting protocol, but women’s were impaired. 

Fasting would most likely worsen glucose regulation in patients with diabetes who already have an impaired glucose tolerance. IF should be avoided by diabetics. 19

The research into the stress response

In a 2018 study conducted at the Lithuanian Sports University, eleven overweight women fasted for two days.

The women who fasted had an increase in sympathetic nerve activity compared to their normal state (eating a regular meal). Under the same circumstances, no such rise has been observed in men.

Fasting appears to cause a greater stress reaction in women than it does in males. 20

The PCOS research

A study published in the journal Endocrine in 2018 discovered a relationship between polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and greater kisspeptin levels. 21

Kisspeptin is reduced during intermittent fasting (or any fasting). 22

Fasting may cause kisspeptin levels to drop too low in women without PCOS (who have normal kisspeptin levels). Kisspeptin levels can also affect fertility if they fall too low.

Fasting, on the other hand, may just normalize kisspeptin in women with PCOS (who have high kisspeptin). This regulates the reproductive cycle and may help to alleviate PCOS symptoms.

Kisspeptin normalization can also help to reduce the increased androgens (such as testosterone) that are frequent in PCOS. Human research have yet to back up this theory, but animal studies suggest it could work. 23

Fasting on and off throughout a woman’s life

Women, whether or whether they are pregnant, go through numerous distinct stages of life that are marked by significant hormonal changes.

These hormone changes can have significant physical and psychological consequences, affecting sleep, digestion, stress reactivity, and metabolism, among other things.

Here are some of those stages, as well as how intermittent fasting may affect them.

Girls and teenagers who fast on a regular basis

Fasting is not suggested during periods of rapid growth, such as childhood and adolescence.

When given a variety of healthful options to choose from, most youngsters are born with the capacity to regulate their food intake rather well.

Teenage years (and sometimes younger) are a time of intense self-reflection and social comparison, and many young women consider “dieting.” Even when it’s necessary, changing one’s eating habits might be difficult.

Focus on developing desire awareness and mindful eating, as well as selecting whole, healthy foods, rather than restricting food.

Encourage a joyful, stress-free connection with food and a compassionate, caring relationship with the body as much as possible.

Check read our post Nutrition for Kids: Low-Stress Strategies and Kid-Friendly Recipes for more information on how to help kids eat properly.

Ovulation and intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting may make it more difficult to conceive if you’re attempting to conceive.

Ovulation can be inhibited by fasting. No egg is released if you are not ovulating. It is impossible to fertilize an egg if it is not released.

Doctors or other health professionals may have advised some women to lose weight before getting pregnant. When considering pregnancy, many women begin to think more seriously about their health and consider weight loss as a first step.

Whatever your motivation for adopting intermittent fasting, keep in mind that it is not the greatest weight reduction program for most women in terms of hormonal equilibrium.

Moderate, long-term excellent dietary practices are best for most women in their reproductive years. (For more information, see The 5 Principles of Good Nutrition.)

Compromise fertility and hormonal balance may not be worth it unless a woman is compensated to look or perform a certain manner (such as a physique contest or a professional athlete).

When you’re pregnant, you should try intermittent fasting.

Pregnancy, like childhood and adolescence, is a period of rapid development.

Weight increase is a healthy, growing baby and a desired outcome of a developing pregnancy.

Even though weight gain is desirable during this period, many women are concerned about the rising scale. Women who are very self-conscious about their bodies or who wished to lose weight before becoming pregnant may still consider losing weight at this time.

A doctor may even urge certain women to lose weight while pregnant. (Which is a lot to ask when you’re already sick, fatigued, and worried about how your entire life is about to change.)

Even if a medical professional recommends weight loss, fasting is not advised during this period.

Instead of limiting your food intake, focus on improving your nutrition by consuming enough protein, healthy fats, high-quality carbohydrates, and colorful vegetables and fruits. (It’s fine if your tumultuous stomach only allows you to consume bread and pickles.) Take a prenatal multivitamin and do your best.)

Check out our infographic, What to Eat Throughout Pregnancy, for more information on nutrition during pregnancy.

If your doctor has given you permission, you can also exercise to enhance your health and control weight gain. If you’re not sure what to do, we have an infographic for you: How to Exercise While Pregnant.

Breastfeeding and intermittent fasting

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During this time, your body requires extra care, nourishment, and a reduction in stress. Intermittent fasting is unlikely to be a good breastfeeding practice for these reasons.

Many mothers are concerned about “losing the baby weight,” and may feel pressed and impatient to regain their “pre-baby” figure. Women can still lose weight at this time, but more modest methods are safer and are more likely to produce better long-term benefits.

Try a combination of moderate exercise (stroller walking counts!) and portion control for safe, long-term weight loss. To assist you with those objectives, we created a handy little calculator: The Calculator is a device that is used to calculate numbers.

In older women, intermittent fasting has been found to be beneficial.

Periods, puberty, pregnancy, and maybe postpartum What a ride it’s been.

Then there’s menopause, a hormonal transition point in women’s lives that can be physically, psychologically, and socially challenging.

After decades of being devoted to children, marriages, and careers, women in this era may be rediscovering themselves. Alternatively, they could be busy than ever, caring for aging parents and young adult children. (Who simply refuses to leave.)

In any case, growing older often prompts a desire to focus on one’s health.

Intermittent fasting has piqued the interest of some women due to its link to longevity. Others simply wish to reduce weight in a simple manner.

While there isn’t enough evidence to say if intermittent fasting is advantageous to menopausal or postmenopausal women, we do know that restricting meals is a stressor.

Women who are concerned about restricting their food intake in order to lose weight had greater levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, than women who are not. 24 When you add in the sleep problems that come with menopause, your “stress bucket” is quickly filling up.

Lower estrogen levels also indicate a reduced body’s ability to cope with stress. That bucket is filling up a lot faster than it used to be.

Even while many stressors are beneficial to our health, such as exercise, learning, and change, we can only become stronger if we allow ourselves to recuperate from them.

If you’re a woman going through this hormonal time, only try intermittent fasting if:

  • Your anxiety level is low.
  • You’re enjoying a good night’s sleep.
  • Hot flashes and mood swings don’t bother you.
  • There are no vitamin deficits in your system.

Even so, as indicated at the bottom of this post, begin with a cautious approach.

Check read our article, ‘What’s Happening to My Body!?’ for more information on how your body changes during and after menopause (and how to deal with it). During menopause, there are six lifestyle practices to help you feel your best.

Is intermittent fasting therefore harmful to women?

Not always, to be sure.

Fasting, on the other hand, is not for everyone.

And, to be honest, some ladies shouldn’t bother exploring at all. If you have any of the following conditions, you should not undertake intermittent fasting:

  • You’re expecting a child.
  • You have a history of eating disorders.
  • You’ve been under a lot of stress for a long time.
  • You don’t have a good night’s sleep.
  • You’re a novice when it comes to food and exercise.

Pregnant ladies require more energy. Intermittent fasting isn’t a good idea if you’re planning to start a family.

It’s the same whether you’re under a lot of stress or don’t get enough sleep. Not more stress, but more nurturing for your body.

And if you’ve ever struggled with disordered eating (or are presently battling with it), you’re surely aware that following a fasting program could lead you down a path that could lead to even more issues.

Is there any benefit to women from intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting, based on what we know, is likely to harm reproductive health if the body perceives it as a substantial stressor.

Any factor that has an impact on your reproductive health has an impact on your overall health and fitness.

Even if you have no intention of having biological children.

Intermittent fasting programs, on the other hand, vary greatly, with some being far more intense than others. Your age, nutritional status, the length of time you fast, and other stressors in your life, including exercise, are all likely to play a role.

In addition, as we noted in the research update box above, there may be some support for women with PCOS to try intermittent fasting.

However, intermittent fasting is probably not the best option for most women.

For women, the ideal intermittent fasting schedule is

If you still want to give intermittent fasting a try, there are a few options.

Given how much is still unknown, a cautious approach is generally preferable before going into advanced intermittent fasting.

Keeping a meal record for a few days could be a good place to start. Get an idea of what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, and how often you’re eating it.

Is it common for you to eat late at night and snack during the day? Do you like large amounts that fill you up, or do you prefer lighter meals? Are you getting enough protein in each of your meals? Veggies?

You can try intermittent fasting “light” once you have a better understanding of your baseline. Here are a few options for doing so.

Start by extending the time between meals. What happens if you don’t snack in between meals anymore? Do you feel famished, dizzy, or enraged? Does your hunger come and go? Do you think you’re in good shape?

Increase the amount of time between your last meal in the evening and your first meal the following morning. If you normally eat your final meal at 8 p.m. and then breakfast at 7 a.m. (after fasting 11 hours), try eating your last meal at 6 p.m. and breakfast at 8 or 10 a.m. (fasting 14-16 hours).

Continue to check in with yourself physically as you do these experiments:

  • Is the hunger manageable, despite the fact that you may be a little more uncomfortable than usual? Or are you even aware of it?
  • Are you more or less reactive as stress levels rise?
  • How’s your sleep going?
  • What’s the source of your sexual desire?
  • What are your energy levels?
  • How’s your workout going?

Also, pay attention to how you feel about food and your body:

  • If you have to “break the fast” early, do you feel guilty or ashamed?
  • Do you ever feel deprived and then overeat when you’re “allowed” to eat?
  • Do you hold yourself to a high standard when it comes to your body form, or do you place a premium on how well you IF?

Keep an eye on yourself with a sense of wonder, kindness, and honesty.

Continue with a modest intermittent fasting method if you’re feeling energetic, cognitively bright, and all of your systems are functioning normally, or try stretching the fasting window a bit longer.

When is it appropriate to cease intermittent fasting?

Take it easy if you’re obsessive, irrational, or habitually sluggish.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should stop intermittent fasting.

  • Your menstrual cycle has come to an end or has become erratic.
  • You’re having trouble falling or staying asleep.
  • Your hair begins to fall out more frequently than normal.
  • you start to get acne or dry skin
  • You’ve noticed that you’re not recovering from exercises as quickly as you used to.
  • Your injuries are taking a long time to heal, or you’re catching every bug that’s going around.
  • Your ability to cope with stress reduces.
  • Your emotions begin to fluctuate.
  • your heart begins to race In a strange sense, pitter-patter
  • When it happens, your enthusiasm in romance fades (and your woman parts cease appreciating it).
  • Your digestion is noticeably slowed.
  • You constantly appear to be frigid.

Increase the number of snacks you eat and/or reduce your evening fasting time to 12 hours or fewer.

Don’t get hung up on “doing things correctly.” There are various ways to transform bodies, as we’ve seen through coaching over 100,000 individuals, and none of them necessitate perfection.

(Read: Nearly 1 million data points reveal what it REALLY takes to lose weight and get healthy to learn why.)

If fasting isn’t for you, what should you do?

If intermittent fasting isn’t a good fit for you, how can you get in shape and lose weight?

Learn the fundamentals of healthy eating.

Whether you’re fasting or not, you can’t go wrong by focusing on the quality of your meals: Prioritize lean meats, colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and good carbs. Treats, caloric beverages, and processed foods should all be avoided. Prepare and consume entire foods. Exercise on a regular basis. Maintain your consistency.

(Hire a coach if you need assistance with any of this.)

By far the best things you can do for your health and fitness are these basic foundations.

Intermittent fasting is certainly popular. And perhaps your sibling, boyfriend, husband, or even father considers it to be a wonderful exercise and health help.

Women, on the other hand, are not the same as men, and our bodies require different things.

Pay attention to your body. Also, do what you think is best for you.

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