A friend of mine recently undertook intermittent fasting in conjunction with Paleo. I did some reading about it, and it looks interesting. The science behind it seems pretty solid, but in my personal experience, I need some energy in the mornings. I did intermittent fasting for many, many years without knowing it was actually a “thing,” and my mornings were always sluggish and I felt like I needed energy. To be fair, I haven’t tried it since going Paleo, but I’m in no hurry to do it.
With that said, it’s an interesting concept and is quite different from starving. In my previous post, I mentioned how I was putting my body into starvation mode. This happens when you don’t eat enough for days or weeks at a time, shorting your body too much of the calories it takes to run. Intermittent fasting is when you eat from noon to around 8 pm but then not again until noon the next day. It forces your body into a short-term fast that actually boosts metabolism and is said to have many health benefits.
I say all the time on this blog that my way isn’t the only way. Our bodies are all different, and it’s important for everyone to discover what works best for them. If intermittent fasting and Paleo work for my buddy, then more power to him! Paleo and running are doing it for me, and I’m happy with it. Find what works well for you and stick with it! If you find it’s not working, tweak as necessary. Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability!