Is Intermittent Fasting for You? What You Need To Know!

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Intermittent fasting is something I have been personally doing since the mid-’90s after giving birth to my second child before anyone was calling it that.

Intermittent Fasting is not for everyone. Many folks have benefited from IF who were suffering from health issues. The premise is that you are forcing your body to live off of your fat stores by not eating. You are not starving yourself. Instead, you are consuming your calories through a smaller window of time.

I lost 60 Pounds in 6 Months

Everyone told me it was not healthy when they asked how I did it, but I felt better than ever. Over the years, I had to hide the fact that I skipped breakfast and lunch on most days and only ate dinner for fear of being accused of unhealthy eating habits.

The “eat 5 small meals per day” was the prescription for weight loss at that time. It would speed up your metabolism and reduce your waistline. Of course, it had the complete opposite effect on me. I gained weight.

Healthy Food

I am sure I was eating too much in my “small meals.” But eating those 5 small meals raised my metabolism. How do I know? I was starving! All the time! It felt miserable. Right or wrong, I was not a happy camper. Diabetes and morbid obesity run in my family, so I had to do what worked for me.


I get the hunger pains with intermittent fasting, too, but a nice glass of unsweetened tea takes the edge off. It is something you can gradually get into as well. Get your body used to skipping meals.

You do not have to jump into eating once in an hour, every 24 hours. Start slow. When I have found myself starting to eat lunch every day and avoiding dinner, I know I am getting off track.

The biggest benefit of intermittent fasting is getting the physiological benefits of calorie restriction without actually starving yourself.

Tips and Tricks

Here are my suggestions, and because everyone is different, do not be afraid to experiment. Break it up! I do not do this 7 days a week. Just Monday through Friday, and I go to lunch one day a week. Saturday, I tend to graze. I allow myself more freedom on the weekends. Meals are social for us on weekends as we spend time with friends and family.

If weekends are easier for you, then do weekends. You can even try every other day. What works for one may not work for another.

Mix It Up

Eat breakfast, skip lunch, eat dinner for a few days or even a week. If you are getting headaches, have a couple of whole-grain, gluten-free crackers with butter and a tea for lunch until your body adjusts. Do this all within an 8 hour period—breakfast at 10 AM and dinner before 6 PM.

The next week or two, eliminate breakfast. When things get a little tough, usually around 1 or 2 PM, eat a gluten-free cracker or two with some butter. Eventually, in a few days, phase out the crackers.

Avoid processed and sugary foods. Focus on low carb, whole foods that are more difficult for your body to digest and leave you feeling satisfied longer.

For me, I can be hungry all day long but going to bed I need to be satisfied. So I choose to rarely skip dinner unless I am doing a full 24 hour fast.

With the holidays, I definitely got off track. So this week, I decided to go straight to Keto. I started Monday and did the following diet for three days.

Here Is My Schedule

Day one – Two organic eggs over easy at 11 AM cooked in organic butter. Dill Chicken (organic) salad at 2 PM. Top Sirloin steak with Hollandaise before 7 PM. I ate freely without paying attention to serving size.

Day two – Same exact thing but I added an avocado at 3 PM.

Day three – I skipped the eggs. I had an avocado and chicken salad at 3 PM. For dinner, a rib eye and broccoli with butter. Low carb brownie at 8 PM.

Day four – 2 small bites of chicken salad at 2 PM. Low carb meatloaf with broccoli for dinner.

Day five – Lamb chops, risotto and asparagus for dinner.

Doing it this way will help you to ease into it. From there, I will mix it up. Typically I will have lunch twice a week. Most days, I do not eat until 6 PM and do not eat anything past 9 PM.

There are many types of ways to do IF

  1. Eat every other day.
  2. Only take in food for a set amount of hours per day. From 8 hours to one hour for eating, then the other 16-23 hours you are fasting.
  3. Skip one meal a day.
  4. The 5:2 Diet. You will normally eat for 5 days, and then for two days, you will limit your calorie intake to 500 per day.

I know it seems hard but your body will adjust and get used to it. Is it for everyone? Absolutely not. But if you struggle with weight then and weight-related health issues this could be a tool.

Below is an article I received that is written by a doctor on the matter with some interesting studies that will give you the pros and cons.

Here are some thoughts from Dr. Eddie Fatakhov who gave me permission to post this article.


The Dish on Intermittent Fasting (IF) 

By Dr. Eddie Fat-Off (Eddie Fatakhov M.D.), author of “Dr. Fat-Off Simple Life-Long Weight-Loss Solutions.”

Thanks to celebrity endorsements and media exposure, Intermittent Fasting (IF) has grown in popularity in recent years. However, before you take fasting on as a weight loss solution or a way to cure diseases such as diabetes, it is important to understand why and how IF can affect your body – both positively and negatively.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Some people mistake IF with starvation. Starvation occurs due to extreme hunger or lack of food. IF is a controlled cycling between periods of eating and not eating while food is readily available.

How do you Intermittently Fast?

Because IF is a practice unique to each individual there is no set duration or set of rules to follow. For instance, some might fast between breakfast and dinner for a predetermined amount of time. This is why many think of fasting as a way of life.

Why would you Intermittently Fast?

1.) Weight Loss

IF is believed to cause weight loss because periods of not eating lowers insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that allows our bodies cells to take in the glucose created by the break down of any carbohydrates we eat. This causes weight gain when that glucose is converted to fat and put into storage for future use.

During IF cells release the stored glucose to create the energy the body needs. This plus the overall lowering of calories eaten can result in weight loss.

2.) Possible Decreased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

As previously discussed IF is believed to cause weight loss while lowering insulin levels. These two effects are key when it comes to type 2 diabetes since being obese or overweight with increasingly high insulin levels greatly increases the risk of developing this disease.

Unfortunately, this is where research is split. Some research has found evidence that IF could be beneficial for people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes while other research has found that IF can actually increase the risks through an increase in abdominal fat, bodily misuse of insulin, and muscle depletion (major risk factors for type 2 diabetes).

3.) A Healthier Heart

This report found that IF could reduce heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides (a fat linked the heart disease).

4.) A Healthier Brain

While studies on the affect IF has on humans are still needed IF seems to have promising benefits in the animal world. Studies have found IF can reduce the occurrence of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and even stroke.

5.) Reduced Cancer Risks

Animal studies are finding that IF can actually affect the rate of onset for tumors (human studies are needed).

The question becomes: To IF or not to IF?

For those thinking about IF but aren’t sure if they can do it, understand that you already experience a period of fasting every 24 hours when you sleep. As for incorporating IF into your daytime life I have one very important piece of advice for my readers.

Consult a physician before making big changes in your diet and routine. This conversation is very important when considering IF as a preventative measure or to encourage weight loss. With your doctor you can make a plan that would work best for you and your physical needs.




Eddie Fatakhov, M.D., a.k.a. Dr. Fat-off, is a Board-Certified Physician, Nutritionist, and Best-Selling Author of “The Doctors’ Clinic-30 Program. His latest book is “Dr. Fat-Off Simple Life-Long Weight-Loss Solutions.”

Email: eddie@drfatakhov.com

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39 responses to “Is Intermittent Fasting for You? What You Need To Know!”

  1. Cindy Avatar

    I’m glad it works for you! I’ve done great with a plant based lifestyle. I think I’ll stick with that but it’s good to know more about IF.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Everyone responds differently! I am glad to hear plants are working for you!

  2. Adrienne Avatar

    I love IF fasting too. It simplifies the day when you don’t have to think about what to pack, where to stop for lunch, etc. My husband did it for a while before I jumped on board bc to me it just seemed like starving yourself, so of course you’ll lose weight. Once I tried I was a believer. Feel so much better and eat just about the same amount of food, in a smaller window so not at all depriving yourself.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Exactly! You really nailed it!

  3. Arianny Rodriguez Avatar
    Arianny Rodriguez

    This definitely helps weight loss. I usually skip breakfast OR dinner depending on when I’m working out. I find that I can go without breakfast easier than dinner. I’ll have to try your way!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how it goes!

  4. Lisa Avatar

    Very good read. I have a few friends that do this and are doing well after the first week.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I am glad to see others doing well on it. I love it!

  5. Kristen Usrey Avatar
    Kristen Usrey

    I love that you not only describe what IF is but that you give some helpful tips and food ideas!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I am so happy to hear that you liked it.

  6. Lisa Manderino Avatar
    Lisa Manderino

    I think I might try this. I like that it is just Monday-Friday. I have done a lot of different diets but I haven’t tried this yet!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      It really has become a way of life for me. I can turn it on or off when I need to.

  7. Jody Avatar

    I agree the 5 small meals work for some but not for others. I to gain weight when I try to eat that way. I may try some of your ideas thanks for sharing.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! I hope it helps. Be sure to come back with your results!

  8. Jen Avatar

    Thanks for breaking this down to what IF is, why, and how to do it.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You are very welcome Jen!

  9. Suzan Avatar

    Fasting is a wonderful way to “clean” out….detoxify the kidneys, liver, etc & give the body a good wake up call (boosting metabolism) when mindfully done. Glad IF works for you!

  10. Rachel Avatar

    I’ve tried it and it isn’t for me. But it does so much good for a lot of people, so this info is great!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Everyone has different needs! I hope you have found something that works for you! I know veggie-based is helping many!

  11. Robin Avatar

    Great tips on IF! My husband lost a 60 lbs as well doing it along with working out. I tried but I just can’t get past the hunger and don’t really have the weight to lose anyway. In fact I am 10 lbs away from being considered underweight, so it’s no wonder why my body wouldn’t allow it lol

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Nope! Not for you! lol I am glad it worked for your hubby!

  12. Malia Avatar

    Wow, this is really interesting! Thanks for posting your detailed week of food to give me a really solid understanding of your intake. My parents have similar eating habits and I’ve always wondered how they can go without breakfast and lunch. I’m glad you’ve found something that works so well for your body!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you! And yes, I used to get some crazy looks but I feel great!

  13. Holly Bird Avatar
    Holly Bird

    Great info..I am going to talk to my doctor about this! Thank you!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Good luck! Many doctors might not agree with it. Many are coming on board.

  14. Heather Avatar

    I have followed this over the years when not training for races. My running schedule has ramped up over the last couple of years, so need to switch things up. I liked when I did it and found it effective.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I feel much better when I do it.

  15. Jessica Avatar

    I do intermittent fasting on the weekends but count macros during the week. This is a great read.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thank you, Jess! I am glad to see someone who does it likes it.

  16. Ivy|livin the life of ivy Avatar

    Great tips! I’ve heard of intermittent fasting and I’ve been meaning to try it. I think I will give it a try.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how it goes!

  17. Janine Avatar

    I’ve been hearing about this a lot recently and have wondered how it has worked (or not) for others. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Bonnibelle Avatar

    So informative! I always thought there was only one kind of intermittent fasting (eating between set hours) and figured it wouldn’t work for my lifestyle. I might have to consider that now lol.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Actually, I think changing it up works better than just choosing one. Keeps the body guessing!

  19. Jenny Avatar

    This is intriguing. I can hardly go 3 hours without eating, let alone all day. But, I have friends who have talked about this and love it. AND lose weight. We are all different and respond to different things. I’m quite sure that my family would not like me if I’m not eating:). Hangry!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      I agree and I do not think all body types can or should do this. It is definitely something you have to gradually work into. My son in law and my husband’s partner are naturally skinny and have to eat several times throughout the day or they get hangry! They burn it as fast as they eat it. Being the slow metabolizer I am I can handle missing meals. I just think everyone looks at the super skinny people who do not gain weight and think that because they eat this way everyone should.

  20. Julie Avatar

    Great info!! I had been reading some about IF, and had done some bone broth fasting.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Thanks Julie! I have loved it for years. Just glad I can admit it works for me!

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