"Intermittent Fasting" is NOT FASTING.
The 16:8 "not eating to eating windows," are NOT FASTING.
I think it is a great "Meal Timing" technique to build up to fasting and yes, has shown very positive benefits independently.
The reason is mainly that most Americans are grazing all day long. That is a problem. By NOT DOING this you see improvement almost immediately. Even if people don't eat in a 16:8 window, if they just STOP SNACKING they will usually see a benefit quickly, even start losing weight.....
WHY? Because they stopped GRAZING!
The first step to detox is to stop re-toxing. The first step to sobriety is to stop drinking/using.
We don't scream from the mountain top the new way of life called sobriety! No, because to get there we need to stop the insult of drinking and using and live a healthy life.
The same parallel here. We don't need to call 3 meals a day or Intermittent Fasting (16:8 eating window) this new way of eating, but rather a return to the way we should have been eating all the time.
Like when they say a certain breakfast oats-based cereal has been shown to reduce cholesterol along with exercise...... MANY things will reduce cholesterol in someone with HIGH cholesterol......when you pair it with exercise because it's the exercise doing the heavy lifting and when the cereal is replacing a sugar bowl cereal, pancakes, donuts, fancy milkshake/coffee drink, or some other junk.....YES! you improve! No surprise, and it wasn't the oat-based cereal at all.
I have been using and teaching fasting for metabolic/weight issues for a long time. Traditionally intermittent fasting was doing water fasts for 24 hours plus, multiple times over a specific period of time. Hence, the intermittent element. Not just skipping breakfast daily, which I DO NOT promote.
In the programs I conduct with people we work from 3 meals a day to meal timing (IF) and start fasting in a planned ROTATIONAL concept and have built up to 3, 5, 7, 12, and even 30 days in some very specific cases, NOT all cases by any means.
My point is we use the rotation to use fasting intermittently over 6 months, planned out depending on the person and situation, values and goals, and abilities.
At the end of the day, the only reason I rant like this and even bring it up is that I believe that true fasting can be very powerful and actually heal many metabolic pathways that are causing weight gain, weight loss resistance, hormonal issues, diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiac issues and much more.
Then when people start skipping breakfast and think they are "Intermittent Fasting" or doing actual fasts, they just may miss the profound opportunity to do life and health changing true fast or fasting rotation. Often when I post about fasting people say, "Oh, I already fast, I use the 16:8 IF model.".......grumphhh
In my best Eeyore voice, "Thanks for listening."
We can do better my friends!