no. 40 – The Intermittent Fasting Episode (Part I)

intermittent fasting podcast episode

As unmillennials we’ve lived through our share of diet crazes. We’ve been told what to eat and what not to eat for weight loss, heart health, cancer prevention and more.

But what if all this talk about the “what” should’ve really been talk about the “when”?

Intermittent fasting has taken hold in recent years as one of the most popular approaches to weight loss. But what does the research say? Is it, in fact, superior to other methods of weight loss? And is weight loss the only benefit?

Part I:

In the first episode of this two-part series, I share my interviews with two registered dietitians who offer their thoughts on intermittent fasting.

You’ll be introduced to Carolyn Williams, PhD, RD — an award-winning author who stumbled into IF through a work assignment for Cooking Light Magazine. She’ll share both her surprise at what the research about intermittent fasting says and briefly cover how IF easily became a part of her daily routine.

Next, frequent show guest Emily Field, RD, will summarize the take-away for us on whether or not IF is superior to other approaches to weight loss and then detail the benefits of fasting beyond weight. She’ll provide more detailed insight on who fasting may and may not be a good option for.

In the second episode, I provide an account of “the other side” of the intermittent fasting conversation, based off the work of Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist from Canada who is championing the fasting movement online and through his books The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide to Fasting. I also provide a brief insight into a new book I’m reading that supports the benefits of “time-restricted eating”, The Circadian Code by Satchin Panda, PhD. I close out the episode by sharing my experiences testing out two popular intermittent fasting protocols — 16:8 and 5:2.

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In both episodes you’ll hear me implore listeners to avoid intermittent fasting if they fall into a group for whom fasting isn’t recommended, including pregnant and nursing moms, people under the treatment of a medical doctor for certain medical conditions and individuals suffering from a history of an eating disorder and/or who find restrictive eating to be triggering and a precursor to obsessive thoughts of food.

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