Is intermittent fasting bad for women’s hormones? In this episode, I’m breaking down what exactly intermittent fasting is, its potential benefits, and its potential pitfalls, especially pertaining to those who struggle with fatigue and hormone imbalances.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that focuses on periods of eating and periods of fasting. It’s not so much a diet as it is a rhythm of timing, when are you consuming food and when are you not.
The most popular method of IF is when you restrict your daily eating into an 8 hour time frame and then fast for the remaining 16 hours. So this could look like eating your first meal at 10am and then not eating anything after 6pm.
Cited Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
- Weight loss
- Hormone balance
- Cellular repair
- Improved insulin response
- And Brain health
- Improves metabolism
- Lowers cardiovascular health
- Reduces inflammation and the risk of cancer
Who Would Struggle with Intermittent Fasting?
- People with Adrenal Fatigue
- People with Sleep Issues
Other Considerations for Intermittent Fasting:
- Do not fast if you are pregnant or nursing
- If you are not eating a healthy diet, IF will not work for you
- Consider doing a circadian fast may be better for woman
- Avoid skipping breakfast
- Really listen to your body
Featured in this episode…
- Women, Food, and Hormones by Dr. Sarah Gottfried
- I’m So Effing Tired by Dr. Amy Shah
- Get on our Coaching Waitlist
- “Why Are You So Tired” Quiz