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Intermittent Fasting and Dietitian BS

by Dave on February 13, 2009

I read an article today on Intermittent Fasting that came into my inbox from the Sydney Morning Herald.  I don’t have a problem with the intermittent fasting article , it is well balanced and informative.I do have a problem with the quote from the dietitian. To quote the article

Dietitian Ruth Frechman says she frequently sees extreme strategies backfire. “You’re hungry, fatigued, irritable,” she says. “Fasting is not very comfortable. People try to cut back one day and the next day they’re starving and they overeat.”

This type of generalisation makes my blood boil. It is such a sweeping statement, and so clearly not based on any factual evidence. Perhaps Ruth Frechman was misquoted, or the statement was taken out of context, but remarks like this serve no purpose. I would like to ask the dietitian what research or experience she has in the use of Intermittent Fasting, what factual basis is she using to make this statement, has she tried Intermittent Fasting herself  or done any kind of study to conclude this to be the case ?. Ruth , If by any chance you happen to read this post, let me tell you that in over 6 weeks of using Eat Stop Eat flexible Intermittent Fasting as a method to reduce my weight, I have not  found any of those comments to be true, in fact quite the opposite, I find during my fasts that I have more energy, am more alert and less irritable than if I am an hour late for eating lunch. My statement unlike Ruth Frechman’s is based on personal experience of having actually done it. I would also say that following an Intermittent Fasting lifestyle has got easier as the weeks pass, not harder. I have become more aware of my eating habits, and have a greater understanding of actual hunger. As mentioned in the article I am seeing health benefits from Intermittent Fasting. I do suffer from Asthma and there is no doubt that Intermittent Fasting has resulted in an improvement in this area for me. So my own findings based on facts, are Intermittent Fasting can help you reduce weight and improve your health.

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