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Listed below is every objection to Intermittent Fasting I’ve ever heard.
Surprisingly, I still come across these semi-regularly on Twitter, so every time I get one I’m going to link people to this post.
I can just say “#1 and #4” and people can immediately see what my response is, and why they’re being irrational and their irrationality is going to keep them overweight unless they change.
They’re listed in no particular order:
Objection 1) “But I heard that Intermittent Fasting puts your body into starvation mode!”
You’re 25% body fat, my friend.
The human body doesn’t starve until around sub 5% body fat.
Please tell me how you’re going to starve when 25% of your body is literally stored fuel? No organism on this planet is capable of starving when there’s tons of stored energy that it has very easy access to (fat stores). It burns the stored fuel FIRST, well before dying of starvation.
Once you get to ~5% body fat, this becomes a very valid discussion.
Now if you’re talking about low energy levels, all you need to do there is keep your blood sugar levels steadier and keep your electrolytes balanced. This involves:
A) Low sugar foods during your eating window and;
B) Plenty of electrolytes during the fasting period
Objection 2) “10% body fat is unhealthy! Also I heard that it’s bad for your testosterone levels?”
Tell that to >50% of all professional soccer players, virtually all Rugby wingers, and a huge % of pro basketball players.
Tell that to 100% of professional sprinters.
Tell that to all pro fighters.
These are all lean, high T individuals.
Not only this but anecdotally, my testosterone is 950 and I’m ~9% body fat. Some of my more successful clients are in a similar position to me.
Again, please tell me how 10% body fat is unhealthy?
Objection 3) “I could never do this fasting thing, I love breakfast too much”
Well straight away, you don’t have to fast in the morning. Keep your breakfast (if it’s healthy). Fast later in the day.
But for most people the best system is to allow some flexibility for social events in the evening, and some carbs too (which help with sleep).
You can either have a big tasty breakfast, OR a social life and carbs in the evening.
You cannot have both and expect to get to 10% body fat. Ain’t gonna happen. Unless you’re a semi-pro athlete (or similar) where you’re burning a tremendous amount of calories every day.
If you’re a typical office worker, you need to PICK ONE.
Objection 4) “Fasting leads to binge eating later on”
It doesn’t, because my clients and I do Intermittent Fasting, yet we never binge.
Lack of self-control leads to binge-eating. A sugar addiction leads to binge-eating.
If you get rid of the sugar addiction first, and then ease your way into IF by pushing the first meal back by a mere two hours for the first few days, you’ll find that this binge eating thing never happens.
Check out the free ‘5 Steps To Getting Started With IF‘ guide to learn how to do this, and then get the Ultimate Extended Fasting manual to learn how to eliminate your sugar addiction (yes, you have one).
Objection 5) “But you can’t gain muscle with Intermittent Fasting!”
Well look at me – I certainly have.
And the thing is, the guys who give this objection are usually newbies to training. And newbies can make amazing gains doing just about anything.
But here’s the main focus points for muscle mass:
- Training intensity
- Training consistency (most men can’t even stick to a training program)
- Protein intake
- Not slashing calories too quickly
Get the above right and you’ll gain plenty of muscle mass on Intermittent Fasting. I have done, Greg has done, John did too:
Objection 6) “But it’s depriving your body of vital food and nutrients!”
Food and nutrients are not the same.
Most men who are fat are already depriving themselves of nutrients. Too much food, but not enough nutrients. The sugar and the alcohol are robbing the nutrients from what little they were getting through their diet in the first place.
Let’s reverse this.
Let’s get the food/calories DOWN, and the nutrients UP.
Intermittent Fasting (the proper way) does exactly this. Get some seafood/quality meat with plenty of veggies and/or some beans/nuts/eggs and you will achieve this without much difficulty.
The nutrient side of things is 100% dependent upon the foods you eat. If you fast for 16 hours and then eat McDonalds and drink alcohol all evening, then yes, you’re going to be nutrient-deprived very quickly.
But I’ve never recommended doing that.
Objection 7) “But it makes me light-headed”
One word: Electrolytes. Get them inside of you every morning, especially salt.
Objection 8) “What if I want to train in the mornings?”
This is a very common one, and you have a few options here.
A) You could eat from 8am to 4pm, and then fast in the evenings. That’s a possibility.
B) You could just make sure you’re getting your electrolytes in the morning (for energy purposes), with some BCAAs post workout to ensure you’re recovering, and then wait until lunchtime for the proper meal.
C) You could re-evaluate your schedule a little and see if you could actually train later in the day – this completely depends on the individual, how much ‘life overhead’ you have etc.
Objection 9) “Where do I get my hormones tested? My doctor makes things really difficult!”
Believe me, I sympathise with this.
The UK and Canada are particularly bad for this. If you want to get a testosterone test you have to have one testicle missing or hanging on by a thread in order for them to give a shit.
I personally do all my test private now, but I’m in the UK and the vast majority of you guys are in the US/Canada. I wrote a blog post on the best US company, Private MD Labs, where you get finger-prick blood work done. In my experience it’s brilliant because it’s confidential, quick, easy, and hassle free.
Bloody brilliant. No messing around. And the bottom line – you get to know the truth about where you stand with your health, so you can make dietary adjustments from there.
Alright, so NOW what is your excuse for not doing Intermittent Fasting every day?