It's #askmonicamonday and this week @consistentlyconsistent writes, "How often do you recommend fasting and/or intermitted fasting to clients with weight loss goals?"
How's this for a FAST fact - I DON'T! Though intermittent fasting has shown clinical promise in improving glycemic control and fat metabolism, the effects are 1) not convincing or significant enough to completely overhaul someone's lifestyle, eating schedule, and social eating atmosphere and 2) it creates a disordered, obsessive eating pattern, compromises the individual's relationship with food, lessens the window for safe exercise, and can be unsafe for MANY. As #registereddietitians, we reject these kinds of "shortcuts" but we welcome #intuitiveeating and fostering healthy relationships with food - not relegating eating to a certain day or certain time of day, even if the research shows SOME benefit. If someone is overweight, intermittent fasting may help their weight loss along, but ultimately it's going to be MONTHS if not YEARS of a SUSTAINABLE exercise + nutrition plan that produces success; not rendering them a prisoner of time (which is what intermittent fasting does). I'm all about improving my metabolism and I certainly have some excess fat (because I'm HUMAN!!!), but you won't find me saying, 'sorry, my love [husband], I won't be having dinner tonight, I can only eat until 4 PM.' Let's eat like HUMANS and not ROBOTS!
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