Women and Fasting – Part 1

It is amazing to see how far we have come since Jason and I started IDM back in 2012. Major news outlets like CNN and Times magazine are talking about fasting almost every day. I hear young, healthy people talking about the benefits of fasting as I’m walking down the street. All of this new-found popularity hasn’t come without any scrutiny from the public.

Every day I am tagged in a threat on social media where someone is questioning the safety and benefits of fasting. I am never bothered by a scientific debate about fasting.  As a scientist, it is always important to question everything. I always tell my patients that my goal is for them to fast because they understand why they are fasting and how it is benefiting them. I never want someone to fast on a Monday because Megan said they should. You should not be fasting because Megan Ramos and Jason Fung say fasting is beneficial for you. You should be fasting because you have read our blog posts and watched our lectures, and you think the science behind it makes sense for you.

What bothers me about some of these threads I am tagged in is when they just trash fasting without giving any explanation why. That is not what science is about. And if you think about it, this is how we got into this whole giant nutritional mess in the first place with the whole ‘let us trash dietary fat with no good scientific evidence to back it up’ approach.

Many of the attacks I see on fasting have to do with women. Social media is plagued by posts saying fasting is dangerous for women or it does not work for women. I will often search the authors of these posts to see what their experience on the subject compared to mine. Most of the time my search turns out nothing. This people have little or no experience working with women who are fasting in the first place.

I have worked in a clinical setting helping thousands of women of all ages fast for almost a decade now. I am a woman who has fasted consistently for over eight years. I have not seen anything but the amazing impact fasting, and time restricted eating protocols have on women at any stage of their lives.

Is fasting a different experience for women than it is for men? Yes, it is. Do our end results differ? No, not really. Women just take slightly different routes to get the same place. In this new email series, I will start to unravel and debunk all the myths about women and fasting. I will also share from my experience what women in all the different stages of life should expect when they start fasting, and what has worked best with the thousands of ladies I have worked with over the last decade.

It is time to set the record straight.

 

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Mandy Norman

Thanks for taking the time to set the record straight and for being on the front lines , providing us with solid trustworthy information.

Sandra Sukhan
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Sandra Sukhan

As a quality assurance expert in education, I am always looking for evidence to support someone’s position. I read yours and Jason’s blog posts, listened to your podcasts, interviews and presentations and have read Jason’s books. Every one of them are evidence based, and that’s why I started more carefully following your advice just over two months ago. While I would be considered healthy, I saw improvements that I know can be attributed to the evidence based approach to IF, EF and eTRE.

I am pleased that there will now be additional resources focused on women. Thank you for this.

Lisa
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Lisa

Hi. Maybe you can help me get back to my intermittent fasting routine? It was working great for me. I had lost 52 pounds and was feeling wonderful. I had been fasting for around 2 years when my Mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and a year later passed away. I still fasted during and after her death. During that time, I began to quickly gain fat around my abdomen. Not jiggly type fat, but really firm fat. I kept fasting, but it kept growing. I began to look for any research or studies that would explain my issue. I… Read more »

Rachel
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Rachel

As a woman in her early fifties who has just begun to try fasting I look forward to your articles. Thank you.

Lynne Myles
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Lynne Myles

Thanks for your post. I was referred to Jason about 13 months ago after being diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I spent a couple of days watching videos and reading blogs and decided to try IF and a low carb diet. I have now lost 70 pounds, am no longer pre-diabetic and feel terrific. I’m having some issues though with my cholesterol. I went off my statins and my numbers are creeping higher and higher. Everything I read in support of a ketogenic diet says that I should not worry about my cholesterol going up but all the “Old” information makes me… Read more »

Sheila mugo
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Sheila mugo

Nice. Thanks. Waiting for part 2

Joanne Gonwa
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I am 65 and have been doing IF since reading The Obesity Code in April. I am currently at goal and my lowest weight as an adult…a full 21 pounds less than high school! IF works! I look forward to these discussions.

Vickie
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Vickie

I can’t wait to see your posts

Christie
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Christie

Looking forward to the new blog series!

Lisa F.
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Lisa F.

thanks Megan, I am looking forward to reading this series.

1964
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1964

Thanks for enlightening us on fasting

Patti A Johnson
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Brilliant, @meganramos! I am so looking forward to this series!!! TYVM!!! YOU ROCK!!! 🙂 <3 #FungFan #KetoAndFastingFan #RamosFan

Vicky Lee Shew
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Vicky Lee Shew

As I read this, I am going into my 17th hour of fasting. IF has had tremendous benefits for me and I try to do a long fast at least once a week. I am looking forward to following this series.

Laura Cooper
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Laura Cooper

Thanks so much for this. Can you point me in the direction of any resources that deal with the effect of stress on fasting & ketone production. I used to get a glucose/ketone index of under 1 but with loads of stress I am barely in nutritional ketosis (if at all) while at the same time showing as asymptomatic hypoglycaemic. I feel fine, but am not sure whether I should continue IF. FYI I’m not losing weight but following a KD to stop seizures.

Melissa
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Melissa

I’m very excited to follow this. I’m kinda stuck now after week 14 of IF so it will be great information.

Angie
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Angie

I am SUPER excited about learning your point of view on this. I have wanted to take part in fasting for a while now but so many online “researchers” and jealth practitioners have said it messes with the hormones and causes infertility. Im actively TTC and need to know if fasting will help or not. Looking forward to this segment xoxo

Paola Gutierrez-Flores
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Paola Gutierrez-Flores

Today is my second day fasting, I fast before without the knowledge or a guide, usually one day every 3 months; but when I started watching Dr Fung videos I thought I can do this!! I’m not overweight or have diabetes but for more than a year my right shoulder was hurting and increased in the past few months, the inflammation and pain got worse also I was having more episodes of depression and anxiety. I bought the The complete Guide to Fasting book, I devoured in 3 days its amazing!!! All the information that I needed it and more.… Read more »

Christa Bedwin
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I am super-excited that you’re going to write this series, Megan. I’ve started getting bothered by menopause and it inspired me to finally do my first 5-day fast. I felt so much better! Reading The Obesity Code group has helped me stay inspired with intermittent fasting, and I’m very keen to read this specific series on women that you’re doing. Thank you!

Katherine S
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Katherine S

Yes. I am interested in hearing your take on the concept that menstruating age women should not fast for more than 12 hours as recommended by women’s hormone specialist Alisa Vitti. She says that post menopausal women and all men are the ones who benefit. I’d like to know your take on this. Thank you.

Kathy B
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Kathy B

Thank you. I am looking forward to reading.

Donna Warren
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Donna Warren

Thank you for all that you do for all of us. I enjoy reading the weekly news letters and have learned so much. I look forward to checking my email and seeing where you lead us every week. I have recently joined the facebook group and have participated in my first Mod Fast. Its been interesting. I found the first 2 fast periods relatively easy. The third one, today, has been a struggle all day but I am hanging in there. I am here for the long haul. So once again , Thank you for all you do.

Denise LeBeau
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Denise LeBeau

Awesome!!!!! It gets tiring when you hear the same old. Ohhh Your starving yourself…. ummmm No I’m not! I’ve never felt better!!! Thank you!!Excited to learn more !!!

Joanne Wiley
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Joanne Wiley

Thanks for the series on fasting. I’ve used IF, and this is my second day of a 5 day water fast. Looking forward to your information