Does INTERMITTENT FASTING Help You Lose Weight? | Diet Debbie

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In this episode of Abbey’s Kitchen, Abbey is joined by Debbie who was also recently inducted into the official mom’s club. One thing Debbie is not happy about since being a mom is the baby weight. Debbie found out from other mom’s that intermittent fasting helped them drop the unwanted baby pounds.

Abbey is happy to hear about Debbie being a mom. For a while, the go-to weight loss diet was just restricting calories on a daily basis. But this strategy was difficult to follow and definitely not sustainable. So then IF was discovered. With IF, you are restricting food intake but only on certain days and on other days you would have the freedom to eat and meet energy requirements. Obviously a WAY more flexible approach to dieting.

Debbie is on board with a diet like that, and more importantly is looking forward to meltig the fat away.

Based on studies, Abbey has found that IF has been associated with a significant DECREASE in body weight, body fat and waist circumference. But whether you can keep the weight off in the long term is a completely other thing. A 2016 review found that individuals tended to lose MORE weight earlier on in the study compared to the final follow up point. And yes, you may lose body fat, but studies have shown that you may also lose lean muscle mass, but with sufficient protein intake and exercise, you MAY be able to prevent that.

Debbie is not worried because she loves her protein shakes and loves going to the gym. Debbie also heard that intermittent fasting can treat diabetes.

Based on studies intermittent fasting doesn’t cure diabetes but a 2017 review found that the diet may improve blood sugar levels.

Debbie heard that intermittent fasting improves memory.

Abbey found a 2017 review where weight loss was associated with improvements in cognitive function. However it is unclear whether intermittent fasting does that, or just weight loss in general.

Now, Debbie is sure that the diet is for her!

Abbey knows how much Debbie’s social life matters to her, and intermittent fasting can make it difficult to eat out with her friends on a weekly basis.

Debbie is sure she could coordinate her fasting schedule with her friends.

Abbey also wants to warn Debbie of the undesirable side effects of intermittent fasting. . In a 2016 review, a few studies found participants doing IF experienced constipation, feeling cold, headaches, lack of energy, bad temper and lack of concentration.

Debbie does not like being hangry. She gets a little reckless.

Abbey also notes that when you do eat during intermittent fasting, you may eat more than you really need because of the limited time to eat.

Debbie heard that intermittent fasting is heart healthy.

The research community has mixed results when it comes to measuring cardiovascular markers. In some studies, IF increased the good cholesterol and ALSO the bad cholesterol in other studies bad cholesterol decreased and good cholesterol stayed the same.

The only reason Debbie wants to do this diet is for the weight loss, so she wants to know whether it works.

Studies have shown that IF has a significant influence on metabolism, and has shown that there is a less of a reliance on carbohydrates as a fuel source and promotes the breakdown of stored fat. However reducing energy intake too severely can have the opposite effect where your body responds by regaining weight after losing the weight during fasting.

Debbie might need to find another way to say peace out to Preggo Debbie and HELLO to Diet Debbie.

Abbey believes that the best weight loss approaches usually aren’t summarized in one sentence. It involves listening to your body and not letting anyone but you deciding when and how much you eat. If you do decide to try IF, always speak with a Registered Dietitian for personalized advice and supervision.

For more tips on staying healthy, recipes, dieting, and information fit for consumption by foodies everywhere stop by Abbey’s blog.


Comments 23

  • Hi Abbey. I’ve been doing IF for 3 months and I feel great and lost 80lbs. You made some interesting points and know IF isn’t perfect. Can you share some of your sources?

  • When I am intermittent fasting, I am not obsessed with food all day. I'm not hungry all the time as opposed to when I ate like 8 small meals a day. I am not constantly thinking about what I want to eat for my next little meal. I understand that for some people it works better than for others, but for me it works really well. I wasn't cold/hungry/angry. I actually felt energized most of the time, like I was having caffein all the time lol.

  • I`ve been using this weight loss plan “Yamzοkο Weebly” (Google it) for a couple of days right now and so far I really like them! I still have the power I would like without suppressing my appetite without having making me really feel jittery. I haven`t changed anything else I`m doing and also have shed 7 lbs. .

  • A little bit disappointed with videos on this channel. I think it would be much better if the information came as scientific facts not a personal opinion. Some ofAlso I do not like the way she is talking about other people (making faces, eyes rolling, condescending way of talking… soooo high school mean girl style). It should not be about people, but about the healthy eating.

  • This doesent work unless you diet at the same time, its not a miricle

  • I enjoyed watching your videos so much Abbey! Your sass! Your outfits! Your realness! Your philosophy on food and life in general! && of course all the spot on nutritional advice and facts! Watching your videos has had a monumentally positive influence on me! I am currently working through my own post partum journey… my perfect little boy is just over 7 months. I have never been so incredibly happy and so incredibly – basically every over emotion – all at once! I have really struggled with my weight loss. My doctor suggested I try intermittent fasting with a really positive outlook. I did some research (before I found Abbeys kitchen) and thought it might be somthing for me. (Keeping in mind I spent 10 years of my life struggling with bulimia). I came across " the dry eye show" and their video promoting intermittent fasting. This video tipped the scales for me and I decided to try it. Then I started watching your videos… and… I'm conflicted! If you could find the time to review their video… (I know it's not like totally what you do) … I would appreciate it! Much love to you!

  • I found it hard to concentrate with that leotard!

  • You can debunk all health or self-improvement aspirations with that "what is life really about?" rhetoric! It doesn't work that way! 😂

  • I love the way you presented this haha xx

  • Will you review shannonxo food she eats in a day bc she’s doing a keto diet and I’d like see what you think about her keto diet

  • Years of Intermitted fasting led me into the world of bulimia. Would not recommend for anyone.

  • Just wanted to say that I love your channel! I’m a college student planning on going into Dietetics for university, so these videos are right up my alley. Love your evidence based approach 💕 Can’t wait to learn more.

  • I did intermittent fasting for 2 weeks and it helped me get into onederland, however, I'm soooo hungry in the mornings and despise my coffee without some sort of milk or cream. I've managed to not gain any of the weight back but it simply wasn't sustainable for me. I was super grumpy and irritable the entire two weeks. I'm happy I tried it out and managed to lose about 12 pounds but I probably won't do it again. To each their own lifestyle! 🙂

  • Love this 😂😂😂 there’s one Debbie in every friend group

  • omg whats that song in the beginning called XD

  • So, I just started this whole 16:8 IF thing because I have Crohn's, and thought giving my digestion a break from the 6 small meals a day would help with bloating and constipation. The verdict is still out, but there is so much conflicting information out there about how to break your fast and all of these rules. Reaching out to a dietitian today to sort this out once and for all!

  • intermittent fasting seems pretty disordered to me. it reminds me of the binge-restrict cycles. especially the kind that has you fast for 2 days out the week and eat "normally" for the other days

  • love the aesthetics hahahahh

  • I gained weight intermittent fasting. I've had much better luck just listening to my body and eating veggies and or greens at every meal. That's my big trick. Lol. I've lost 40 lbs and have about 40 more to go. It's taken me about 2 years to figure it out and lose the weight, but that's my biggest take away. Eat veggies. Get protien at every meal (I'm vegan so this was a big one for me too lol).

  • I tried it last year for 6 months. I was lethargic, constipated and gained weight as I think my body was storing the fat that I ate due to it thinking I was starving. I hated it, I was miserable and hungry for 6 months 😂🙈

  • I'm like binging through your videos rn and I love them🙂

  • I did the 5:2 back in 2013 and lost about 40 pounds in 8 months. I wasn't exercising much back then, but still lost. Now in 2019, I have maintained my weight loss and also swim and walk. I found the 5:2 reset my eating habits and I eat more mindfully. Don't know why it worked for me, but it did and I actually quite enjoyed it.

  • I don't understand why this is so hyped! My mom is convinced that she can intermittent fast and she will just lose a bunch of weight. But I don't think that I at 5’8 and 140lbs should actually be fasting 18 hours a day when I'm lean and have good muscle tonage. So I am confused as to how this would help me. I swear she's been brainwashed with the keto diet and this intermittent fasting. Plus im on the go a lot and I burn a ton of calories so I literally can't eat two meals with 1,000 calories and get in the correct macros…

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