Ten Reasons to Quit Dieting Forever | Females, Hormones, and Intermittent Fasting

Have you ever been on a diet?  I’m sure you have.  Haven’t we all?  The older I get, the more convinced I become that dieting will soon be an archaic term.  They never work in the long run and nearly always do more harm than good.
The effects are different in women.

In fact, females are more sensitive to the physical stress imposed by dieting and Intermittent Fasting (IF).  We experience problems with circadian rhythm, hormonal balance, and adrenal fatigue pretty quickly.  If you’ve ever laid awake at night feeling rather jacked up and hungry or “wired but tired,” you know what I’m talking about here.

Here are ten big reasons to quit dieting and start thinking differently about getting healthier.  Believe me, your adrenals, ovaries, and brain will all thank you for it.

1.  Increased ghrelin.   Severe food restriction (consuming 500-800 calories per day) causes an increase in ghrelin, better known as the “hungry hormone.”  This hormone is the reason for your ravenous drive through the Chic-Fil-A window after an exam, a sleepless night, or an emotionally stressful week. WORSE:  This effect does not end when you stop dieting.  It can go on for up to a year after you stop food restriction. Continue reading “Ten Reasons to Quit Dieting Forever | Females, Hormones, and Intermittent Fasting” »