Paleo Ketogenic Diet

Is Intermittent Fasting BAD for women?

Intermittent fasting for women can be a problem and not because these women are making mistakes.

I mentioned in my first video about intermittent fasting (Leangains, 8 hour diet, Eat Stop Eat, Warrior Diet, Quantum Eating) that many women have problems with fasting and I decided that it needed its own video as it’s a very complicated subject. There aren’t just a few women who have problems with fasting, there is a large percentage of women how have issues with fasting. I go over reasons why some women could have difficulty with IF and some options on how to still get some of the benefits of fasting without starving for extended periods of time.

I also recognize that there are many women who love IF and have great results and lose weight easily. YMMV.

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Article on women and fasting at Mark’s Daily Apple (a lot of paleo peeps on this site):

Dear Mark: Women and Intermittent Fasting

One woman’s problems with IF and disordered eating. Other women also post in the comments their experiences:

How Intermittent Fasting Saved Me…while Slowly Killing Me

Stefani’s article about the problems with IF for women:

Shattering the Myth of Fasting for Women: A Review of Female-Specific Responses to Fasting in the Literature

Dave Asprey’s site for Bulletproof coffee:

John Kiefer talking about the benfits of IF being keeping insulin low and not just fasting (so you could eat a lower carb /low GL breakfast and get similar results). He’s not a fan of breakfast and says people should skip it, but says it’s carbs in the morning that are the problem:

Tanya Zavasta’s IF plan that has different timing than others and favors raw food:

The Warrior Diet:

Article on Wikipedia where it states that women who are pregnant, menstruating or breastfeeding are not to fast on Ramadan:

Another video on women and issues with fasting from Kinobody:
How to do Intermittent Fasting for Women (Without Messing Up Your Hormones)



  1. OMG! You are such a pleasure to watch! I almost never watch a full video, it seems like most people talk about stuff we've all heard before or they are just not that great to watch. Your information is FABULOUS, intense, new, accurate and USEFUL! SO happy you chose to share, your my new go to Guru :)

  2. hey, thanks so much for the great info and passion for health geared towards women 🙂 love it!
    could you do a video on hyperthyroidism in relation to intermittent fasting, or dieting in general? i know that your diet effects your hormones and your thyroid, and eating healthy is the best way to support your thyroid. but does the thyroid need a constant push of nutrients throughout the day, or is fasting still feasible?

  3. Great video! I actually started IF about 5 years ago, and at first I had great success…more energy, weight loss, etc. Then, about 6 months ago, all the negatives started showing up! Not only did I experience anxiety and insomnia, but I found that I was subconsciously increasing the amount that I ate within my eating window, and I started rapidly gaining weight.

    Just like you said, eating a little carbs and fat in the morning has really helped to calm me down, and I'm starting to feel better. Plus, eating more during the day and less at night is helping me sleep a lot better. Thanks so much, this was the best video on women-specific IF that I have seen so far. :)

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