The Difference Between Fasting and Eating Less

February 5, 2021

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To some people, intermittent fasting seems like just eating less. After all, that is what you’re doing… right?

Actually, no. Intermittent fasting is a schedule of eating, meaning that it defines the time in which you eat. In reality, you can eat an entire day’s worth of food within your scheduled time to eat, and it would be perfectly acceptable within fasting rules -- in fact, it’s encouraged?

So if this isn’t about caloric intake, then how does intermittent fasting work? Well, it’s actually about caloric expenditure. As our day moves on, we expend energy via the calories we’ve consumed. Now, in the modern day, anytime our energy gets too low we eat another meal -- hence our traditional three courses throughout the day. However, our bodies aren’t meant to operate like that -- back when we are hunters and gatherers, we had one meal on a good day. That means that those calories we accumulate are supposed to be spent, and they spend more rapidly as time progresses. That’s why you can gorge yourself during your eating hours but then still receive fat loss benefits.

Hopefully this has explained the difference between fasting and eating less. Want to learn more about intermittent fasting and caloric restriction? Try out Shanah’s coaching guide

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