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Why Am I Gaining Weight While Intermittent Fasting?

Gaining Weight while intermittent fasting

Written by Mike Cola

May 30, 2021

Why Am I Gaining Weight While Intermittent Fasting?

I get emails every day from people who have lost well over 25 pounds intermittent fasting, but I also get emails from people who have hit weight loss plateaus and are gaining weight fasting.

Intimate fasting is an incredible way to reduce calories. Plus, there are so many hormonal benefits to being in a fasted state, but you can overdo it with fasting by excessively restricting calories for too long.


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Whenever you lose weight, your metabolism will slow down to some degree. It’s called metabolic adaptation. But if you restrict calories too aggressively for too long of a period, you can exaggerate the mild slow down in your metabolism. That’s why I’m a big believer in cycling your calories. Some days you should eat more, and on other days you eat less. You can still be in a calorie deficit at the end of the month, cycling your calories while keeping your metabolism up.


If you’d like to intermittent fast, try this.

Individuals who intermittent fast daily (time-restricted feeding) and stay in a calorie deficit indefinitely can hit weight loss plateaus and gain weight from metabolic adaptation. What you can do is put the “intermittent” back into intimate fasting. Don’t fast every day. Intermittent fast 3, 4, or even five days a week and make sure you increase your calories on the days you’re not fasting to give your metabolism a little boost or take a diet break from fasting every few weeks by eating at least maintenance calories.

I hope this article and video help.

Best – Mike Cola Health Coach

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