If you’ve read “Intermittent Fasting for Women” or the iFasters Quick Start Guide, then you would have read through the eating personality types and picked one that you relate to the most.
If not, I highly recommend that you grab a copy and read it before you start fasting. I’ve also added a quick summary below.
I started to notice that each woman had different views about fasting which gave them completely different experiences and results. Some found it a breeze could fast every day with no effort, and some binged on any food they could find straight after their first fast and couldn’t bring themselves to fast again.
More often than not, it came down to one thing… whether or not they had dieted before and how strict those diets were.
Obviously these are the two extreme ends of a spectrum, and there other levels between ‘fasting is a breeze’ and ‘binge on everything afterwards’. But it’s important to know where you sit on the spectrum so that you can adjust your fasting plan to avoid any undesired effects like weight gain (yes that can happen if you don’t do it the right way!) disordered eating or eating disorders, and to make sure you get the best weight loss results.
I decided that each woman needed to approach fasting differently to the next and so I created three different ‘eating personality types’ as a guideline to help them create or follow the best fasting plan for them individually.
So, here’s a summary of these types:
Type A Eating Personality:
Type A’s are the lucky ones and you will probably find fasting easy and be thinking “what’s the big deal?” while the rest of us struggle to get through even one fast. We would all love to be this way.
Here’s how to tell if you’re a type A.
- You often unintentionally go long periods of time without food if you’re busy or forget to eat and you barely even notice.
- You’ve never really been on a real ‘diet’ before.
- You don’t have any anxious feelings about fasting and going without food for a set period of time.
Type B Eating Personality:
Here’s how to tell if you’re a type B.
- You feel uncomfortable knowing that you might have to skip a meal and ‘wait until later’.
- You’ve been on a diet before and it didn’t go well. The thought of going on another diet makes you feel anxious.
- You notice if you skip a meal and feel like you should really eat even if you’re not hungry, just in case you get hungry later on.
Type C Eating Personality:
This is the type that needs to be careful. Don’t start fasting until you’ve read more information and know the importance of starting slowly and gradually. This my the type I was when I first started intermittent fasting and, thankfully that has changed thanks to intermittent fasting.
Here’s how to tell if you’re a type C.
- You notice if you skip breakfast and kind feel like you you just have it even if you’re not hungry. ‘Just in case’ you get hungry later on and for some reason don’t have quick access to food.
- You’ve been on many diets, strict ones, fad diets, crash diets, you name it.
- You probably gave up on your diet and over ate or binged on the foods that you restricted.
- You go through or have gone through phases of dieting followed by phases of overeating.
- You feel anxious thinking about going without food for any length of time
- You like to know when and what your next meal will be.
Once you’ve chosen an eating personality type and your Fasting Method you’re ready to get started.
Type A‘s can get started with any fasting style straight away.
Pick any of the methods you like and go for it! But just be aware if you overeat before or after your fasts then think about building up gradually over two weeks until you reach your goal. E.g. if you’re doing 24 hour fasts, start with 2 x 20 hour fasts for your first week.
Type B‘s might have to start at a slower pace.
I recommend building up your fasts gradually over two weeks just to make sure that you don’t overeat before and after each fast. E.g. if you’re doing 24 hour fasts, start with 2 x 20 hour fasts for your first week, then 2 x 22 hour fasts for your second week. Or if you’re fasting daily then just start with alternate days in your first week.
Type C‘s will need to be cautious.
You’ll need to take it slowly if you want to have long lasting, weight loss results. It’s worth getting it right rather than trying to lose weight as fast as possible. Starting too quickly might trigger over eating or binge eating which can undo your progress.
If this happens, you might have to rethink your fasting method as well as how frequently you do them for a few weeks until you can get through your fasts without overeating.
For more information you can find example fasting plans here.