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 came up with these types after finding that so many women had different experiences with fasting. Some found it a breeze could fast every day with no effort. And some had a binge after their very first fast and couldn’t bring themselves to fast again.
And it all came down to one thing. Whether or not you’ve dieted before and how strict those diets were.
Obviously these are two extremes and there other levels between breezy and binge eating, but it’s important to know where you’re at so that you don’t cause any undesired effects like weight gain (yes that can happen!) disordered eating or eating disorders, and to make sure you get the best results.
So, let’s recap on these types:
Type A Eating Personality:
Type A’s are the lucky ones and you will probably find fasting a breeze and be saying “what’s the big deal?” to the rest of us while we struggle to get through.
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 probably never really been on a ‘diet’ before.
- You don’t have any anxious feelings towards the idea of fasting and going without food for a set period of time.
- This personality type tends to be mainly men but can also be women who have had no history of strict dieting.
Type B Eating Personality:
Here’s how to tell if you’re a type B.
- You notice if you skip breakfast and prefer to have it even if you’re not hungry ‘just in case’ you get hungry later on and for some reason don’t have access to food.
- You feel uncomfortable knowing that you might have to skip a meal and ‘wait until later’.
- You’ve probably been on a diet before and didn’t enjoy it at all. The thought of going on another diet makes you feel anxious.
- This personality type can be both men and women who have dieted before.
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, I’m not any more! Thanks to intermittent fasting.
Here’s how to tell if you’re a type C.
- You have tried many strict, fad diets, crash diets before, and have tried banning certain foods or entire food groups from your diet altogether.
- You probably gave up your diet and over ate or binged on the foods you restricted.
- You go through or have gone through phases of dieting and overeating.
- You feel anxious thinking about going without food for any length of time
- You tend to never skip a meal and you eat when you’re not hungry or if you feel emotional.
- You like to know when and what your next meal will be.
- This type of personality tends to be more women than men, very focused individuals who put a lot of time and effort into researching their weight management. These tend to be more analytical types who meticulously chart progress and are very hard on themselves if they don’t achieve the often unattainable goals they set for themselves.
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.