Welcome back to the podcast! Today, we have a SPECIAL episode for you guys, talking with Gin Stephens about intermittent fasting questions and her latest book, Fast, Feast, Repeat: The Comprehensive Guide to Delay, Don’t Deny. Gin has been living the intermittent fasting lifestyle since 2014. This lifestyle shift allowed her to lose over 80 lbs. and launch her intermittent fasting website, four Facebook support groups, four self-published books, and two top-ranked podcasts–Intermittent Fasting Stories and The Intermittent Fasting Podcast. Gin graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program (2019). She earned a Doctor of Education degree in Gifted and Talented Education (2009), a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences (1997), and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (1990). She taught elementary school for 28 years, and has worked with adult learners in a number of settings.
This one says the one meal a day diet is a form of dieting, where you fast forward twenty three hours and eat for the same one hour window each day. That’s what I’ve read online. But I’ve seen other people who say that they seem like their one meal a day as somewhere around four hours, but they still call it one meal a day. I’m confused. Can you explain?
Well, you know, if you want to do twenty three one do twenty three one. I think we get too caught up in defining, you know, I mean who cares what what you call what you’re doing. Right. You know, I consider myself to eat one meal a day and this is how I think about it. If I if you asked any, you know, elementary school student how many meals a day are there, they would say three, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have three defined meals a day. And so if you structure your eating window around only one of the main meals, I consider that you’re doing one meal a day, for example. How does that look for me? Well, I do not eat at a normal breakfast time. I do not eat at a normal lunch time. Or, you know that the typical breakfast time, lunch time, all of my eating around the typical dinner time. So what it might look like for me is around 4:00 in the afternoon.
I mean, we would all agree that 4:00 is not typical lunchtime. Right. That’s closer to the dinner hour, especially if you’re retired old retired people go into the early dinners. But I’ll have what you might consider to be an appetizer course or a snack around 4:00. And then I’ll start cooking my dinner around 6:00 p.m. here, the main course, and then I’ll have my main course. But it was still all just one meal. Maybe I eat it in a two hour window. Maybe it’s a five hour window. But it was the amount of food that you would have if you went to a restaurant and you had one meal just spread out over a longer period of time. You know, I am in maintenance and I’ve been here for years and I can’t cram enough food into a one hour eating window to meet my needs for the day. I can’t eat enough food, but I’ve always considered myself to be one meal a day. I eat one actual meal.
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