Fasting isn’t for everyone, but I believe our ‘skipping a meal’ protocol is safe for most when they follow our guidelines.
However, there are a few people who simply shouldn’t fast, and definitely not without medical supervision:
1. Those currently taking medication
2. Anyone with a history of eating disorders
3. If you’re pregnant
4. Anyone under extreme levels of stress
5. Anyone who currently struggles with a sleep disorder
If you’re currently taking any medication then it’s best to seek your doctor’s advice. Fasting combined with a low carbohydrate diet have delivered extraordinary results for type-2 diabetics in recent studies. But, if you’re curious about fasting to help manage your diabetes, you should consult your specialist first.
Those with a history of eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder) should work on their relationship with food, and avoid fasting all-together. For our clients with such histories, we work on eating plans that deliver regular, balanced meals to avoid perpetuating a binge/purge cycle.
During pregnancy, your key aim is to stay nourished and maintain a healthy weight. Before embarking on any of the protocols listed herein whilst pregnant, consult your doctor to see if fasting could support or improve your nutrition and weight profile.
If you’re under extreme stress, or if external stress builds up whilst fasting, we suggest breaking your fast as outlined in the previous sections, and starting again once external stressors decrease.
Sleep disorders affect your hormonal balance, especially your cortisol (stress) hormone, and adding more stress into your system isn’t advised.
Please understand that people facing any of the above situations should be focusing on improving the quality of the nutrients they consume, doing exercise commensurate with their ability, and improving the amount of quality sleep they’re getting, all of which are vital for long-term physical and mental health.
If you'd like to learn more about fasting, which type of fasting method is best for you and how to fast correctly, check out The Fasting Playbook for more.