Intermittent Fasting with Type 1 diabetes

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Intermittent Fasting with Type 1 diabetes

Intermittent fasting…

If you’re into health and fitness you will have heard of Intermittent fasting at some point.

Intermittent fasting is a dieting strategy used by athletes, celebrities, and high performance entrepreneurs to improve health, body composition and mental clarity.

Like any diet, intermittent fasting works as long as you can sustain it.

The concept behind intermittent fasting is simple.

It involves,

  • Periodic bouts of fasting (i.e. going without food and calorie dense drinks)
  • Which leads to reduced meal frequency and a smaller time frame to eat.
  • This gives the dieter an opportunity to eat larger, more filling and satisfying meals in the specific limited time window.
  • Since you can only eat so much at one meal, fewer calories are consumed.
  • This helps prevent fat gain and speeds fat loss (provided your calories are set at the right point) – for how to set your calorie baseline read here for men and for women here.
  • Eating windows can range from 4-12 hours – it all depends on which strategy suits you best (I cover all the different IF strategies inside the members’ site)
  • The fasting periods increase counter regulatory hormones that liberate fuel for body stores for energy and also suppress appetite (win-win for fat loss)

But, what about people with diabetes?

Q. Does it work for us?

Q. Is it dangerous?

Q. How do you manage insulin and blood glucose levels when you fast for hours?

I discuss all of these questions and more in a personal video blog I recorded in Barcelona City earlier this year.

Enjoy.

PS. For those of you who are control freaks about saturated fat and carbs in the diets of people with diabetes, please do your homework and consider my context is different to yours.

Comments

  1. Matthew Reply

    Great video Phil!

    Vacation can be a funny thing. (Especially in America) you may actually be less active on vacation than a normal day, increasing your insulin requirements. It’s hard to know by feel sometimes. One good way to gage it is to look at the step counter on your smart phone or activity watch. Compare your step count to a normal day at home.

    Take care,

    Matt

    1. Phil Graham Reply

      100% Thanks for your interaction Matt!

  2. Jason Reply

    Great video, very informative and helpful, but this has nothing to do with intermittent fasting..?

    Im type 1, been intermittent fasting for over a month, I find my body produces more energy from meals as I don’t eat for long periods of time afterwards, the body literally holds on to the food. I find it harder to control as they spike higher than usual so I don’t know how much insulin to take.

    Glad I’ve found this website and I will be following.