Starvation Versus Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has been often confused with the idea of ‘starving’ yourself to lose weight. One is an excellent part of a controlled way of approach and the other is unhealthy and unwise. People starve themselves by eating little to nothing in an attempt to control their ‘out of control’ relationship with food. This is usually a rash decision. Starvation is a bad idea that always ends in disappointment and worsening the ability to control their food choices. To simply stop eating and go into an uncontrolled fast is not good for you. This approach can actually be quite painful, hormonally unwise, and debilitating to the body’s entire system.  

Why we eat the way that we do

The way we eat usually comes from a long history of being taught how to eat. The culture around us which is made up of our parents, friends, and sometimes even the TV, show us what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. Tragically, in our modern society, a sedentary lifestyle that often concludes a day with Netflix and unhealthy snacking creates a skewed view of health. We eat food that is convenient but does not provide nutrition. And then we wonder why we are unhealthy. So, the question is: Why can’t we simply stop eating to solve this problem?  

Eating less? Or not eating at all?

Eating less is not the problem. Even eating a lot less is not the problem. It is when we eat nothing that it becomes a problem.  


When a body experiences starvation, it will begin to consume its stored nutrition – but not from the famine fat cells, otherwise known as the visceral fat cells. Instead, the body begins to consume fat that is stored in the dermal and structural fat. The body will also react to not having enough food by causing a number of bodily reactions. Some of those reactions are:
  • Hunger
  • Feeling jittery
  • An inability to think clearly
  • Lack of energy
  • Hair loss
  • Sagging skin
This list is not exhaustive, but it is important. Cutting your body off from food is not helpful in the pursuit of weight loss and it is definitely not a good approach to achieve health.  

Intermittent Fasting

In the article, “Fasting Diets Gain Acceptance,” by Anahad O’Connor, Dr. Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist from the National institute on Aging, is interviewed. Dr. Mattson has not eaten three meals a day for approximately 35 years. Dr. Mattson understands the power of intermittent fasting. He limits his meals to a six-hour window during his day and has continued to feel great for years. He states, "I’m not hungry at all in the morning. It’s just a matter of getting used to it." He believes that from an evolutionary perspective, we are designed to limit our food intake to maintain health and well-being.  “Obviously, our ancestors didn’t eat three meals a day plus snacks.” Do we need to eat three square meals a day anymore?  We probably shouldn’t because we don’t work that hard anymore in this country as a whole. There are some in the different service industries still physically working hard but not near to the degree that almost everyone did about a century ago. Therefore, we don’t need the calories that we once might have needed. Our eating habits today are mostly social and therefore not necessarily rational. We do need some calories, though.   

The Skinny Up!® Solution

The Skinny Up!® Protocol is an entirely different way of thinking about intermittent fasting with the help of our weight loss drops and our candida cleanse. The emphasis is on creating an improved environment in the microbiome or gut-brain relationship. Whatever is happening in the gut, the brain is aware of and is actually sickened by as well. The gut cannot make a good decision if it is filled with candida yeast overgrowth. Therefore, the brain cannot make a good decision either. It is affected by candida which demands carbohydrates to be satisfied and to continue growing yeast. Yeast needs carbohydrates to survive. Once infected with a candida overgrowth, it is practically inescapable and self-governing. When this overgrowth gets massive enough, it can take on a life of its own. The brain just acts without the ability to think. Now that’s a craving! Our candida cleanse addresses this issue at the source. Yes, you have to restrict your food intake which is a good thing to begin working on. The twist comes in when we address the yeast overgrowth that thus far has, unwittingly, prevented you from being able to find long term success in your body image and weight control efforts.  

Controlling Yeast Overgrowth

In the Skinny Up!® Protocol, while decreasing the amount of food that you take into the body on a daily basis, you additionally treat the underlying cause of uncontrollable cravings: yeast overgrowth. Yeast overgrowth is generally subtle and does not make itself totally obvious that it exists. The cravings are what make us acutely aware that we want more food, preferably carbohydrates and plenty of them. Our candida cleanse allows for the mild and gentle ease of getting through the withdrawal process from yeast overgrowth and cravings. When we use this strategy along with the concept of intermittent fasting, the process becomes even more clean cut. Starvation is not the answer for weight loss. ‘Toughing it out’ is not the way to address cravings. Intermittent fasting, along with the weight loss drops and candida cleanse offered by Skinny Up!®, allow for sustained weight loss and detoxification for a lifetime.

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