I hover around the forums of a couple of different bodybuilding sites, and noticed on one in particular that a trend seemed to be developing- one which did nothing but confuse me. It seems that IF’ing has become an increasingly popular dietary approach amongst individuals who are attempting to overcome an Eating Disorder.
So, what gives? Why would anyone with a messed-up attitude towards eating think that adopting another abnormal approach was the way to go to getting back to normal? And why would they use it to actually help them gain weight, rather than lose it?
If someone with no issues regarding food chose to IF, then fine, whatever, it seems to work (to certain degrees) but can someone help me understand why a recovering anorexic would shun the idea of eating normally in favour of adopting what would simply be another unorthodox approach to eating?[/quote]
What’s abnormal about intermittent fasting? [/quote]
What I’m saying is that it’s a dietary approach which has only really come into light recently; had the thought of fasting during the day and only eating within a small timeframe not been suggested, do you think that anyone (not even anorexics) would have thought “Seems like a good idea, I’ll try that!”? To an anorexic, regardless of whether or not they have bodybuilding aspirations, I would have thought an normal approach to eating would involve eating throughout the day and not restricting themselves food outside of a feeding window (as their whole eating disorder has revolved around food restriction.) Eating 5-6 times a day is more or less normal for the majority of the population, even if they’re not bodybuilders ( breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack,) it’s just that bodybuilders ‘portion’ out the amounts throughout each. Strictly speaking, it seems to be a more ‘normal’ approach, though I’m not saying that a recovering anorexic should follow the bodybuilding idea of portioning.
According to your line of thinking, then it’s “normal” to not engage in much serious physical activity considering most people don’t go to a gym, and if they go, don’t even know how to exercise correctly.
It’s also normal to be fat considering that 60+% of our population is fat.
I don’t think eating 5 to 6 times per day is normal according to your or my thinking. I gave up that way of eating several months ago, and I’m glad I did. I’m now surprised that me being a dietitian with degrees in nutrition, that I actually fell for the whole “stoking the metabolism” shit for so goddamn long. Most people can’t or don’t desire to eat that many times per day. When I used to advise people to do it, they would always-repeat ALWAYS- say, “I don’t have time to eat like that,” or “I’m at work all day; I can’t just stop and eat every three hours.” Sometimes they would come flat out and say, “NOT DOING IT!”
There is NOTHING wrong with having control of what you eat. Just because anorexics desire to control their food intake and their dietitian and doctor, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have control of what what us non-anorexics eat. Actually, when I consumed 5 to 6 meals per day, it felt like food was controling ME! I was never satisfied after eating a meal, and before I knew it, I had to eat another meal. By the way, people around me - co-workers, family, friends, women - found this very, VERY annoying.
Anorexics have psychological and psychiatric issues that have little to do with an eating PATTERN. A pattern is besides the point, whether it’s 2 or 6 meals per day. I believe that’s what you don’t understand. There are people who one or two large meals per day who aren’t anorexic.