It’s fascinating to watch people speak from abject ignorance, never hazarding to run a single scientific experiment themselves. And they will opine with great indignation about fasting and diets which they’ve never really studied or attempted.
I have DONE IT ALL. I did low fat, high fat, keto, paleo, raw vegan, vegetarian, supplemental shakes, purely whole food, carb back loading, IF, sustained fast, cyclical ketogenic dieting, elimination diets, bug eating, anti inflammatory nutrition, macro counting, bodybuilding nutrition, mass gain, cut down, maintenance, performance nutrition, you NAME IT. No seriously. Name one. I’ll try it. And then I’ll make a rather balanced assessment AFTER. Ten thousand client hours later, I’ve got a pretty good dataset from clients as well, all of whom have benefited from varying tactics. No one eating style is my religion. I’m a pragmatist.
Frankly, entomophagy and raw organ meats from humanely treated grass fed herbivores and wild game are probably best. But then we get into the debate about convenience, sentience, ethics, sustainability and what people WILL DO.
Regardless of where you are trying to cast your lot, remember, you could just NOT EAT. There are hundreds of thousands (if you’re lean) or millions (if you’re not so lean) of stored calories on your body. You’ll be alright. Really. Your thyroid won’t die. You’ll make glucose just fine. Your lean tissue doesn’t just waste away. The food industry and supplement companies may get a little slow down. That’s about it.
It’s simple. And even if your goal is to get bigger, you’ll get by for a few hours or days here and there throughout the year. Your immune system will thank you.