What is Data-Driven Fasting?
Data-Driven Fasting is the first of its kind: a personalized approach to intermittent fasting that uses data to guide your daily fasting routine.
Traditional intermittent fasting approaches rely on prescribing you a particular eating window.
Here is a growing list of popular intermittent fasting protocols that don’t use data to guide your daily fasting decisions.
- Michael Mosely’s 5:2 diet
- Hugh Jackman’s 16:8
- 20:4, 14:10 protocols
- OMAD, 2MAD
- Kiefer’s Carb Back-Loading and Carb Nite
- Lyle McDonald’s TKD or CKD
- Bert Herring’s Fast Five
- Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat
- Ori Hofmekler’s Warrior Diet
- Martin Berkham’s Lean Gains
- Valter Longo’s Fast Mimicking Diet
All of these approaches force you into certain eating patterns without taking into account whether a person is actually suited for that specific approach.
How is Data Driven Fasting Different?
#1 Popular fasting protocols don’t use data to guide you when you should eat and when to skip a meal.
Most of the protocols were invented from an individual’s personal experience without relying on any hard data.
If someone on Facebook does 16:8 or 20:4 it DOES NOT mean it will work for you.
Without personalisation to the individual, any fasting protocol is almost guaranteed to be unsustainable and result in failure. We realised that this cookie-cutter approach to fasting had to STOP.
Unlike traditional methods of fasting, Data Driven Fasting uses actual data to determine your perfect eating window on a daily basis and ensure you get consistent results.
#2 Popular fasting protocols don’t do anything to retrain your healthy appetite signals so you don’t end up with an eating disorder.
While it’s invaluable to learn that you don’t need to be eating all the time, trying to stick to a fixed calorie target or a rigid eating pattern will drive eating disorders.
You will lose touch with your healthy appetite signals. A quantified approach to mindful eating should be central when practicing intermittent fasting.
#3 Fasting protocols don’t tell you how to correctly break a fast and fill your body with nutrients so you don’t binge later.
Where people most commonly come unstuck with fasting is when they refeed.
“Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.” -George Bernard Shaw
We believe what you eat after you fast is critical to achieving any long term benefit from your sacrifice during your fasting.
Unfortunately, many fasting proponents, with their fear of the short term insulin response to food, actually cause their followers to consume low satiety, energy-dense nutrient-poor foods that leave them in a constant binge/restrict cycle.
Sadly, they continue to lose and regain the same few pounds without achieving the meaningful, long term results they hoped for, in spite of their deprivation and sacrifice.
What data do we use to drive
your fasting needs?
Data Driven Fasting uses 3 primary tools to guide your daily fasting routine.
#1 Glucose Monitor
We take you through the processing of baselining your glucose readings to establish your personalized Trigger Point of when you should start eating.
If your blood glucose reading is below your personalized Trigger Point then you can enjoy a meal. On the other hand, if your glucose reading is above the Trigger value then you’ll be trained to prolong your fast.
If you are not a fan of tracking your blood glucose, we have an option of using your weight trend to guide your daily fasting decisions.
#3 Quantified Mindful Eating
We use a quantified approach to determine whether you are experiencing true hunger or emotional hunger. This approach lets you train your hunger and fullness cues without falling into an eating disorder.
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Data Driven Fasting Team
Marty is an engineer with a passion for nutrition who seeks things numerically.