If you’ve ever hit CTRL-ALT-DELETE you know what a soft-reboot is. Basically your computer is acting funny and you want to start over; CTRL-ALT-DELETE allows you to restart your computer under software control in a (mostly) orderly manner.
But every once in a while the three-finger salute doesn’t work. You push the three magic keys over and over and yet your computer stubbornly refuses to respond. Now it’s time for the hard reboot. This is when you force a restart by pulling the plug or by pushing the power button down.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a hard reboot of your endocrine system. Prolonged fasting will lower your blood glucose, amino acids, and fat which can be beneficial to you in very narrow circumstances. It’s an extreme measure that you should not take without first attempting a soft reboot.
Whether or not you are ready for a hard reboot depends on your answers to the following questions:
☐ I don’t eat grain, sugar, legumes, or dairy
☐ I sleep 8+ hours per night
☐ I work out hard 3+ days per week
☐ I regularly consume fish oil
☐ I am satisfied with my body composition
If you answered no to any of these, then you shouldn’t do IF. There is no wiggle-room here. You must answer yes to ALL the questions. If not, don’t even bother.