Originally Posted by joe waguespack
The whole "metabolism slows" thing kind of worries me. I always thought that was a bad thing. What happens if you IF for a while to shed excess fat and then return to "normal" eating schedules for whatever reason. Will you add fat easier since you return to a regular eating schedule with a slowed metabolism? Or once you up the calories does the metabolism adjust quickly. Also , does the slowed metabolism only occur due to caloric restriction or is it a result of the IF?
Metabolism slows isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just makes it easier to gain weight or lose weight if you wanted. For example, back on a regular eating schedule you just have to eat a bit less than usual to maintain which is actually a good thing (use less money to buy food). Plus, it makes it easier to gain mass again if you need to as you don't have to cram as much food down as you can. Basically, makes life a lot easier in general.
It's more or less a caloric restriction thing.. and IF gets it from the long(er) windows without food where your body adjusts to become more efficient with it's nutrients and a bit slower metabolism (that's two different things btw).