I’m not really supposed to be here.
Not really, anyway.
I’m supposed to be in med school right now, probably in my second year, likely somewhere still on the west coast. I’m supposed to be on track to become an orthopedic surgeon. I’m supposed to be staying up late into the night, eyes straining as I study my textbooks, nursing the third cold sore this month that I’ve developed under my lip from all the stress of performing well academically. I’m supposed to be sure-footed of my ways, of where my career is headed, of what my next 20 years will look like.
Except I’m not.
If you spend time wandering around fitness and nutrition websites, you’ve probably heard some mention of intermittent fasting. The first time, you may have laughed to yourself at the concept. I mean, aren’t we all intermittently fasting every time there’s not actually food in our mouths? Oh, you. You’re so clever.
Dig a little deeper, and it’s hard not to be a little intrigued by fasting, if only because the people who love it seem to really love it; and people who don’t love it often talk about it like it’s unimaginable. The pro-fasters say they feel better than they ever have, and point to a wide range of improved health markers. The opponents scoff. The intensity on both sides is enough to make anybody wonder which side they’d take if they gave it a shot.
But where to start? How do the varieties of fasting systems compare? Won’t you, like, starve to death?
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Sohee Lee, NSCA-CSCS is a personal trainer, online coach and writer. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in human biology from Stanford University, she interned at Cressey Performance before her current position at Peak Performance as a performance coach. She specializes in women’s fat loss and the fitness mindset.