This article argues that "Women are generally better at counting calories and men are more effective at restricting food groups."
I don't know if I agree. But I've found that I feel great on IF + Paleo. It's also opened up my morning to make me much more productive. I would also add that if you throw some meat, celery, onion, & sweet potato in a slow cooker every morning, this becomes the most cost/time/health effective way to eat I have ever tried. And I've tried a lot, but will keep experimenting.
In answer to whether intermittent fasting is a good idea for males, it would appear that the answer is maybe.
Ramadan fasting (no food or drink from sunrise to sunset) has been shown to increase serum testosterone levels ~ 20% in at least some groups of men:
Note that studies of fasting for longer periods of time (> 24 hrs) generally result in a reduction in testosterone.
It also appears that this type of fasting increases male fertility, potentially via increases in FSH levels: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/01485018608986937
Unfortunately, women's testosterone, LH and FSH levels do not seem to respond to Ramadan at least in mid cycle: http://www.ijfs.ir/library/upload/article/Shahabi.pdf
Obviously, increased testosterone is not necessarily a marker for increased overall health, but it was the only thing I was aware of that might make IF more beneficial for males vs females.
all i know is that i'm at the best body comp that i've ever been at in my life and it's felt effortless and i feel great. i've lost weight losing low carb before but it felt too restrictive. on this plan, it seems more like i have parameters than restrictions. i don't do grains, i don't do sugar, i don't do veggie oil, i eat as organic and whole food as possible; outside of that, you see what your body can deal with for the most part. i'm becoming a very good cook and an overall better person to be around because of this- and im looking better and better naked :)
I think it's the ultimate diet for guys AND gals and my mother agrees. We've both tried restricting calories and we both agree that it sucks. However, before paleo, neither of us knew there could be an easier way.
I think Paleo is a fantastic way of eating. As far as "diets" go, whether it is appropriate for someone depends on what their issues are. If I had tried this 6 years ago, it would not have worked for me. I had to go through the calorie restriction and food logging phases to get a handle on my binge eating. The unweighed/unmeasured Paleo would have been a nightmare for me. The ability to conjure up excuses to eat too much dark chocolate, honey and nuts alone in a binge would have not have helped my situation.
Though, I am not a "guy". ;)
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