Not sure if this question has been asked yet, but here goes:
I normally RF (Regularly Fasting) everyday. I begin eating at 3-4pm, and stop around 11 or 12 at night. I seem to have been coasting on a major plateau for about 4 or 5 months now, after strictly adopting this protocol. I am definitely becoming leaner than I previously was before Paleo, albeit very slowly.
I was wondering if having a few consecutive "Feast Days" i.e. with no set eating schedule, caloric overload of safe Paleo foods would jump start my metabolism, and tell my brain via hormones that I'm not in a set of "famine circumstances" and that burning stored body-fat is optimal. I recall maybe Stephen-Aegis or Travis Culp mentioning this about plateau busting, here on PH sometime ago.
I've had a similar result where my body seems to go into fat-burning overdrive if I have a large cheat, or over eat SAD foods the previous few days. Again, this could just be that I tend to shun rich foods if I've cheated or have rhinitis-type allergic reactions to gluten (aka sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, etc...) and avoid food.
I'm wondering if I can achieve the same effect with Paleo foods. What is the science behind this? Does it work? Should I regard IF/RF as a maintenance protocol rather than a "leaning out" angle of attack once I've reached a certain level of fitness?
Clarification - this is not a cheat day question. I'm not advocating pizza or going off the rails with a gluten bomb...I'm simply asking if adding more Paleo-safe calories, say going from 2,000-3,000 calories daily while RFing, to a few days of 6-8,000 cals will have any effect on burning fat, and what the ratios of those meals should be.