#116: Is Long-Term Fasting for Women a Good Idea with Dr. Stephanie Estima

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What we’re talking about in this episode!

  • The differences between short- and long-term fasting and their benefits
  • Why putting stress on your body can sometimes be a good thing
  • The lack of scientific literature around fasting protocols for women 
  • Factors to consider when contemplating if intermittent fasting is right for you
  • Which type of fasting is the safest for women and tips to ensure your success

Episode Summary

Have you tried intermittent fasting and not gotten the results you expected? Today, my guest Dr. Stephanie Estima is here to explain the benefits and concerns surrounding intermittent fasting for women and provide you with an exact recipe to have a successful experience.

Embracing intermittent fasting and a ketogenic diet can help improve your cellular longevity, mitochondrial function, and even help you gain more sustainable energy. Sounds great, right? But it must be done in a way that supports your body, fits your lifestyle, and ultimately compliments your inner rhythm. 

Dr. Stephanie is here to enlighten us with her wealth of knowledge on the topic of intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet specifically for women. Her advice will guide you to understand exactly what messages your body is sending you so you can help your body work better. 

When done correctly, intermittent fasting can be a great way to reap positive benefits in your health and energy. Learn practical tips like why you can work out when fasting, why eating before bed is a very bad idea, how to fast according to your menstrual cycle, and so much more on this episode. 

Have you experimented with intermittent fasting? Let us know how you are listening to your body throughout the process in the comments below!


“We already have built-in mechanisms for you to go without food. So this is a little bit of a mindset shift for anybody that has never done fasting before because we are marketed in a completely different way.” (20:12)

“There are so many kinds of multi-modal things that go into this, but as a general blanket rule, I generally don’t like long term fasting for females.” (29:12)

“It’s this idea of just checking in with your body, listening to what your body is telling to you, and being okay with it.” (35:08)

“There’s no right or wrong way to do it, it’s just what fits your lifestyle because that’s the biggest predictive thing of success. (42:57)

Resources Mentioned

Free Quick Start Guide to Fasting and Keto

Intermittent and Crescendo Fasting by Dr. Mariza

Dr. Stephanie Estima Website

Follow Dr. Stephanie on Facebook | Instagram

Read Dr. Stephanie’s Medium Articles Here

Follow Dr. Mariza’s Virtual Book Club on Facebook | Instagram

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3 Responses to #116: Is Long-Term Fasting for Women a Good Idea with Dr. Stephanie Estima

  1. Cherilyn August 14, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    As I learn more about fasting one thing that is rarely addressed is whether to do it dry or with water, coffee, etc. this probably applies more to the 24 hour fast but I’m still curious overall what is recommended for the liquid intake.

  2. Elena Haskell December 8, 2020 at 10:37 am #

    Thank you for all do to help woman. I’m enjoying your podcasts. I’m hoping to get your book for Christmas!!

    I’ve tried intermittent fasting a tiny bit but haven’t really noticed any benefits at this point. I probably need to stick with it longer.

    Thanks again!

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