Intermittent fasting may not be the best way to lose weight, new study suggests. Certainly can't be "better" than complete starvation.
Starvation isn't a long term solution either. Your body won't let you endlessly under eat, eventually releasing hormones to make sure you over eat to make up for the under eating. Calorie counting in general doesn't work, which is why it's the #1 recommended way to lose weight - because customers just keep coming back and pay for plans, and supplements, and diet meals. It's the perfect business model for the fitness and diet industry, or as other people might call it, a scam.
And it seems that this linked study has either fallen for the same trick or is doing the same trick. 3 weeks and 36 people won't allow the anti-starvation mechanism in the body to kick in. It's basically impossible to infer any long term solution from that study.
Also notice how it's being called "weight-loss", and not fat-loss. Nobody actually wants to lose muscle, bone density, brain matter, water weight. And yet when you starve, these things happen on a poor "weight-loss" diet. If you want to lose fat, and preserve the rest of your body, then How Not To DIET
by Michael Greger MD spells it out very clearly:
1) eat more fiber - aim for 100g a day (fiber feeds gut bacteria, gut bacteria create short chain fatty acids, and short chain fatty acids tell the brain that you are full)
2) eliminate sources of saturated fat, because saturated fat (coconut oil, palm oil, cocao butter, dairy, cheese, eggs, meat, fish, chicken) inflames your hypothalamus and then your brain stops sending out the "I'm full
3) fill your stomach with large size food that is also low calorie, but high in nutrients (water, vegetables, potatoes, beans, rice, oats). E.g. bean burrito, chickpea satay curry, lentil dahl, pasta (whole meal) bake, mashed potatoes, soups, stews, chilli's. http://lanimuelrath.com/500-recipes-for-mcdougall-maximum-weight-loss-diet/
good video about calorie density here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CdwWliv7Hg
There's another 18 extra bullet points, but these 3 are the main ones.
Eat like that and you are never hungry, and willpower trying to fight your body's hormones never comes into it. These foods are super satisfying and filling. But the main take away is, that you can eat like this for the rest of your life, instead of yo-yo dieting, and progressively gaining more fat, feeling bad for failing, then trying something more extreme each time.
If you want a book that isn't so dry to read, then Penn Jillette wrote one about his approach to the above way of eating. Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
The guy was fat most of his life, but is no longer.
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