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Is Intermittent Fasting Magic Or Bullshit?

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As it turns out, neither. Intermittent fasting gets a lot of attention because of how it's pitched. I
 

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October 22 · Issue #114 · View online
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As it turns out, neither.
Intermittent fasting gets a lot of attention because of how it’s pitched. It’s a simple (that’s true) and science-based (that’s still unproven) approach to staying slim for a lifetime.
As with most diets, (yep, that’s what it is) it’s been inflated by creating complex and unproven theories to support the why. Dr. Fung bears some of the responsibility for this with his book, The Obesity Code. Here’s what Harvard had to say on his cited research.
I tried it for a week out of curiosity. In fairness, I never intended to make it permanent, I like my system. My impression was that it works, but for a very simple reason: I ate less.
That’s not a popular opinion. Intermittent fasting claims are wild and far reaching about why it works (hormones! evolution!). So, I was thrilled when Dr. Davis tackled this subject in her newsletter.
It’s one construct of many to help people navigate a world that can’t stop offering food. And, there’s nothing wrong with that. My system is a construct, Noom is too. The trick is to pick the one you can live with the rest of your life, not the one that produces the fastest results.
Personally, I couldn’t intermittent fast for more than a few days. My stomach hurt by noon, and my workouts suffered.
I wrote in my introduction to the Not Another Diet series:
There is no easy and quick answer to the problem of maintaining a healthy weight in the modern world. We aren’t tackling systemic issues like food quality, helping people have lives that offer time to exercise and cook, and making sure there is access to safe pedestrian and biking spaces so we can move often and freely.
My advice is to pick a system that feels good and doesn’t leave you deprived. Simple, yet complex.

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