You’re wrong about weight loss, according to Toronto-based nephrologist, Dr. Jason Fung.
For years, calorie counting has been noted as the way to control weight and shed extra pounds. But today, according to Shape, experts agree that calories are not the only holy grail to your ideal figure. Research has discovered a key to loss is timing meals and fasting.
“Stubborn, diet-resistant weight gain isn’t about eating too much or exercising too little; it’s not about excess calories or saturated fat. It is, in fact, a complex hormonal issue,” Fung declared.
Fung claims nightly meals should correspond with your body’s natural hormone fluctuations. He goes on to tell patients to refrain from eating for two non-sequential 24-hour periods each week. While fasting, dieters should enjoy drinking water, green tea, coffee, or broth. This deprivation of food for an extended period allows it to burn fat with less effort, he further claims.
“Instead of searching for some exotic, never-seen-before diet miracle … let’s instead focus on a tried-and-true healing tradition,” writes Fung, a Canadian hospital’s Chief of Medicine and an expert on diabetes with a yearlong waitlist.
Previous reports state fasting can cause the body to survive by eating away at muscle but Fung and others say this is not true. Bodies reportedly use fat deposits to survive. And, a study in which research participants fasted on alternating days for 70 days resulted in an average six percent decrease in body mass, an 11.4 percent drop in body fat, and no changes to muscle mass.
“Your basal metabolic rate goes up [while fasting]. In the caveman days, as soon as you had nothing to eat, the body would give us more energy. The body revs up metabolically,” Fung suggests in response to the suggestion that fasting decreases energy levels.
In his book, “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss”, Dr. Jason Fung outlines his new, revolutionary way to diet and lose weight. He offers patients the following pointers, shared in the New York Post-
Try to fast twice a week. If you feel skipping food may be psychologically difficult, eat dinner one night, then opt out of breakfast and lunch the next day. This schedule will allow you to eat something every day, while still abstaining for a full 24 hours.
During the fast, stick to green tea, water and coffee. Try to consume 2 liters of water, feeling free to add a squeeze of lemon or a little apple cider vinegar for flavor.
A cup of bone broth is also permitted, and will replenish the salt your body loses while not eating. (Lack of salt can lead to headaches.) You can also drink sparkling water instead of still H2O.
If you get hungry, don’t worry. Hunger comes in waves, and the feeling will pass. Try to stay busy.
Keep your fasting to yourself. Others might try to discourage you, thinking the behavior is radical.
Break the fast with a sensible dinner. Think grilled chicken and green beans. Don’t try to stuff your face with all the calories you missed at once.
Your first fast will be tough, but Fung insists it gets easier as your body adapts. Two or three weeks in, you may feel cheery enough to not be tempted to punch that person eating a bagel in front of you.
This fasting trend, sometimes called “sleep dieting”, resolves in one point – give your body at least a 12-hour rest from eating. Stop eating between dinner and breakfast and get some sleep. When you combine fasting with sleep’s ability to lower stress hormones, you optimize your weight loss.
For those curious about new discoveries in weight loss, check out Dr. Fung’s new book on fasting.
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