“ Intermittent fasting pokes intermittent holes in calorie intake. Reduced calorie intake is the key to weight loss — always.”

I don’t believe this is true. The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung gives an alternative explanation of why fasting works. In short, it helps improve insulin sensitivity. Also, he points out that restricting calories only works in the short run, and that the metabolism will adjust to long-term shortages, with disastrous consequences. He points to an obesistat, or body set weight, that gets recalibrated when one restores one’s insulin sensitivity, and that the body will burn extra calories of its own volition to achieve the set weight. I’ve found this to be true from experience. I’ve been eating a very low carbohydrate diet combined with intermittent fasting (eating only during an eight-hour window each day). I eat just as much as I always did during that time (I also eat until I’m completely sated), and I experience less hunger than prior to this diet regimen. I’ve also lost 36 pounds since July 4th of this year. I realize this may be contrary to everything you’ve learned on the subject before, but until I adopted this theory of metabolism, my weight stubbornly remained high. I would recommend The Obesity Code solely for its originality, but also can do so on the basis of personal results.

PS — No, I do not work for Dr. Fung.

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