Eat your favourite taboo foods, loose weight and live longer.
Perhaps this statement sounds like a marketing gimmick for a new diet product or like wishful thinking, but definitely to good to be true.
Think again because, as true as Bob, this has nothing to do with clever marketing and idle promises!
Advances in the science of nutrition have proved that weekly fasting periods mean that one does not have to diet every day. Perhaps this week you want to diet on Monday and Wednesday only, while you eat what you like on the other five days and still lose weight in a healthy way. If you like, you can plan to diet on two other days next week. Outrageous? Not at all.
Various diets that recommend regular fasting periods are causing a sensation worldwide.
Even the Banting king himself, Professor Tim Noakes, recently admitted in a report in Lose It! magazine that he fasts from time to time. He also recommends fasting periods for those who are on a high-fat low-carbohydrate diet and are still struggling to get rid of obstinate fat.
For a fasting diet to work, it does not mean that one should eat nothing at all on your fasting days, only that you should drastically curtail your carbohydrate intake. And the health benefits offered by this lifestyle are even more impressive than successful weight loss.
Annchen Weidemann, a specialist dietician from Pinelands who will shortly be publishing a comprehensive book on this subject, says that current research has shown that a fasting lifestyle is the most effective and safest way to alleviate the Western world’s health problems.
A person who fasts regularly runs a very low risk of developing degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers because fasting periods protect brain cells. According to Weidemann regular fasting periods prevent dormant cancer sells from becoming active and this has been proved especially in cases of breast cancer.
During a fasting period metabolic changes such as an increase in growth hormones take place and even in people of normal weight a fasting lifestyle leads to a benificial change in body composition, i.e. less fat and more muscle.
“It is totally unfounded to think that fasting slows down one’s metabolism. Exactly the opposite happens,” says Weidemann.
And although one may eat well and even enjoy a bit of forbidden fun on one’s nonfasting days, Weidemann warns about unhealthy overeating. Be sensible.
People who are starting a fasting lifestyle need not be scared that all of a sudden they are going to change into gluttons on their nonfasting days because regular fasting periods restore the disrupted eating hormone levels that develop in obese people.
Weidemann also says that a healthy fasting lifestyle should not be confused with starvation and malnutrition.
Most people can benefit from this lifestyle, but there are a few exceptions. People who suffer from, inter alia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder type 1 and diabetes should rather avoid this lifestyle. Pregnant women and children under the age of 18 are included in this list of exceptions while further research is being done.
According to Weidemann the only drawback of a fasting lifestyle is some hunger pangs when starting the diet. “But fortunately hunger is not a medical emergency,” she says tongue-in-cheek.
Prof. Amanda Salis from the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders says research has shown that certain forms of fasting can really help us lose weight. She says there is especially strong proof in favour of the so-called “intemittent fasting” – i.e. fasting certain days and eating normally on others.
“About 30 studies looked at these types of diets in healthy, obese or overweight adults. They consistently found that if you limit your energy intake periodically, you will lose weight in time.”
Cassie White: http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2015/04/07/4211764.htm