|Posted on August 26, 2017 at 10:10 AM|
The next several posts focus on the tricks that I've uncovered in the research that can help you with weight loss. I'll post them one at a time because you should try them one at a time. Trying all of them at once might be overwhelming, but in the end, you can use as many as work for you.
How important is breakfast? Probably not as important as you think. Inspite of the American Heart Association's claim that there's a link between skipping breakfast and a strong risk for heart disease, the evidence is weak. The claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is credited to cereal and bacon companies.
If you're one of those folks who is not hungry in the morning, you're in luck. If you don't get hungry until late morning, consider it a win. Here's why:
The more time that passes in between eating, the more chance your body has to empty fat stores so that you can lose weight. It works like this. When you eat more than your body needs at that time, your body stores the extra calories -- in the liver as glycogen and in the adipose tissue as fat. As your body needs calories, it draws first on the liver stores, and only when the liver's empty, it draws on the fat stores.
With a 7-8 hour overnight fast, your body has most likely depleted the liver of glycogen and has already begun to work on the fat stores. But when you take your first bite of food, the fat burning stops, because your body now has calories handy. And again, any extra calories from your snack or meal will be stored in the liver and in the adipose tissue.
This is intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting can be done several ways, but all require going extensive lengths of time without food. The only thing that you eat or drink during the fasting time is water. This fasting technique is referred to as 16:8 intermittent fasting. You abstain from food for 16 hours, and you eat two meals and perhaps a snack at some point in the eight remaining hours. Other kinds of intermittent fasting include fasting one day a week or fasting for three or four consecutive days every three months.
Try it for yourself! Finish your evening meal by 7:00 pm. Have nothing to eat during the night, and go about your morning without food. At 11am or so, eat a big breakfast. Fruit, cereal, and toast, are great choice. Have a mid-day snack if you need, and eat a light dinner. Vegetable-bean chili or soup, salad, vegetables, and other grains work really well. Drink plenty of water. You'll be surprised how easy it can be and how light and energetic you'll feel.
*** Note: If you take insulin or medications that lower your blood sugar by increasing insulin production, or any kind of medication that could result in low blood sugar by not eating, contact your doctor first for his or her go ahead with fasting.