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I write a lot about IF, and sometimes I make my personal IF habit seem pretty easy — not eating until 4 PM.
Well, it really isn’t all that hard, because when you make a decision to just “turn off the valve,” it’s pretty simple. You just stop eating.
If you’re like me, if the act of eating is “open” for the entire day, then the act of eating becomes an obsession for the entire day.
For some reason, “turning off the valve” makes it pretty easy to just stop eating.
Whether you believe in wholesome (paleo, primal, low carb) food or not, the most effective way to becoming lean is still by eating fewer calories.
So whether your choice of food leaves you with appetite suppression or appetite stimulation, eating less is almost always easier when you turn off the valve.
For me, merely stop eating for a period is much, much easier than eating multiple smaller meals all day or going on a strict diet of limited food choices — both of which have been shown repeatedly to eventually destabilize to bigger meals or to the re-introduction of off-limit items.
Diets have been shown to eventually fail in the majority of the dieters.
A lower calorie intake, on the other hand, has been shown to be the single greatest factor in health, leanness, and longevity, as demonstrated through the generations in many cultures. (Yes, even in cultures whose diets include an appreciable amount of carbohydrates.)
The point is: whether you chose wholesome food or processed, turning off the valve makes calorie control easier and sustainable. In other words, intermittent fasting makes getting lean and staying lean easier.
Have you found an easier way to sustainably lower calorie intake?