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The more we read about weight loss, the smarter we believe we are about losing weight. We believe that we understand the complex interaction between food and metabolism, between what, when and how we eat and their effect on weight loss.
And so we’re smug, we write blogs, we preach, we vomit data impregnated with associative or causal relationships, and we interpret them into “mechanisms” that make us fat, and “solutions” that make us lean.
But when we finally turn to the mirror and look at the End Point data, the condition of our body, we realize that all this knowledge hasn’t done much for us.
That’s because we micromanage the small stuff, like drinking cold water to boost metabolism, or taking fish oil to accelerate weight loss — rather than taking care of the meaningful stuff that’s been shown to impact the shape of our body and the state of our health.
Like: finding a way to eat less.
Like: move around more.
Of course, eating whole, real food may make it easier to consume fewer calories and it helps us control hunger, but it appears that the use of intermittent fasting also gets us there just as effectively, independent of food composition and quality.
First, the proper use of intermittent fasting results in the consumption of fewer calories. Second, intermittent fasting allows us to face and overcome the sensation of hunger, (by identifying emotional and environmental triggers). You can say that achieving the latter strengthens the former.
Of course, long-time readers of The Lean Saloon know that I encourage choosing mostly whole, real food because it tends to be calorie-sparse while nutrient-dense; but ultimately, intermittent fasting can also get you there without obsessing over whole, real food while preserving the freedom of food choice.
Think of cultures around the world that eat their share of grains, breads, and food otherwise dense in calories, like olive oil, animal fats, and even ethnic sweets, yet don’t suffer obesity or overweight. The thing they have in common? Eating style. They don’t overeat. Many eat slowly, each meal a ritual of deliberate social occasion. Some even eat just 2 meals a day as a cultural norm.
Keep it simple. Find a way to eat less. Intermittent fasting makes it doable.