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Adults Need Only One Main Meal A Day
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:15 am Email this article
Last week an obese patient returned to my office having gained weight instead of losing. She told me I should be “proud of her”.
I asked, “Why?”
She said, “Because I am eating lots of small meals each day.”
I said, “I didn’t tell you to do that.”
She said, “I know, but my friends told me it’s the best way to lose weight.”
There is so much wrong with this. So typical of the United States where people put faith in what people merely say. Americans seek belief, not knowledge. They don’t see the difference.
You don’t need three “square meals” each day. That too is just something people say. In reality an adult needs only one main meal each day. If you are ever going to lose weight and be healthy, there must be long periods of the day in which the insulin is low. If you eat or snack on carbs and sugar all day, the insulin is always high,
The hot topic in the weight-loss biz these days is intermittent fasting, the opposite of what my patient was so proud of. The form of intermittent fasting I recommend is the 8:16, eight hours during which you may eat and sixteen hours in which you fast. I use this as a backup, a plan B in case plan A (the two pills and the ten orders) doesn’t work, but any one can use intermittent fasting first if they wish. Or they can use A and B.
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