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  • Cat-Like_Reflexes commented on Kreat0r's instructable A Best kept secret to Losing weight10 months ago
    A Best kept secret to Losing weight

    I'm with you here, mickryobe. There was a comment here that must have been deleted, but it implied that people who have diabetes could've prevented it by eating less food. Many folks with diabetes didn't choose to get it. Some have a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes, and some have had type 1 diabetes since childhood. So, even with the best lifestyle and dietary choices, the disease may not be avoidable for everyone.There are certainly cases where continuously making poor decisions, i.e. poor diet and lack of exercise over many years, has led to type 2 diabetes in adults. Unfortunately, for most with a diabetes diagnosis, I believe that the risk of serious conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, would contraindicate fasting. For myself, though I am slim with a healthy BMI, I ...see more »I'm with you here, mickryobe. There was a comment here that must have been deleted, but it implied that people who have diabetes could've prevented it by eating less food. Many folks with diabetes didn't choose to get it. Some have a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes, and some have had type 1 diabetes since childhood. So, even with the best lifestyle and dietary choices, the disease may not be avoidable for everyone.There are certainly cases where continuously making poor decisions, i.e. poor diet and lack of exercise over many years, has led to type 2 diabetes in adults. Unfortunately, for most with a diabetes diagnosis, I believe that the risk of serious conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, would contraindicate fasting. For myself, though I am slim with a healthy BMI, I have non-diabetic hypoglycemia and I experience dizziness, confusion, etc. if I do not eat regularly. Since I have to be able to function, fasting for this long is not an option. So, I appreciate your insight, Kreat0r, but I am not so sure that it's for everyone. As for your advice about the benefits of skipping breakfast, I respectfully disagree on a purely anecdotal basis. The scientific research on the topic appears to be inconclusive at the moment, but I personally need a healthy boost in the morning. Perhaps it's one of those things that depends on what you choose, e.g. pancakes drenched in syrup (bad) vs. a veggie/fruit smoothie (good). Although weight loss is awesome, I think a better goal is to conscientiously nourish our organ and tissue systems with nutrient-dense food. Also, I'm pretty sure that pregnant and nursing women should not fast... However, I'm not a dietitian or a physician, so please ask your trusted, credentialed healthcare professional.

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