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  • bkovco commented on Kreat0r's instructable A Best kept secret to Losing weight1 month ago
    A Best kept secret to Losing weight

    Your doctor surely means well, but making a blanket statement about blood-sugar fluctuations and meal timing is meaningless unless you personally are measuring your blood-sugar levels. If you fast, your blood sugar levels will naturally drop but this is not a problem unless you are diabetic or insulin sensitive. Also, the vast majority of westerners eat breakfast foods that are very high in refined sugar and low quality carbohydrates which itself creates an unhealthy spike in blood sugar levels.The drop in blood sugar is where your body moves from burning carbohydrates/sugar for fuel and switches to burning fat reserves and for most people it takes >10hours to reach this state which is the principle behind fasting for 16 hours then eating in an 8 hour window. The short-term benefits ...see more »Your doctor surely means well, but making a blanket statement about blood-sugar fluctuations and meal timing is meaningless unless you personally are measuring your blood-sugar levels. If you fast, your blood sugar levels will naturally drop but this is not a problem unless you are diabetic or insulin sensitive. Also, the vast majority of westerners eat breakfast foods that are very high in refined sugar and low quality carbohydrates which itself creates an unhealthy spike in blood sugar levels.The drop in blood sugar is where your body moves from burning carbohydrates/sugar for fuel and switches to burning fat reserves and for most people it takes >10hours to reach this state which is the principle behind fasting for 16 hours then eating in an 8 hour window. The short-term benefits (weight loss, better sleep) and long-term benefits (less disease, longer life, healthier end of life) of Intermittent Fasting (IF) have been well studied, google 'Intermittent Fasting' and you will find lots of information.The anti-inflamatory effects of the Paleo diet are well documented.For our Paleo ancestors, intermittent fasting was simply how they lived as they only ate when they were able to hunt or when whatever plants they could gather were in season. On the timeline of modern human evolution, we have been farmers for a very small fraction of evolutionary path, so our bodies genetically still respond well to fasting.There is lots of very good information out there so happy, err, hunting :-)

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