The Advantages and disadvantags of intermittent fasting

We’ve heard these all before, and we just believe it to be fact simply because the globe passed the word around enough.  More and more, scientific studies and scholars have taken to proving these well heard stories to be nothing but myths, leaving our society in much better shape in more ways than the obvious. It has led to an obese society with chronic problems dealing with thyroid disease, insulin resistance leading to diabetes and leptin resistance, effectively keeping us unhealthy.

Let’s debunk some of these long standing myths right now.

  1. Low intensity exercise burns more fat
    this is untrue, and so easily proven that it’s silly we ever believed this.  The harder you push yourself, the more carbs you burn away.  Once your body burns through those carbohydrate stores however, it’s open season on fat.
  2. Diet soda helps you to lose weight
    this is also untrue, the ingredients in diet soda increases your risk of metabolic syndrome, which is the umbrella term for symptoms that include high levels of belly fat, blood sugar, cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Not only that, but the false sugars used (excluding stevia) actually serve to make you both more hungry and more thirsty.  Leading to the purchase of MORE diet soda, and ingesting more food that leaves you feeling guilty, so even more diet soda.  You see where this is going right?
  3. Eating fat makes you fat, so always count your fat grams
    Fat is an essential part of the nutrients our bodies need for so many things, it aids in digestion, it keeps our skin looking supple, youthful and promotes elasticity, it helps you to heal faster after injury on surface wounds, it keeps your hair shinier, and your nails less brittle.While it’s not alright to eat large amounts of anything, it’s only specific kinds that are truly harmful.  Here’s a breakdown: Monounsaturated fats help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and also boost HDL (good) cholesterol.  Polyunsaturated fats tend to be less stable, and though they can help lower the bad cholesterol, there is also a chance you’re lowering the good kind too. It should be noted that polys tend to be good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is an essential fatty acid that our bodies need, and cannot make on our own.  These omega-3’s fight inflammation and protect the brain and nervous system.  They’re found in cold water fish, nuts, oils, and seeds.  The best oil to cook with remains extra virgin olive oil and canola oil in terms of the least amount of harmful fats.  Also, oil that says “light” on the label is not referring to your waistline, they are referring to the color of the oil, and the process with which they filter it.  If we mistake this for health purposes, well… that makes a decent marketing gimmick.
  4. Calories are all the same, so it doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you stay under your daily allowance
    so go ahead! Have that piece of pie and tell yourself it was worth it when you’re hungry for hours afterward because you spiked your blood sugars and dropped them like a champion wrestler.  First of all, food is energy, that is what we’re using it for is to fill up our tank so we’ve got energy to burn through the day.  To eat a piece of pie instead of a plate of fresh vegetables with soup or a big salad for lunch is about the same as burning nitrous oxide full time in your car.  But all fuel is the same right?   Aside from the reasons you shouldn’t ever spike your blood sugar that high, some foods take longer to chew and process, which also burns calories.  Though it may only be a boost of 20% or so, it’s far better than eating the easy thing.
  5. When you don’t eat a meal, your body goes into starvation mode, so you should be eating 6x a day
    utter nonsense.  Muslims practice Ramadan, other religious groups fast for spiritual and cleansing purposes, and Doctors worldwide recommend it.  Not just for athletes anymore, their secret to lean bodies remains being in a fasted state before exercising, and continuing a fasting regimen.  Not for a week, for life.  It’s actually been shown to be largely beneficial for a ton of reasons to use fasting as part of your everyday routine.
  6. Lifting heavy weights will make you bulk up
    this was an easy debunk, because researchers at the University of San Diego, California proved that those who lifted heavy weights or were power-lifting regularly, had higher metabolic resting rates, by as much as 8 percent!  That alone knocks 5 pounds off the scale.  There are ways to gain bulk muscle, but most people do not find these by accident.  There are methods to gaining this bulk, just as there are those to lose weight.

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Brad Pilon

Brad Pilon has an Honours Degree in Nutrition, 10 years experience in the food supplements industry and is an amateur bodybuilding awards winner. 

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