“All you have to do is eat less and move more.”
Not only is this categorically wrong but it is extremely frustrating to hear—especially from your doctor. Unfortunately, your doctor is sharing very old concepts with you. It takes an estimated 17 years for discoveries from scientific research to reach your doctor and shift his or her medical advice. The talk show hosts and internet searches are also often teaching incorrect or outdated information.
The problem is that even trusted sources such as medical journals are often propagating bad information. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that “false and scientifically unsupported beliefs about obesity are pervasive” in our medical journals.
Ideally, you would find the answers for yourself by studying the 500,000 scientific papers published on the subject and some 100 new ones published every day. This, however, is a daunting task and not one that many of you will undertake. Dr. Whit Roberts of PÜR LIFE Medical offers an alternative. “You can turn to experts who have made it their life study to cull through the hundreds of thousands of pages of research or more likely to the doctors who follow those experts.” Roberts, one of those doctors, tells us that there are some fascinating facts that you have likely never heard that can jump-start or keep your weight loss efforts on track. Here are just three of them.
By this time, you have probably heard of intermittent fasting. What you haven’t heard of is chronobiology or the study of how the rhythms of the sun, moon and seasons affect our bodies’ mental, physical and emotional cycles. That study won the researchers the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2017. Roberts explains that their research has led to our refined understanding of the most effective form of intermittent fasting. Roberts says that it matters when you fast not just how long you fast.
Apparently, the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is actually true, despite the fact that millions of Americans are skipping it. Among the many things you’ll learn as a weight loss patient at PÜR LIFE Medical, is why eating breakfast is important. Roberts explains that calories eaten in the morning are treated differently by the body than calories eaten at night.
In the morning, your body is preparing for the need of ready energy by converting your food to glycogen, a short-term energy storage molecule. To accomplish this, your body burns those hated fat stores. It’s an altogether different story in the evening, however. The body is preparing for a restful, restorative night’s sleep. Calories eaten at dinner or in the evening are more often stored as fat, a long-term energy storage molecule. “The take home message,” Roberts says, “skipping dinner is far more effective than skipping breakfast for losing weight. All other things being equal you will lose more weight fasting in the evening than in the morning.”
A second weight loss…