MYTH BUSTING: Fasting causes the body to ramp up fat storage? Not necessarily.


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Recently, a friend relayed to me that his GP advised him to avoid fasting. “Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day”, he was told. “Fasting will cause the body to store fat”, was another line mentioned. Somehow, this myth continues to remain in the health care space. All it takes is participating in a fasting program to experience quality fat loss. I have a high-tech scale that reads my weight, BMI, muscle mass and bone density. Do these GPs really expect me to believe that at 11.5% body fat, my fasting routine is storing fat? Not to mention as my body fat percentage decreases, my muscle and bone density remain untouched.

Here is a great summary of some new research that counters the myth:

In a nutshell:

“The researchers found that when participants fasted, they had a decreased appetite – both in self-reported surveys of how hungry they felt and in measurements of the body’s level of ghrelin, a hormone known to stimulate appetite. The limited meal times also prompted their bodies to burn more fat in a 24-hour period.

The fat-burning finding was a surprise to researchers, Courtney Peterson, an author of the study and a professor of nutrition at the University of Alabama, told INSIDER. Her research team intended to better understand why people who try intermittent fasting tend to lose weight.

“What we think this means is that when you lose weight you burn more body fat but keep muscle mass,” she said.”

It looks like this myth is finally coming to an end as new research accumulates, and I suspect in a few years' time, most GPs will praise fasting as the preferred diet intervention.
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