Jan 28, 2020 at 8:57 pm #3629147ArthurBPL Member
I’m old enough to see just a few diets come and go. Name a few, “Reach for a Lucky Strike instead of a Sweet”, Grapefruit, Tapeworm, Weightwatchers, Slimfast, Dexatrim, Weightwatchers again with Oprah, Atkins, South Beach, and 20 more that came out of Hollywood. And how could i forget the “low fat” craze that still seems to surface with all its high sugar foods. While the IF diet is getting some good press and some preliminary medical validation, there are still what we used to call in public health “large series of one” statements out there. Loosing weight to a healthy point is good for 100 different bodily functions (except for the mentioned clothing cost!), but the REAL diet is the one that becomes a lifestyle and can become adapted to everyday life for decades. I think the IF has potential, but so did a lot of the above mentioned when they became popular and then proved unsustainable for any number of reasons. People on this forum are not typical and are mostly able to tolerate the intolerable longer than the general population. Lots of tough people here. I am really interested in how this latest experiment progresses.Jan 29, 2020 at 8:48 am #3629195KarenBPL Member
Arthur, how could you forget the Scarsdale diet? I lost 20 pounds in two weeks on that one! It was basically no food, but well packaged and marketed to suckers. I think a few people died trying that one. I then stayed slim for 15 years, by not overeating. Pregnancy and the demands of career plus child rearing changed that mindfulness about food and prevented adequate exercise. I could stand to lose 20 pounds at this point.
Yeah, most of these diets are a crock; they worked because people stopped over indulging in whatever foodstuff made them chubby to begin with. Some diet habits are distinctly unhealthy, like daily soda pop. But there’s a wide range of national and cultural diets (as opposed to reducing diets) that can keep you healthy, which may involve bananas, gluten, eating three squares, high carb, low carb, meat, no meat, dairy, no dairy. My grandparents came from Denmark, and always ate their Danish food and lived long healthy slim lives. Cream, butter, buttermilk, meats, smoked meats, fish, pickled vegetables, beer, wine, Aquavit, lots of rye bread and pastries, and and still lived to their mid 80s. My grandpa smoked those brown unfiltered cigarettes too; I’ll never forget how their house smelled like those cigs.
A few years back some clinical studies were being done at, I think, UCLA, to test the effect of fasting on cancer cell growth. I don’t remember any major news coming out, so maybe not a successful study? Without some solid studies, which doesn’t mean how it works for you but instead means well designed scientific research, it’s all just anecdotes. But most of BPL is just all our anecdotes. If fasting helps you hike, do it. I’d be cratered on the uphill side of the trail.
I don’t have the patience for a fad diet. I just focus on eating vegetables and fruits, and much smaller portions, and eventually the weight goes. Wish I had time for a big through hike, that muffin top would be gone in no time!Jan 29, 2020 at 9:23 am #3629198Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
There are studies that link obesity to cancer. Fat cells produce hormones that help cancer cells or something.
I tried restricting diet to 10 AM to 6 PM. I was like high in the morning until I ate at 10 AM. It was tolerable if there was something to be gained.
Now I eat oatmeal at 6 AM, then eat between 10 AM and 6 PM. I could lose 5 or 10 pounds.Jan 29, 2020 at 11:33 am #3629219ArthurBPL Member
Karen, forgot Scarsdale. i was working 80-100 hours a week then and never read a newspaper. (remember newspapers?) And of course, i was walking up hill both ways in the snow!
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