There is an abundance of diet plans available, and if there was one that worked well all of the overweight people of the world would soon get on that plan. On page 193 of The Diabetes Code Dr. Jason Fung writes:
After all, who hasn’t tried the portion-control strategy? Does it work? Just about never. Data from the United Kingdom indicate that conventional advice succeeds in only 1 in 210 obese men and 1 in 114 obese women.
There must be reasons why “conventional advice” doesn’t work, and it isn’t reasonable to believe that there is lack of desire on the part of 99.5% of people who go on a diet to lose weight. There must be more, much more, than a simple lack of compliance to adhere to every diet plan that’s available for that many people to fail.
There are obvious problems that nearly every adult and most children are aware of, such as, we shouldn’t eat much sugar. Not so obvious is that because commercial food providers must sell more product at a cheaper price than their competitors they must satisfy the sugar addicts in the general population or lose those customers. Putting in some corn syrup is cheap and so they do it and keep those addicted customers. The downside of that solution to the providers’ problem is that the rest of the nonaddicted customers become adapted to wanting more sugar in their diet and eventually many of them become addicted too. It becomes difficult to find commercially prepared food that isn’t loaded with extra sugar.
If that added sugar was cane sugar it wouldn’t have much fructose in it, but that form of sugar is more expensive than corn sugar which is half fructose. It turns out that fructose is one of the worse villains in this sad story because of the way our bodies metabolize that form of sugar. It is more likely to make our livers fatty and to become processed into a form that is likely to create resistance to our sugar-stabilizing hormones like insulin. “The underlying problem is excessive dietary glucose and fructose causing hyperinsulinemia,” p.157. That is, our bodies perceive too much sugar in our blood and release increasingly large amounts of insulin to force the sugar out of the blood and into our bodies’ fat cells. We need some fat cells to store energy, but the excess fructose causes them to store too much and over time people become obese.
As it turns out there is an easy way to get the fructose out of our bodies. First avoid eating it as much as possible, and secondly, don’t eat any of it for eighteen hours per day. The certain way to do that is to not eat or drink anything but water for eighteen hours per day. That is one form of intermittent fasting and after doing it for a few days I discovered it is easy and after a month that eating style becomes so routine it’s as easy as breathing. Most other forms of fasting require mental effort and willpower, but just limiting your eating to the hours of noon to six pm is simple and your body is soon comfortable with that routine.
There is a lot more to be said about eating healthy foods, but what I am emphasizing here is to avoid eating awful stuff labeled as food, and as a lifestyle to limit your eating to six hours per day. That is most of what I and my partner did for a year and a half and with very little effort we both lost about twenty-five pounds.
When you choose to only eat for six hours per day you naturally choose healthier foods.