I was alerted to this post today over at Details magazine about a new study that seemingly provides strong evidence against the popular “grazing” mentality that a lot of trainers and weight-loss experts promote. These experts claim that the best way to lose weight is to constantly stoke the fire of your metabolism. I haven’t bought it for a while and I’m happy to see this new study provide some more concrete evidence that the grazers are probably wrong. This new study supports Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “no snacking” eating style and getting more in touch with “true hunger,” something that I try to follow as much as possible. Essentially, the findings showed that in two groups of mice eating the same amount of calories per day, the ones who were on a time-restricted eating schedule stayed much leaner than the ones who were allowed to eat constantly. The only aspect of the study that I’m not sure about is the fact that the mice were allowed to eat all day and all night, something that most people don’t do (unless you’re a secret eater at night, you know who you are). Nonetheless, it’s an interesting piece of evidence.
In a nutshell, Dr. Fuhrman explains that your body needs to go through two phases before it truly needs to consume more fuel: eating and digestion (anabolic phase) and detoxification (catabolic phase). Most people avoid the catabolic phase, instead opting to eat anytime they feel a little headache or a grumble in their stomachs. Fuhrman says that allowing the catabolic phase to run its full course is essential to allow the body to do its necessary “housekeeping” and also to get in touch with your “true hunger,” which allows your internal caloric barometer to be more accurate and prevents overeating. I’m not going to get into more detail with it here because it’d take a much longer post to adequately explain it, so check out one of his books, “Eat to Live,” “Eat For Health,” or “Superimmunity,” all of which fully explain his reasoning for 3 meals a day.
Here’s the original post from Details: