Weight and health: why fasting is better than dieting

Fasting or dieting is the best way to lose weight

The temptations are great: chocolate, cake, sweets. We treat our body less and less to stop eating. It’s no longer healthy. Fasting can reverse this development.

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Sport alone is not enough to lose weight. Diets have long been considered the most effective way to shed pounds. But it was above all the yo-yo effect that struck afterwards. Now it’s becoming increasingly clear: fasting seems to work better.

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The art of losing weight interests more than one. It’s the latest insights into the diet that might finally work – or fasting, which is becoming increasingly popular. For runners, it’s also about converting fat into muscle. And this is an urgent problem: in Germany, an ever-growing crowd of millions of people are tormented by their weight. It doesn’t matter if you are overweight or overweight: it is a huge problem that more and more people are dragging too many pounds in this country.

All of this is easy to say, but not so easy to do – this truth is not well known to most of us. But the science of weight loss is making significant strides, it’s not just telling us stories of cabbage and carb trends. There are now key findings on the effect and chances of success of change and abstinence from food.

Diets are torture and have little long-term effect

Many generations have struggled with weight loss diets. And in most cases, only modest and unsustainable successes are achieved. On the contrary: if the fatty deposits decreased under food deprivation, they returned quickly as soon as we resumed a normal diet. This is the heart of the regime. They go against our nature. And fail because of it. According to a survey by the Federal Association of German Pharmacist Associations, 60% of all Germans have tried at least one thing in 2020: FdH, less bread, no carbs, extreme protein diets, ketogenic short nutrition plans and, and, and. At the heart of all these weight loss approaches, you are half-starved in one way or another. For a certain time. It usually goes horribly wrong over and over again. Much to the chagrin of the sick, to the delight of hyperactive food marketers. According to statistics from the University of California, 95% of those who have lost weight through diet regain the lost pounds after five years at the latest – often even more than before. 95% flop rate!

Mainly because the body ruthlessly takes revenge after the end of the diet. During a diet, when energy is scarce, the body reduces its consumption. When it’s over, he responds instinctively: greedily. Additional cushions are intended to prevent future shortage phases. Because our instinctive apparatus understands nothing but poorly planned eating – which has long since become a bad habit for notorious yo-yo victims. Year after year, you take another defeat and gain new pounds.

Is fasting better than dieting?

It’s frustrating. So what to do? Is it somehow better? An important question, because for many, their health depends on it. That’s why we’re talking about it in the new episode of the “She runs. He runs” podcast. Because there are also many runners who struggle with being overweight. And who will soon find out: training improves many things – but in many cases it is not enough on its own.

The solution to the diet dilemma could be radical. Fasting instead of dieting – a method that is also booming in all sorts of variations, from daily fasting to alkaline fasting to 14 or 16 hours a day. Yes, there are even common fasts. But aren’t all diets extreme, you might be wondering? After all, those who practice it eat almost nothing: pure deprivation. And yet, it has been proven that many people find it easier to completely abstain from eating than to stick to a conventional diet. Andreas Michalsen is Professor of Clinical Naturopathy at Charité Berlin and one of the country’s leading nutrition experts. He says, “Fasting has positive effects on the psyche. Perhaps that’s the secret why it doesn’t trigger a yo-yo effect.”

In the podcast, we talk about how different forms of fasting work. Why fasting is superior to dieting – and how radical abstinence from food makes us healthier overall. To listen!

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