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Feb. 1st, 2008

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From:perspectivism
Date:February 2nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Another thing is that apparently each 16-24 hour fast gives the
digestive system (especially the liver) very valuable "rest time" that
it's always had in our evolutionary history. Specifically, the
cleaning out toxins claims that I used to roll my eyes at from New
Agers seem to actually be true for fasts! Many of those toxins are
what keep fat cells around in our bodies, because it turns out
that...De Vany's main theory in "Why We Get Fat" is to store specific
toxins that our overtaxed (from constant eating) bodies never have
enough lazy fasting time to get rid of!!
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From:integreillumine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
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I've always been skeptical of full-on fasting. But I have noticed that when I feel best-regulated eating/health-wise, there are days when I really just don't want to eat much, more like the modified 'fast' you mentioned. Then when a good workout or something happens, I want to eat a bunch, and enjoy the food that much more. Which sortof/maybe goes with some of this.

Isn't 1600 calories on average still overall calorie restriction though, for most men?
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From:perspectivism
Date:February 3rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
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I have noticed that when I feel best-regulated eating/health-wise, there are days when I really just don't want to eat much, more like the modified 'fast' you mentioned. Then when a good workout or something happens, I want to eat a bunch, and enjoy the food that much more. Which sortof/maybe goes with some of this.

Yep, I find the same!

Isn't 1600 calories on average still overall calorie restriction though, for most men?

Totally. But apparently not for the retirement home! (Their weight stayed stable.) These were considered the "healthy" seniors of 1957 who nonetheless were in what sounds like a (light) special care institution...so, they're old to begin with (and therefore of greatly reduced muscle mass if they live like ordinary modern people) + adversely selected for lack of activity/independence.
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