Fat-Me-Not: Weight Loss Diet Of The Future
As I said in my book, eating once a day is not going to give your stomach the good workout it needs. You’re not maximizing your calorie spending for the best weight-loss result, which is what happens when you eat smaller meals 4-5 times per day.
Internal medicine and Obesity Medicine specialist Dr. Myo Nwe of the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in South Carolina is speaking out against renewed interest in so-called once-a-day diets that allow for only one meal per 24-hour period. Dr. Nwe previously covered the topic in her own weight loss guide Fat Me Not, where she actually encourages diets to eat several smaller meals throughout the day.
More and more websites are again actively pushing this once-a-day diet, Dr. Nwe explains. And it might sound logical at first, but you have to remember that your body is a machine. It needs to run on certain patterns, and one of them is getting periodic nutrition throughout the waking day. In Chapter 3 of her book, Dr. Nwe breaks down the scientific contradictions that many popular diets consciously ignore, including once-a-day diets. Understanding the body’s digestive process is key to maximizing weight loss, she says, not trying to trick the body with gimmicks.
Two negative things occur when you limit yourself to just one meal per day, Dr. Nwe continues.
- The first is your body enters starvation mode, as quickly as 4 hours after your last meal. This means the body begins storing part of the fat rather than burning it away. So thats counterproductive.
- The second is your body burns a considerable amount of calories throughout the day just from regularly, healthy digestion.
If you only feed it once a day, the stomach just sits there and growls – and ultimately you burn less calories overall than you normally would. Websites and blogs like Fitmole and Hubbys Home have recommended the diet to their followers, as have dozens of popular health sites around the globe. The renewed interest in this purportedly fast and easy diet has been most apparent among young men, especially weight lifting enthusiasts.
Dr. Nwe says she’s surprised that people so devoted to fitness would overlook the science involved. As I said in my book, eating once a day is not going to give your stomach the good workout it needs. Youre not maximizing your calorie spending for the best weight-loss result, which is what happens when you eat smaller meals 4-5 times per day. Again, the body is a machine, and dieters should want to maximize the bodys own calorie-burning capacity.
Dr. Nwe is an internal medicine specialist practicing in both North and South Carolina, where she co-founded the Ace Medical Weight Loss Center in Rock Hill with Dr. Sandeep Grewal, also an internal medicine specialist.