Jillian Michaels comes around to the Intermittent Fasting way of life? Not really

She starts out by giving old bad advice.

Losing and maintaining weight is ultimately all about calories in and calories out.

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Then it seems like she’s coming around to the keto and intermittent fasting way of life.

Your metabolism is really just a bunch of hormones that tell your body all sorts of stuff: when to feel hungry and full; when to build, maintain, or break down muscle; where to store fat. The timing of your meals and snacks has a dramatic effect on your metabolism—specifically the levels of the satiety hormone leptin and the hunger hormone ghrelin.

If you’re eating all day long, you’re not freeing up your body to do all the things it needs to do to repair itself, because it’s constantly busy processing food. You’ll feel psychologically hungry because you haven’t sat down for a full meal. And you’ll keep your insulin levels surging, which is definitely not good for your overall health and wellness.

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Until she tells us that she believes in eating more carbs than any other part of her diet.

I believe in eating a pretty balanced combination of macronutrients: About 40 percent carbs, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent protein. Don’t get crazy about it. Just eat with common sense, and aim for those ratios at every meal, including snacks.

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In addition, she’s talking about eating during a 12 hour window. That’s nothing radical or any kind of change in the normal American diet. Eat breakfast at 7:00 am and eat dinner before 7:00 pm. Shifted one hour in either direction and that sounds like what most people would do anyway.

So what is the “controversial” part of her advice?

You shouldn’t eat more than one snack a day. Yes, I know that’s controversial in some circles, but it’s true. Especially if your goal is weight loss.

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That’s the controversy? Really?


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