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Doctors claim this could be the key to losing weight

By Christina Cavaleri October 11, 2017
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This is extreme.

How many meals are you eating a day?

Three? Four? A girl in our office eats five small meals a day. 

Well British doctor, Dr Van Tulleken has come out and said eating as infrequently as once a day is an effective and efficient way to diet.

It’s basically taking intermittent fasting to the extreme.

It definitely would save a lot of money, but how much energy would you have? However it is not known what type of fasting is the best to achieve these results. Doctors are trying to figure out if shorter periods of fasting, longer overnight fasting or occasional fasts are better. 

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THE PROS:

  • Physiological benefits for the body
  • Helps to reduce inflammation
  • Resets a number of hormones involved in fat metabolism 
  • Makes dieting easy, you don’t have to follow a rule book every hour
  • Time efficient, no need to spend hours shopping or preparing
  • If you’re eating one meal a day there is no carol restriction 

THE CONS:

  • Long term metabolic effects such as Muscle mass is broken down to fuel the basic energy systems
  • Let’s be honest, eating one meal a day is hard for the foodies out there - people love to eat
  • Having to manage your extreme hunger
  • There is the potential for overeating

So what do you think? Would you try it?

Many celebrities use this technique to lose weight fast, such as Ashton Kutcher: 

"I had just played a movie where I played a wrestler, so I had to lose like 10 pounds and stop eating and take care of myself. I really cut back to a meal a day. I was probably down to 175 pounds.”

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