Science not fads

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Not too much personal stuff to report this week. I am continuing with intermittent fasting, continuing to rack up great blood sugars while off all diabetes meds, and I continue to have becoming "merely" overweight (instead of obese) as my next big goal.

Meanwhile, I have begun two new research collaborations related to weight and fasting (I'm a college professor with a PhD in biology). One is with a registered dietician in the Public Health department and the other is with a licensed neuropsychologist in the Psychology Department.

These collaborations kill two birds with one stone. As a researcher, I think the obesity crisis and its comorbidities is second only to climate change as a public health threat. So any research that helps is a good thing, IMO. Second, as someone who has incorporated intermittent fasting into my own life, I want to know more about it for personal reasons.

Intermittent fasting has become something of a fad and although I'd like to see more people doing I.F., when something becomes a fad, we tend to exaggerate benefits and minimize risks. In other words, we lose the dispassionate objectivity that scientists are supposed to bring to their work. At the moment, I'm planning on doing some form of I.F. for the rest of my life so I want to know a lot more about it. And of course, as the research gets done, I'll share it with all of you.

Spark on, friends.
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    I second SPEDED2 and NEW_CATS_MEOW's comments. You have been part of my inspiration to learn, then try, IF for myself. 3 weeks in and lost 10 pounds. I really don't want this to be a fluke and to be able to continue getting healthier in more than just weight loss (vascular dementia, Alzheimer's, stroke, and cancer are in the family genetics, so unhealthy lifestyles contribute obviously.) I'm proud of you for collaborating and look forward to hearing how it goes!
    651 days ago
    I'm glad that you are looking into it. You already see charlatans peddling it. Good, scientifically sound information is needed.
    652 days ago
    I’ve been doing IF off and on for 4 years or so but have found it really depends on if it fits into your lifestyle...now i feel very comfortable doing 16,18 or 20 most days of the week (maybe 5 days a week) as I am fully retired and can sleep later in the morning. We eat dinner at 7 or 8 and I almost never ever eat in the evening so sleeping until 8 or 9 gives me a good head start. I drink tea and coffee with cream until 2 or 3.
    When I eat it is all Whole Foods, lots of fat and protein and veggies..almost no sugar, the rare piece of fruit.
    I do some form of exercise almost every day...swimming, walking, yoga, weightlifting...usually for one hour.
    And yet, my weight stays the same...I am being kind to myself and feel grateful for how wonderful I feel and how good my health measurements are.
    I should add that I feel a lot of stress about a serious health issue in a loved one...my son is battling stage IV colon cancer and we have had to do a lot for his young family these last three years. I know that stress is a huge block to losing weight and I tend to comfort myself with wine in the evenings.
    I have learned soooo much form thedietdoctor.com.

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    653 days ago
    That's wonderful, I'm so interested to see what you find.
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    Awesome! Way to go!
    653 days ago
    To share your research results with those who follow your posts, is greatly appreciated. If there are outside articles or papers, for which we can have access, will you please share those as well or possibly provide a link to the information? Thank you.
    654 days ago
    Will be very interested to hear more about this.
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    654 days ago
    That's awesome that you're investigating IF! Please let us know if you are recruiting research participants, I would definitely get in on that!
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