Friday, July 18, 2008

Can NOT eating make you fat?

"Well, I don't eat in the mornings, so that has to be helping me lose, right?"

Actually, not eating will likely put more fat on you, says Dr. Heidi, nutrition professor and creator of the Extreme Regime Weight Control program.

What's going on?

1. Not eating signals your body (YB) to pump up her fat storing machine.
Your body, call her YB, is designed to protect you. When you don't eat for several hours or more, YB perceives a famine coming. So it makes more fat-storing enzymes. The longer and more often you go without eating, the more efficient YB becomes - at fat storing. (!)

[YB does that to protect you so there's something in her storage bin for you in case you go even longer without eating. She knows you might need it for energy later.]

"But I'm not hungry in the morning!"

2. You an AM coffee drinker?
Coffee's a stimulant that kills your appetite. That would explain why you're not hungry in the mornings. You may think that's good. But actually, not eating kicks up YB's fat storage function - YB thinks there's a famine coming and wants to protect you.

3. When you finally DO eat, is it too much too late?
Workaholics: We know the pitfalls of piling it on late, don't we? The digestive fires are weak at night so if you eat a big dinner, well, that puts the fat on. YB can't digest a big dinner late at night.

1. AM coffee drinkers: have some water and real food before you have coffee.
2. Late night eaters: eat something small - so YB can digest it with the small digestive energy available so late.
3. Slow digesters: Consider using whole food supplements with potent digestive enzymes (disclosure, we market these and they're not Wal-Mart prices).


Carol Raynor said...

Good info on the coffee. I used to drink about 3 cups in the morning with no breakfast (before ER). The Extreme Regime program is wonderful. I'm learning so much and losing weight and inches.

Paul Eilers said...

Do you know how those huge Japanese sumo wrestlers gain weight?

As part of their training, they do not eat breakfast in the morning.

By depriving their bodies of food after eight hours of sleep, their metabolic rates stay low.

They also make sure to eat a large meal right before bedtime.

Going to bed with full stomach means their bodies must respond to the huge flood of nutrients with a rush of insulin, forcing their bodies to store some of it in the cells as fat instead of in the muscles and organs as nutrients.

Robin Plan said...

I've been a coffee drinking for too many years. I never got hungry in the morning so it would be after 10 am before I ate anything. After learning these tips from Dr. Heidi I don't drink coffee - I've switched to green tea with coconut oil in it. I still don't eat in the morning, but Dr. Heidi designed a morning drink for my body full of fruits, omega oils, Big B vitamins, and Caprotein, YUM. I'm lerning how to eat for health.
Thank you Kim and especially Dr. Heidi.