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Thread #169358   Message #4093267
Posted By: Steve Shaw
15-Feb-21 - 09:01 AM
Thread Name: BS: Keto diet - anybody try it? Like it?
Subject: RE: BS: Keto diet - anybody try it? Like it?
In my first line there I meant to say sustained weight loss. For the Atkins diet, that has not been demonstrated on any sound basis over the long term for reasonable sample sizes of people. It does seem on the other hand that you're just as likely to put the weight back on once you've lost some as you are with most other fad diets. All this is checkable if you search for independent medical opinion. Please note the two key words in the last three in that sentence.

I lost three stones a few years ago. I started by looking at the 5:2 diet. I sort of went along that path but not absolutely strictly. I couldn't stick to it for long, but what it did for was to alter my mindset apropos of food. The diet says, basically, starve yourself (500 calories max) for two days out of seven and do what you like on the other five. I found that the two starvation-days were so effortful that on the other days I didn't want to spoil it by pigging out. On those days I found it easier to be more disciplined about portion sizes and snacking. I've put about a third of that weight back on over the years but I'm nowhere near as bad as I was before. I wouldn't exactly say that I've got this year's beach body sorted as yet...

I also think that embarking on a good programme of exercise also contributes to that improved mindset. We were always told in our yoof things like it takes a three-mile run to work off one slice of toast, and that a vigorous bout of sex uses up only 27 calories more than sitting still (I don't believe it). That info about just how efficient the human body is at conserving energy could be a bit disheartening, but knowing that you're getting yourself in trim definitely helps you to "not spoil it" by then stuffing your face, I reckon...