Dairy Foods can help in fat burning
Recently done miscellaneous researches have shown that dairy food can help in fat burning. Happy about these studies, the dairy industry started to promote their products in accordance to the part that “Eat dairy products to burn fat”.
However, these studies have found out that eating more dairy foods won’t make people slim – only that using them is related to lower body fat levels. Professor Alison Booth in cooperation with her associates from the Deakin University in Australia made a huge analysis that combined the results of studies on the effect that dairy foods and calcium supplements have on weight loss and body structure.
Calcium supplements did not have influence in weight or fat loss. On the other hand, dairy foods combined in a well balanced diet, helped in fat loss but not in weight loss. So these completed researches found out that dairy foods served three times a day for 16 weeks would help in losing fat. (British Journal Nutrition, 114: 1013-1025, 2015)
Using low fat food won’t help in fat loss
During the past 3 or 4 decades, people have been advised by nutritional experts, to cut down on fat food. The creator of this piece of advice was the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs Committee led by the former U.S. Senator George McGovern (1968 and 1977).
It was promoted that the consumption of fats should be lowered on the account of increasing the intake of carbohydrates as national aims. Americans took the advice seriously without reconsidering it and obesity became one of the biggest problems in America. Deirdre Tobias and his colleagues from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University conducted a big research that combined the results of 53 different studies on low fat diets on long term weight loss.
Their conclusion is that low fat diets don’t reduce the weight more than foods that are rich in fat. There is a campaign against fat for nearly fifty years but not backed up with evidence. (The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 3: 968-979, 2015)
Intermittent Fasting and weight reduction
To be a successful athlete in certain sports sometimes requires low body fat levels and increased muscle mass. Intermittent fasting can be the real thing for athletes when it comes to reaching optimal weight – according to an article written by Grant Tinsley, Joshua Gann and Paul La Bounty.
In sports like bodybuilding, powerlifting and martial arts, athletes rely on a certain weight. Being constantly on a diet, an athlete can experience shortage of energy because of glycogen depletion in muscles and liver. This will make your training fairly difficult.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where people cycle between periods of eating and fasting. This could help athletes in weight reduction but at the same time it can help them in preserving energy for intense training.
You don’t need to fast every day. It can be done on non exercise days and it will result in calorie reduction over a period of time. (Strength and Conditioning Journal, 37: 60-71, 2015)