Q: Do I need to eat more smaller meals throughout the day, and cut down on fruit, dairy, and red meat?
A: Given how sophisticated the training and nutrition are in this day and age, you would think there would be less obscurity. Sadly, that just isn’t the case. I’ve mentioned in the past that different styles of training and dietary protocols will unavoidably have more utility than others.
But context is hugely important.
Everyone has different needs. Therefore, cookie cutter meal plans and narrowly focusing on extreme arbitrary directives aren’t going to cut it when there’s so much that needs to be taken into account.
Q: I’m trying to eat better and control my appetite. I feel it’s so much easier to do that with intermittent fasting. What I want to know is, are there any drawbacks?
A: The mounting evidence on intermittent fasting continues to show that, while it’s still a viable option, it’s not magic or superior to a normal calorie balanced diet. In terms of fat loss, the end result is virtually the same.
It can be wonderful for certain people especially if they find it helps keep a lid on their hunger.
However, it should be noted that this pervasive myth that it’s supposed to boost your metabolic rate, and preserve lean body mass are untrue. In fact, those are the potential drawbacks, long-term as recent research suggests.
I’m not trying to turn this into a cult war. If it jibes well with your lifestyle, that’s great. But please stop proclaiming it’s better than the rest. That’s not sound advice.