Most diets don’t work. Though it’s possible to lose weight via exercise or a healthier diet, it’s much harder to keep it off. That’s because your body is programmed to store fat. Humans haven’t yet evolved away from the metabolism and body fat storing protocols that we used as hunter gatherers for thousands of years. That means that our bodies expect to only get fed every so often, and hold onto extra fat as a safeguard against periods of scarcity. Is there a way for us to take advantage of this genetic predisposition to deal with today’s calorie-filled world?
The answer may be yes. According to some recent studies, intermittent fasting might be the best way to lose weight. This kind of diet, which would encourage either skipping meals or going a few days a week with little food, might stimulate our bodies to produce less insulin, which will then cause us to burn our fat reserves rather than adding to them.
Excerpted from Popular Mechanics