The Virgin Diet Author’s Ridiculous Argument Against Intermittent Fasting
As intermittent fasting becomes more popular and more pro-intermittent fasting and even anti-breakfast studies occasionally surface, people who want to effectively burn fat and lower their risk of obesity-related diseases have more ammunition to skip out on the day’s first meal.
But as always, there will always be naysayers, no matter what the facts and science have to say.
Check this snippet from the Huffington post… Go here to read the article in it’s entirety.
“Now new findings from two randomized controlled trials are poking holes in our common acceptance of the morning meal as a panacea,” writes Anna Almendrala.
“Taken together, the two studies reveal some holes inthe so-called ‘most important meal of the day.’
But JJ Virgin says: “Regardless what the latest studies say, I remain adamant about eating a substantial, healthy breakfast within one hour of wakingup.”
Editor’s Note: First, let me say that I have absolutely nothing personal against JJ Virgin, she’s a smart businesswoman and has a Bestseller diet. But the absolute drivel she spewed onto the Huffington Post pages about intermittent fasting was laughable at best.
First, we learned from her that people who rely on clinical and science-based studies to understand the benefits of intermittent fasting and skipping breakfast are “haters”. I must say, that line made me do a double take.
Then she pretty much says screw what the studies say, she remains adamant about eating a breakfast. And that’s completely fine, for her. But she’s advising thousands of people who could benefit greatly from intermittent fasting no to do so.
But wait there’s more, she wants you to choke down breakfast specifically within one hour of waking up.
So 90 minutes is out of the question huh, JJ? Interesting.
Her very first reason for eating breakfast is that it will “set your day’s metabolic tone”.
I’d love to hear an in-depth explanation of said “metabolic tone” and what settings are available.
She says where most go wrong is by eating high sugar meals at breakfast and she’s right.
Wanna know why eating lots of sugar in the morning is the norm? Because we’re not even hungry, sugar is the most palatable thing to force feed ourselves with.
She then claims that skipping breakfast causes excess hunger, cravings, and overeating. That’s not what the studies say, but then again she has tossed the studies aside. That’s not what I or the majority of intermittent fasters feel, but screw that too, right?
The other fallacy she gives in support of breakfast is the muscle-loss scare tactic. Because our bodies don’t store protein, she says we need to shove protein in there first thing in the morning. But she ignores the fact our food breaks down in the gut in a time-released manner.
The steak and potatoes you ate last night are still releasing a slow stream of amino acids into your system for hours after you’ve eaten. You won’t be turning into a skeleton if you wait until 1PM to eat the next day. In fact your body is turning specifically towards higher rates of fat burn for energy.
Your body isn’t in a hungry state first thing in the morning, eating in the morning has become ritual and we have a hugely fat, unhealthy, dying society of Americans as proof.
But she’s right about the sugar. It’s something you should avoid in the morning. But then she asks “Who says you can’t have wild salmon, asparagus, and quinoa in the morning?”
I have her answer: I do JJ, I say you can’t. Who in the world wakes up eating salmon and asparagus??? STOP.
Ultimately, she says that she understands though, YOU HAVE NO APPETITE or are too busy to scarf down big meals. Her perfect solution for you is to have a protein shake in the morning. Coincidentally, she sells protein powder. Total coincidence. Here are the few points I could agree on:
- A high-protein breakfast causes less hunger than a high-carbohydrate breakfast.(I choose neither.)
- In the time it takes to pour a bowl of cereal, you can make protein shake.
- No nutritional method is a perfect cure-all solution.