Silicon Valley’s New Diet Is Great For Weight Loss And Life Extension, But…

October 9, 2017

Silicon Valley’s New Diet

The innovators and geniuses over at the Silicon Valley are not only the pioneers of new technologies. They have some ground-breaking ideas when it comes to diet too!

Namely, it appears that currently the hottest way to lose weight is a new type of diet called “ intermittent fasting” and it involves eating WHATEVER YOU WANT.

Well, on some days at least. On others, however, you don’t eat at all!

Intermittent Fasting And Why It Works (Kind Of)

Although it might sounds a bit strange, the intermittent fasting concept of eating whatever you want on some days and eating nothing on others, actually has a lot of scientific backing.

Several legit studies have found this diet to be:

  • just as reliable for weight loss as traditional diets
  • great for reducing the risk for certain cancers
  • even a good way of prolonging life.

No wonder folks over at the Silicon Valley love it. Some even swear by it.

Facebook executive Dan Zigmond is one of them and he reportedly confines his eating to the narrow time slot of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while many other CEOs and tech pioneers practice the intermittent fasting concept and are sworn “intermittent fasting” devotees.

But is this too-good-to-be-true diet routine really that great and healthy?

According to Krista Varady, the nutrition professor at the University of Illinois, the intermittent fasting diet has one huge and easy-to-miss pitfall.

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Not Consuming Enough Water

Professor Varady was actually one of the first scientists to study intermittent fasting in humans, and she even wrote a book about this new type of weight loss diet back in 2013, called “The Every-Other-Day Diet.”

“Many people who try the diet complain of things like headaches,” she told in her recent interview with the Business Insider. “But the problem is a lot of them aren’t drinking enough water.”

It appears that many people who opt for this diet experience a drop in energy during the first three or four days, which is actually the result of dehydration. This problem occurs as 20% or more of our daily water consumption comes from food. The bulk of the veggies we eat are actually mostly water.

“Like vegetables, our bodies are also made up of a lot of water — roughly 60% of our weight. Every cell, tissue, and organ relies on that fluid to function. When you don’t get enough, it’s no surprise that you can feel tired,” say folks over at Business Insider.

And dehydration, even a mild one, spells only one thing – lack of energy.

“In general the first five days are the hardest,” says Varady. “Most people find the first week to be tough to adjust to this new kind of up-down pattern. But once you get through that it’s typically much easier.”

So, should you decide to give this intermittent fasting diet a try, make sure you drink more water than usual!


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