You will lose weight if you don’t eat, but much of this weight loss will be from water, and over time you will tap into substantial amounts of muscle tissue. Occasional or intermittent fasting is great for fat loss and for encouraging the body to better use fat for fuel (which has a lot of general health benefits and improves cognition and brain health), but these should always be balanced with sufficient periods of eating plentiful, nutritious food… and plenty of it!
Research has demonstrated that when eating a healthy lower-carbohydrate diet calorie restriction is unnecessary, and, that ad-libitum (eat as much as you like)Low-Carb, High-Fat (LCHF) diets perform as well or better than standard low-fat, calorie-restricted diets for weight-loss.27-30 For overall, long-term health AND medium-term energy, focus, and cognition, eating sufficient amounts of ALL the nutrients are critically important. If you feel that you are starving your nutrition plan may not be suited to your metabolic state.
From Carb-Appropriate 101 by Cliff Harvey PhD
Carb-Appropriate 101 gives you 101 daily tips to help you achieve the energy, health & performance you deserve. It includes daily tips for nutrition, movement, exercise, meditation, mindfulness, sleep, stress-reduction, and more! These tips are some of the themes that Cliff has written and spoken about over his decades in practice, in ‘bite-sized’ mini-articles.
Read the book from cover-to-cover, applying a tip a day, or simply open the book to any page to find a valuable health and performance tip to help you feel and perform at your very best.