Eating Patterns - Morning vs Evening
- POSTED ON: Nov 25, 2015

This describes an ongoing problem for me. It appears to be true no matter when I eat, or what I eat. 

Whether I wake up hungry or full, I start out with motivation for various types of food restrictions, but no matter what pattern of eating I choose - even including a "moderation-no-diet" pattern - my motivation recedes throughout the day and almost entirely disappears by bedtime.

I am a "morning" person who is an early riser and my bedtime is normally early in the evening.  Over time, I've learned that no matter what eating pattern I work toward, entirely skipping my morning meal and having food at only lunch and dinnertime, results in an ongoing feeling of deprivation which makes that pattern unsustainable for me.

However, my personal eating experiments tell me that even many days of having food only at breakfast and lunch then having zero food until the following day, doesn't do much to change my own desire to eat food all day long.

Here in my days of retirement, each and every meal feels like an important event to me. Three meals a day appears to be the only pattern that would be even remotely possible for me to sustain.  I do well when eating very small meals with only tiny amounts of food.  If it were not for potential weight gain due to my body's ongoing requirement for less than 1000 calories daily, my personal preference would be to snack all day, having only a bite-or-two, here-or-there-
in-between-meals, plus only tiny amounts of food during a morning breakfast, a noon lunch, and an early evening dinner.  Unfortunately, even with ongoing computer tracking of every bite of food, it is extremely difficult to follow that type of eating pattern while keeping calories under an ongoing 1000 calorie daily total.

I continually experiment with various forms of intermittent fasting, but I can honestly say, even after all of these years of experimenting, ... for me personally .... none of them have become easier or more likeable.  I hate them all.  Yes, after 3 straight days of little or no food, physical hunger leaves, but...for me... there are still other unpleasant physical feelings, as well as ongoing unpleasant emotional feelings, that persist even after 6+ days.  And this is especially true about days of total water fasting, whether it's for only 1 day, for 3 days, or for longer than 3 days.  In fact, I hate total water fasting most of all. 

DietHobby is my personal blog.  My only agenda is to tell things as I see them at the time, and to Scrapbook diet information which I find personally interesting, helpful, or entertaining.  It's good that I'm retired, because it takes an immense amount of work for me to maintain my large weight-loss, and to keep my "reduced obese" body at, or near, a "normal" BMI.   At this point, my personal dieting hobby is taking more time and thought than an ongoing full-time job.

However,... here at almost 71 years old... I will continue on, doing this one-day-at-a-time for now... but maybe not for always. At my...

It's Not a One-Size-Fits-All World
- POSTED ON: Nov 21, 2015



In Tune with your Body???
- POSTED ON: Nov 20, 2015

.......This can be part of a "peace of mind" solution...... BUT

the bodies of people who've spent a lot of time
in morbid obesity
apparently see "nourishment" as a means to
stay at, or return to, the state of morbid obesity.

"Trust Your Body"
can be great advice for people who've always been
"normal" weight, or merely "overweight",
  and have bodies that are willing
to maintain that status quo.


Do Low-Calorie Sweetners Equal Weight-Gain?
- POSTED ON: Nov 17, 2015



Interesting article by

Dr. Arya Sharma, M.D.
who blogs at
"Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes",

who is a Source that I respect.

 Do Low-Calorie Sweeteners
Affect Energy Intake
Or Promote Weight Gain?
by Dr. Ayra Sharma, M.D.

"Yesterday, I posted about the interesting study by Madjd and colleagues suggesting that drinking water may be better for weight loss than drinking diet beverages.

But what exactly is the evidence that low-calorie sweeteners (of which there are many) may actually have non-caloric effects on energy intake or body weight?

This is the topic of a systematic review by Peter Rogers and other members of the European International Life Sciences Institute published in the International Journal of Obesity.

The authors assessed both animal and human studies involving the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners in conjunction with an ad libitum diet.

In 62 of 90 animal studies exposure to low-calorie sweeteners did not affect or decreased body weight. Of 28 studies that did report increased body weight, 19 compared compared low-calorie sweeteners with glucose exposure using a specific ‘learning’ paradigm.

In humans, 12 prospective cohort studies found inconsistent associations between the use of low-energy sweeteners and body mass index, with overall minimal effects at best.

A meta-analysis of short-term randomized controlled trials (involving 129 comparisons) showed reduced total energy intake for low-calorie sweetener versus sugar-sweetened food or beverage consumption before an ad libitum meal (about −94 kcal per day), with no difference versus water (−2 kcal per day).

These findings were consistent with energy intake observations in sustained intervention randomized controlled trials (10 comparisons), a meta-analysis of which (with study durations ranging from 4 weeks to 40 months) showed that consumption of low-calorie sweeteners versus sugar led to relatively reduced body weight (nine comparisons), and a similar relative reduction in body weight compared to water (three comparisons).

Thus, contrary to what is often stated in popular media or even by some experts, there is little if any evidence either from animal or human studies that the use low-caloric sweeteners has ...

When to Eat
- POSTED ON: Nov 10, 2015


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