Habits are hard to break. Eating is a habit. Eating is part physical, part emotional. Why do we eat so much? Here’s why Dr. Fung says fasting isn’t crazy...
The advice to eat 6 or 8 or 10 times a day, and to always eat breakfast even if not hungry was never rooted in any science. There were no studies to show that this sort of advice actually worked. But if you don’t eat, then people can’t sell you products. So, eating all the time was good for business, even if not good for your waistline. Repeated often enough, this advice to eat 10 small meals per day gained a sheen of respectability that was never deserved. If you are not hungry, then don’t eat. That seems pretty logical. Instead, we believed and told our children that “Even if you are not hungry, you must shove some granola bars into your mouth or you’ll be unhealthy”.
Then we turn around and wonder why we have a childhood obesity crisis.
Read more of Dr. Fung’s thoughts here.