Your Stubborn Belly Fat Gone in 21 Days? (It’s Genius)

The surprising secret behind diets | Jason Fung

I wish fasting was more mainstream. I don’t mention fasting to people because when I do they freak out. Fasting and low carb eating is the only thing that has ever worked for me.

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there’s been a lot of different belly fat diets over the years i mean all of them seem to work for a short period of time otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten so popular so what was the secret behind all these different diets why did they all work for a short period of time until they stopped working we’re going to talk about that coming right up [Music] when you look at the number of diets through the years there’s it’s gone through several trends and some of them have been completely opposite of one another yet for some reason they seem to have worked there are for example low fat diets and there are high fat diets there are low carb diets and there are high carb diets there’s high protein diets there’s low protein diets such as many vegetarian diets are lower in protein so we also have things like cabbage soup diets and shake diets and cookie diets and all sorts of other things and yet strangely enough they all seem to work but after a short while they seem to stop working and so does it really matter what type of food you’re eating the diet that you’re eating how can two diets that are so different still have the same effect and the answer is monotony let me explain when we eat diets we are restricting certain foods that’s what it means out of all the foods that we can eat we decide that we’re not going to eat some of them whether it’s low fat or high fat that’s what it means when you do that what you’re doing is you’re creating less variety for yourself and therefore the foods become more monotonous think about the 1970s the diet that i grew up with and really all the kids in school we followed for lunch anyway the sandwich diet that is every single day for lunch we had two slabs of white bread with some kind of processed meat in the middle a juice box and maybe a cookie or a wagon wheel or something like that for dessert and it was all brought in a brown bag and later you’d bring it in a lunch box for example but it was the same every single day monday to friday for virtually the whole year for 10 or 15 years in a row and what this does is it makes you not really want to eat the reason that we eat foods there’s two reasons one is because we’re hungry and two is because it tastes good so if you’re eating the same food even if it’s a very good food eventually you’re just going to get tired of it and therefore you’re going to take away one of the biggest reasons that we eat which is the pleasure of eating so if i’m eating that bologna sandwich day in day out i might have started liking bologna sandwiches at first but then after a while it’s just food the minute that i stop the hunger i’m gonna stop eating that baloney sandwich because there’s no pleasure in it left the hunger pangs are gone and that’s it it’s done if we look at that diet today you’d say wow you’ve got processed foods you’ve got white bread you’ve got processed meats you’ve got sugary drinks and another processed dessert on the side extremely unhealthy by today’s diet yet in the 1970s there was very very little obesity compared to today so when you think about the diets these are what restricting certain types of foods do so when we had the low-fat diet of the 1970s and 80s people would lose weight because all of a sudden these higher fat foods were restricted to them so that they didn’t like the foods that they ate so much so that as soon as they’re satiated they would stop eating and it goes for things like cabbage soup diets and cookie diets for example if you eat a cookie it’s great at first if you eat a cookie day in day out for all you know year after year pretty soon it’s just food it’s no longer good for you so i can make up any diet i can make up a diet that consists of one or only a few foods and it really doesn’t matter even what types of foods they are it’s still going to be an effective diet but what’s the downfall why do all these diets fail after a while well it’s for the same reason they work they take away the pleasure of eating and therefore after a certain period of time people think well i don’t really want to restrict myself so much i want to eat bread or i want to eat fatty foods or i want to eat high carb or low carb or high fat or low fat or high protein or low protein so then they just abandon the diet and as soon as you do that then the weight starts to come back when we look at the obesity epidemic today from that standpoint we can then say what’s different about today compared to say 50 years ago in the 1970s when we didn’t have so much obesity a lot of people say well it’s willpower but i don’t think it’s a willpower because this has affected all of north america and now pretty well all over the world so we can put it down to three factors which are related to the monotony one is the explosion of worldwide cuisine when you look at the 1970s cuisine was still fairly regional so people in the united states would eat a certain thing and different parts of the united states would eat different things the people in the europe would eat different things people in asia would eat different things but they didn’t eat each other’s food it just wasn’t that popular at that time so the variety of foods was much lower when we talked about the 1970s people were talking about meat and potatoes there was no sushi restaurants there was no sushi in the mall there was burgers that was what you found in north america but now you look at the modern day mall and there’s foods from all over the world the variety has just exploded there’s japanese food there’s asian food there’s indian food there’s food from all corners of the world and it’s all delicious but because it’s also new and provides variety the pleasure that you get from eating these foods is always there because it’s always something different you look at the supermarket too you have food from all over you have pink pineapples and you have long ends and you have rambutans fruits that you never used to see in the supermarket you have fresh fish from flown in daily at my local supermarket so there is so much more things that you can eat today than before and what that’s translated to is that people are going to eat more because they’re eating for the pleasure of eating as opposed to just making sure that they’re no longer hungry the second thing that has changed today compared to the 1970s is the convenience and the cost if it’s not convenient to eat a food you’re not going to eat it if for example you want a donut well it’s delicious but if you had to go get the flour out and let it proof and then make it and fry it and then put the sugary dressing on top well you probably wouldn’t eat it because it would take you three or four hours to make it and it’s just not that worth it however if you’re simply at the donut store because you walked right past it well that’s a totally different proposition you might just eat that donut so the point is that foods are much more convenient than they used to be we see this proliferation of fast foods of convenient foods and the cost has come way down compared to what it used to cost to get these exact same foods and again because it’s pleasurable to eat them because it’s not going to cost you a lot of money well you’re going to naturally eat them and the third factor is that we’re eating all the time and this partially goes back to number two if it’s convenient and cheap well it’s a lot easier to eat all the time but you look at the number of times people eat it’s much more than before before it was three meals a day no snacks now these days most people are eating five six times a day and they’re eating really from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed and it’s important because when you’re eating all the time you’re not just eating because you’re hungry you’re eating for pleasure and when you look at those two reasons you didn’t really need to take that snack but it was convenient it was cheap and it was delicious so then you had that snack and that’s going to make you eat more so these three factors the explosion of variety the convenience and cost and eating all the time have really conspired to lead to this obesity epidemic so what’s the solution well you got to realize that it’s not about exercise it’s not about willpower the obesity epidemic is not an epidemic of low willpower it’s these other factors we’re not going to be able to stop the variety of foods and the if it’s convenient and cost effective we’re not going to be able to change that either so what’s the factor that’s most in our control it’s the eating all the time that’s where fasting really shines by imposing constraints on the times that you’re eating if it is no longer socially acceptable or you’re not expecting to eat in the middle of the day well you’re not going to and therefore you’re just going to carry on and by doing that you’re going to allow your body the time that it takes to work off the foods that you ate and therefore maintain a steady weight over time so when you’re thinking about the way that we developed obesity it really gives you insights into how you’re going to change your schedule so that you can lose that weight thanks for watching everybody i hope you learned something and if you did maybe share it with a friend they might learn something too they might learn something useful and if you could do me a favor and hit that like button uh down there so that other people can find this video i’d really appreciate that see you next week

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