Why “eat less, move more” doesn’t work for weight loss

Numerous studies have concluded that dieting is associated with long term weight gain. This phenomenon has even been given a scientific name: fat overshooting. In other words, you will regain the weight that you lost, and then some. This apparent paradox is attributed to a decrease in resting energy expenditure and “adaptive thermogenesis”, as the body (the thyroid gland) adjusts its metabolic rate to match the reduction in calorie intake. It doesn’t have to be like this. The long-term solution is easier, more effective and evidence-based. It involves these three principles.

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How intermittent fasting with exercise can boost your brain

Most people practise intermittent fasting in order to lose weight, and it is indeed an effective strategy. Less well known are the neurological benefits, which include improved mood and memory, and reduced risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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How eating more fat can improve your memory

The dry weight of the brain is 60% fat. It’s all there: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. There’s also a good deal of cholesterol, a fat-like substance. As well as forming part of the structure of the brain, and providing fuel, these fats play a role in maintaining memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

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How fat babies develop healthy adult brains

Human babies are the only land mammals born fat, and there is good reason for that. When humans evolved from plant-eating tree-dwellers to omnivorous land-dwellers, an extraordinary burst of brain growth was triggered. The large human brain is dependent on fat for growth and function, from conception to old age.

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Alzheimer’s disease and the sugar connection

Alzheimer’s and diabetes are so closely linked that researchers now refer to Alzheimer’s as type 3 diabetes. Here’s how to reduce your risk of both.

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