That’s the name of a new book, subtitled, The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You, by Sylvia Tara, PhD. A couple days ago I was listening to a People’s Pharmacy show, #1068, aired on Feb 2 in which Joe and Terry Graedon spend approximately three quarters of an hour interviewing the author.
Sylvia Tara struggled with weight control for the majority of her life and out of that became motivated to learn everything she could about fat, hoping to discover the secrets of successful weight maintenance. What she found underscores my last blog post on The Buffer Zone Diet as well as my own experience with weight control.
The part of the interview I found most interesting was Dr. Tara’s explanation of the hormonal influencers on our fat. She explained that growth hormone, a fat-busting hormone, peaks at night. Consequently, one of the best ways to both lose fat and maintain weight loss is through extending the overnight fasting window.
Sylvia was successful in losing an excess 30 pounds and has kept it off by avoiding food between approximately 4:00 pm and 10:00 am, a similar system to Fred Cuellar of the Buffer Zone Diet. I also have always found this to be the easiest weight control formula and have practiced it for years, so much so that I rarely eat a meal in the evening.
Sylvia Tara also explained that when we become hungry, our body releases a hormone called ghrellin which in turn increases the output of growth hormone. Therefore, when you experience hunger late in the evening after missing supper, the realization that your body is releasing chemicals that access and burn fat stores can be encouraging. If you feel a real need for nourishment, a small amount of lean protein with some fruit or a vegetable can provide energy and relieve the intensity of hunger.
Of course, eating a healthy diet during the remainder of the day, getting plenty of sleep and including physical activity in your daily routine are important as well to good self-care and effective weight management. Finding a good support group can be a crucial factor as well. Weight Watchers, TOPS, SparkPeople.com and many others have proven track records for success.