So I picked up this diet book on Leptin. I had been reading alot about it since leptin is in control of “everything” and by everything I mean Insulin, Thyroid, Dopamine, Appetite, Test (to a certain extent), and just basically all the good stuff. I’m currently dieting, so lets assume I’m not trying to gain muscle mass, just lose fat and stay strong and whatnot.
So this PhD husband and wife couple have compiled the data on Leptin into this book, containing information they claim is backed by 8000 research papers. And they have basically 5 “rules” to follow to maximize leptin.
One of, if not the main rule, is don’t eat more than 3 meals per day. Suggesting that after 3-4 hours or something your body starts breaking down the glycogen in your liver as well as breaking down fat (didn’t say anything about muscle, but I’m sure most of us would assume muscle could be being broken down as well). Also stating it is necessary for us to exercise this component of our metabolism to ensure it’s efficiency and aid in fat-loss etc.
So they say don’t eat more than 3 meals per day, as well make sure you wait at LEAST 5-6 hours between meals, suggesting if you cannot that your leptin is out of whack, because leptin controls hunger, and to maximize it you should be able to stave off at least 5 hours without feeling hungry if you had a proper meal.
Along with this rule is the rule that you should not eat after dinner at all, nor should you snack at all. They say wait at least 3 hours after eating before going to bed, and that your morning meal should be 10-11 hours or more after you last meal, so that your body has switched gears to burning fat in it’s resting state.
They also believe in fasted cardio, and exercise sessions for fat loss lasting between 1-2 hours to maximize BAT activation and fat burning. They say once you reach a pace that is somewhat effortless to maintain and your sweating that you should maintain it for the required duration to maximize fat loss.
Anyways, a lot of this information is somewhat contradictory to what I’ve read and what a lot of trainers on here preach, save just today in the article stating it’s ok to only eat “3-5” meals a day, in this case 3. So what do you guys think?