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March 05, 2021


Not a major surprise, but a study finds that moderate-to-vigorous exercise can protect against the risk of type 2 diabetes.

According to a recent study, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and less sedentary time improve glucose metabolism and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in older adults. Based on the results, it is important to encourage older adults to avoid sedentary time and increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity to improve their glucose metabolism.


"Active" older adults had a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes than older adults in the 'couch potatoes' profile, one in two of whom were found to have a glucose metabolism disorder. The blood glucose and insulin concentrations in the 'active' profile were lower throughout the glucose tolerance test compared to those in the less physically active groups. Older adults in the 'active' profile had a better glucose tolerance and muscle insulin sensitivity than those in the 'couch potatoes' profile, both clear signs of a reduced risk of diabetes.

A new study claims that alternate-day fasting makes it harder to lose belly fat.

I don't know if I believe that. A lot of studies say a lot of different things.

But... it might help explain why my 5:2 fasting regime hasn't done crap for me in three months.

Note: They wrongly call alternate day fasting (eat one day, fast the next) "intermittent fasting." I mean, I guess it is intermittent fasting, or at least one of many dozens of variations of it.

Most people would say "intermittent fasting" is fasting sixteen hours per day and eating in an eight hour window (and other variations).

Hoping to rid yourself of unwanted belly fat? If your diet involves intermittent fasting -- abstaining from food for several hours at a time -- it may be hindering your progress in shedding fat around this area of the body, suggests the findings of a new study.

In the study conducted by researchers with the University of Sydney in Australia and published earlier this week in the journal Cell Reports, researchers found that visceral belly fat — the fat tissue surrounding organs, including the stomach -- is particularly resistant to releasing energy during intermittent fasting. In other words, this type of fat goes into "preservation mode" to protect its energy in anticipation for the next period of fasting, possibly making it more difficult to bust unwanted belly fat.


During a fast, fat tissue acts as an energy source for the body by releasing fatty acid molecules. In the study, however, the researchers found that visceral becomes resistant to this energy release during periods of fasting, suggesting that visceral fat "can adapt to repeated fasting bouts and protect its energy store," Larance said.


It’s important to note that the study focused on alternate-day fasting, with Larance warning the findings "may not apply to different diet regimes such as the 5:2 diet (fasting 2 days out of 7) or calorie restriction, which is common in people wanting to lose weight."

Yeah I don't believe it applies to nearly any fasting regime.

Fasting was far too common in the past -- people routinely went days without food -- for this to trigger some damaging, permanent change in the body's ability to burn fat for metabolic energy.

I have no gains to report.

How about you? What kind of GAINZZZ are you making?

And what BOOKZZZ are you reading now, or plan to read this week? I got a couple of Roger Zelazny books, Changeling and Coils, because I've had the desire to revisit my 12-year-old self again.

One of the books looks like a Science Fiction Book Club edition. Score!

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