The trouble with most weight loss programs, whether they are pushing coconut oil or oolong tea, is that:
- they are unreasonable and extreme and make you hungry
- they won't work for everyone
For some reason, the body is pretty conservative. I travel a lot, and a lots of tourists go to Asia and immediately get sick. They blame it on poor hygiene on the part of the locals. But the locals don't get sick, nether do I normally.
That's because I eat Asian food at home at least once a week. If you NEVER eat curry, rice or Tom Yum soup - what do you think your body is going to do if you suddenly start doing it two or three times a day. Stay home and camp in your local Chinatown - and eat local - see what happens - exactly the same I'm sure.
My body is a finely tuned machine - it knows EXACTLY when its being starved and it slows down my metabolism ASAP, to wait until its usual chocolate quota is returned. Frankly - short of a definite and immediate life-threatening disease, diagnosed by my doctor - I don't do hungry voluntarily!
So I'm not quite sure why I tried fasting for weight loss, low-calorie diets, the lot. None of them worked, because they weren't sustainable - for me.
Now some people I know can sustain being hungry and going low-calorie - I know a woman who has done it for decades - but not me - and not a lot of other people if I look around me!