Hong Kong and Fasting for Weight Loss

Grind for December 13th
“Thoughts are the shadow of our feelings – always darker, emptier, and simpler.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Staying Strong

The Headline

Hong Kong protest enters seventh month

The Grind

Up to 800,000 people participated in a rally this weekend in Hong Kong in celebration of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day.

The demonstration was among the largest held since June, when Hong Kongers began protesting an extradition bill. Protestors chanted “Stand with Hong Kong, “Fight for Freedom,” and “Revolution in our times.”

Many of them held up five fingers to represent the movement’s five demands:

–Withdrawal of the extradition bill

— Investigation of police brutality

— Release of arrested protestors

— Retraction of official statements describing the protests as “riots”

— Democratic elections and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam

One supporter crawled and her hands and knees through the crowd, dragging bricks and empty cans behind her to symbolize the difficulty and monotony of the protest.

“If the government still refuses to acknowledge our demands after today, we should and will escalate our protests,” warned protestor Tamara Wong.

The Details

The event was largely peaceful, with the exception of a few vandalized buildings and roughly 11 arrests. Police also seized several firearms from a group of suspects who had planned to use the weapons to frame the police, who are accused of using excessive force to disperse protestors.

“They are out of control,” said protestor Ernest Yau of the Hong Kong police. “We understand our common enemy…We understand that we have to be united to fight against China, to fight against a government that doesn’t listen to its people.”

Sunday’s demonstration comes two weeks after a stunning victory for pro-Democracy advocates in local elections as well as the singing of two bills in the United States – one that keeps tabs on China’s treatment of Hong Kong and one that suspends munitions sales to Hong Kong police.

Unfortunately the protest is doomed to end in failure because Beijing will give no ground despite Hong Kong’s wishes, police brutality, or economic fallout.

A New Idea

The Headline

New study links intermittent fasting to weight loss

The Grind

A new study published in Cell Metabolism suggests limiting food intake to a 10-hour window can improve weight loss.

For example, if you eat breakfast at 7:00am you shouldn’t eat anything after 5:00pm.

The Details

Study participants who followed the eating guidelines saw a 3% reduction in weight and a 4% reduction in belly fat after 12 weeks. On average, they ate 8.6% fewer calories due to the time restriction.

Other benefits include: improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure, better sleep quality, and more energy.

“When you go into a fasting state, you start to deplete the glucose stores in your body and you start to use fat as your energy source,” explains Dr. Pam Taub, cardiologist and lead study author. “You can enter a low-grade state of ketosis.”

In addition, intermittent fasting gives our metabolic organs a break from processing food. “When you’re constantly giving your body calories, you’re constantly making your cells work,” she says. It’s like staying up all night without sleep.

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