Eating frequency and weight loss: results of 6 months follow up of a public health campaign at Aurangabad

Obesity is a major health problem in developed as well as developing countries.

1 Obesity is recognized as a major preventable risk factor that contributes to a broad range of common chronic diseases in the United States, including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus. Increased risk of insulin-resistant states, including glucose intolerance and Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) in obese subjects, has also been well documented.

2 Insulin is the hormone responsible for utilization of carbohydrates for energy in the body. In its absence or when its levels are low, the body switches over to fats as a source of energy. Insulin is secreted in large quantities if one consumes food item that contains carbohydrates. Proteins and fats have minimal effect on insulin secretion.The “carbo-insulin connection” theory was popularized by late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar from 1997 to 2004. He advocated the idea of eating only twice a day to lose weight and prevent obesity.

3 The author tried this theory on himself from January to March 2013 and lost 8kg of weight and 2 inches from his belly! Impressed by the success of this simple method of losing weight and preventing obesity, author wrote a book titled “Effortless weight loss” which got published in September 2013.

Since then the author is conducting lectures for lay people educating them about eating twice and losing weight. Author has addressed audiences in many cities and towns of Maharashtra. The present study provides the encouraging results of this public health campaign. The results are from 6 months follow up of this campaign which involves 446 individuals.

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  • The theory in nutshell

    This weight loss theory is based on a very simple principle. Every time we consume any food item containing carbohydrates we secrete insulin. If we eat breakfast or complete lunch or dinner, the quantity of insulin secreted is almost the same. 4 Insulin secretion is of two types. There is a baseline secretion 18 to 32 unit per 24 hours which is beyond our control. 5 Secondly, with each episode of eating, we secrete insulin. As our blood always has high level of insulin, the body uses carbohydrates as a source of energy and fats remain untouched. Insulin being the saving hormone, tries to store energy in the form of fats. When we treat a diabetic patient with injectable insulin, one of the side effects is weight gain. When we are fasting say 3 to 4 hours after lunch or dinner, our insulin level goes down. The lowered level of insulin stimulates the body to use firstly liver glycogen and then fats for the purpose of energy. Hence when a person eats only twice in the day, s/he loses weight.

  • Would that everyone could get the message!

    As I've said in the past, if baseline insulin is permanently elevated it is IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight. That's why missing breakfast after a nights sleep is a great way to lower it.

    Excellent post.

  • If a person is taking insulin, they have to eat all meals and snacks at a regular timed schedule. If they don't, the person could drop from low blood sugar.

  • Oh sorry.....I am not all that learned...and medically trained person....

    There are many learned members around....

  • ragivrao

    I really don't know much about this...but just as per Ayurveda...diabetes in non obese due to Vata dosha...

    May be shrisamarth will be able to throw more light on same.

  • do u have any data on triglycerides of a lean diabetic on high carb diet? tg/hdl is indirect indicator of insulin resistance.

  • In many people I had seen with big , very big fat belly and over weight where they eat once in a day .

  • Perhaps they may be snacking whole day on high carbs, though eating one meal a day. Else, it is impossible to eat the entire day's calorie in one meal. One source of empty calories is coke. One can will get 150 kcal. Here's one little experiment which got me 1000 kcal from just 1000 ml Amul Kool:

    and I had just one meal that day.

  • from the begining I have been insisting on the fact that excess weight is due to excess food full of empty calories . COOL DRINKS , DIET COLAS , FRUIT JUICES , BAKERY PRODUCTS MADE WITH BLEACHED FLOUR ,ETC all give empty calories only . Those of one meal eaters are different who have a full nutricious food but invite more insulin by taking excess food at one go.

  • Good reference cure

  • Twice a day is nearly what Intermittent fasting is all about.

    Insulin Insulin Insulin -- This is what one needs to look at in blood reports and get the fasting insulin below 9 at all costs.

    Also, since insulin is secreted every time we eat, this is the primary reason why I do not subscribe to the mainstream's advise to diabetics about eating every 2 hrs. That's counterproductive and practically impossible for a working professional of 21st century.

    Good to see followers of Jason Fung increasing in India.

  • Absolutely Anup!

  • There are quite a lot of them

    Even on Keto

    Facebook is full of many indians on lchf, Keto and IF..

  • Yes, Internet as a medium is benefiting the health conscious a lot.

    All it takes is a little bit of effort and willingness to give up old bad habits and beliefs. I imagine myself being on 1500 to 2000 mg Metformin at least if it was not for the internet, instead of current status of ZERO Medications for the sixth year running. Who knows, even SU medications would have come in and that in turn would have added medications for hypertension and lipids too as elevated insulin would never have been looked at.

  • In some FB posts I could read many south Indiana on Keto diet.. Forget lchf..

  • Type 1 diabetics have to eat every few hours. Snacks have to be done, if necessary. If you do an insulin shot, there has to be food to meet that dose or the person will drop.

  • @anup bhai

    read here- The “carbo-insulin connection” theory was popularized by late Dr. Shrikant Jichkar from 1997 to 2004.


    Many also have obesity. By the early 2010s my interest in nutrition, combined with my professional focus on obesity and T2D had led me directly to the diabesity puzzle.

    So guess Dr Jeson fung started bit late than Dr Jichkar????

    Shrikant Jichkar (Marathi: श्रीकांत जिचकार; September 14, 1954 – June 2, 2004). He held numerous academic degrees and is hence well known as "the most qualified person" of India and is noted likewise in Limca Book of Records for the India's most qualified person.[1] He holds the Limca Book of Records for the most qualified person in the India. Began as a Medical Doctor (MBBS and MD) he did his Law (LL.B.) with Post-graduation in International Law (LL.M.) and his Masters in Business Administration (DBM and MBA) and in Journalism (B.Journ). He got his D. Litt (Doctor of Literature) in Sanskrit, the highest of any Degree in a University. Most of his Degrees are with First Merit and he has obtained several Gold Medals for his degrees. Between 1973 and 1990 he has written 42 University Examinations, every summer and every winter. In 1978 he wrote the IPS (Indian Police Service) examination and got into it, resigned, wrote the prestigious IAS (Indian Administrative Services) examination in 1980 and got into it, resigning in four months to contest his first general election. In 1980 he was elected to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, becoming the youngest MLA in the country at 25 and subsequently became a very powerful government Minister holding 14 portfolios at a time.[2] He had one of the biggest personal libraries in India with 52,000 books. Jichkar was also an academician, painter, professional photographer, and stage actor. He has been member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1982–85), Maharashtra Legislative Council (1986–92) and served as Minister of State, Government of Maharashtra. He was also a member of Rajya Sabha, India (1992–98). He died in car accident at the age of 49 and India lost his most degree holder person.

  • Here is facebook page for the same

  • @anup bhai competition for you.... this fellow got 4000 members of facebook and 35 whatsapp groups behind him...

  • I am not competing with anyone.

    Wars are not fought on Facebook and Whatsapp

    -- Shifuji Shaurya Bharadwaj


  • lol..But guess what??? Soon these doctors and medical companies will go bankrupt

  • No

    They will never go bankrupt

    Many Still want to continue eating high carbs and sugars

    So the story will continue

    But it will be the story of the ant and the grasshopper

    We are the ants

  • It will need a Ramdev style campaign to make a dent. Then, just as it happens with Coke and Pepsi now, Buy One get One Free, we may see Buy One Invokana and Get One Free.

  • Just now had detailed discussion with author of said paper Dr Jagannath Dixit....

    I tried to draw his attention to the fact and even when person eats only twice in will be far better if he eats only such items(LCHF) that his insulin response to his meal will be bear minimum ...he will be able to give keep his insulin level to lowest.

    This will help person to give more rest to his beta cells.

    Dr.Fung suggest IF for the same.

    One of the reason for high IR is malfunction at mitochondria.

    How can we improve this??

    Is there any other way besides fasting to improve the same??

  • 50% Delhi is suspected to be diabetic. As screening gets more aggressive, the numbers pan India will rise as there are many who are walking with un-Dx'd diabetes.

    I think, we will have to wrap our heads around only one fact -- minimize Lipogenesis. We can minimize with what we do, others can minimize with 150g carbs by walking 5km/day while others will be able to do with 200 gms carbs/day by walking 10 km/day. Athletes who train hard can do with even 500gms carbs/day.

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