…Sleeping an hour or two hours later than usual isn’t suddenly going to make you have more fat. There are thousands of possible factors that may be influencing Dr. Kruse’s body fat gain during the summer months, and I really don’t see why he’s using his experience to justify his claims. On the other hand, I do agree with him on the alarm clock thing. When you adjust your circadian rhythm, increase your iodine intake, and eat a healthy diet, you’ll wake up feeling energized and will probably never need an alarm clock. As far as anecdotal evidence goes, I have never used an alarm clock and always wake up feeling refreshed (no matter how little sleep I get).Originally Posted by Jack
Also, you don’t NEED 7.5 – 8 hours of sleep. That’s one of the biggest myths of the health industry. If you can feel energized and refreshed on six hours of sleep, don’t beat yourself up and think that you’re not getting enough sleep. Conversely, don’t think that sleeping 9+ hours is healthy. Generally, anything over 8 hours for most people isn’t too good for mortality rates (not to mention spending half of your life sleeping – boring!).
Why would anyone drop PQQ if they’re active? Yeah, PQQ isn’t necessary for someone eating parsley and spinach everyday, but most of us don’t have access to those foods everyday. In addition, not all of us live at the equator, so some people may end up getting extremely low amounts of vitamin D, even if they are “active.” Furthermore, unless you’re eating seaweed everyday, it’s going to be difficult getting optimal amounts of iodine and magnesium. Coenzyme Q supplementation can’t hurt, too.Originally Posted by Jack
Does Dr. Kruse really think that eating breakfast and having an optimal circadian rhythm will really make people “shred fat” or whatever? Exercise drastically influences body composition; skipping breakfast has zero negative effects, and is likely beneficial. Again, this article is very good at explaining my thoughts: Logic Does Not Apply Part 2: BreakfastOriginally Posted by Jack
If what he’s saying is true, then those obese people who eat a breakfast of coffee, omlettes, and bacon shouldn’t even be obese!
Why would this change when you’re leptin sensitive? Does Dr. Kruse’s program make people lose muscle mass because they eat a high protein load in the morning when (supposedly) the optimal time for protein synthesis is at night? I agree with his take on eating most protein at night (but TBQH, it wouldn’t make much of a difference otherwise), though I do find it weird that he does not give his readers any rationale for going from eating most protein at breakfast and then suddenly switching to most protein at night because you’re leptin “sensitive.”Originally Posted by Jack
Also, countless research papers have stated that (The time course for elevated muscle prote... [Can J Appl Physiol. 1995] - PubMed - NCBI + related citations) protein synthesis is almost doubled for more than 24 hours following resistance exercise, so other than satiety factors, night vs. morning protein consumption isn’t going to make much of a difference. While I do agree with Dr. Kruse that there does seem to be a biochemical basis for increased protein synthesis during sleep / late afternoon (+autophagy), I haven’t seen any research specifically addressing this topic. Either way, I tend to agree with Dr. Kruse on this point because most recent research indicates that getting most of your kcals (and protein) at night > consuming those same kcals (and protein) during the day.
Not only does Dr. Kruse fail to mention WHY we should follow this piece of advice from a biochemical perspective, but there is also zero research to support this notion. Also, zero carb? Seriously? Why?Originally Posted by Jack
Cortisol isn’t a problem (see above). Moreover, sleep problems are not ALWAYS related to low DHEA, and some people actually don’t sleep as much as the average person (with or without classic symptoms of insomnia) due to genetic mutations or developmental / fetus disorders that can’t be fixed with diet (or even medication, which is a short-term solution anyway).Originally Posted by Jack
You won’t exhaust your stem cells if you’re exercising in the morning or anywhere outside the 1-4 PM window. Where’s the research or biochemical basis behind Dr. Kruse’s fear of stem cell depletion?Originally Posted by Jack
I didn’t find anything in his citations that seemed to support this statement. Also, if this effect really does happen, should I expect my arms to grow 3 inches instead of 1 inch after follow this regime? Besides, humans gain weight in the winter because they eat crazy amounts of food during the holidays. The increased food consumption during the holidays is not because of a problem in circadian rhythms; rather, people increase their food consumption because of cultural expectations / peer pressure during the holidays. However, I do agree that this effect is further contributing to the already damaged circadian rhythms of the modern day man.Originally Posted by Jack
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OK, so now we seem to be getting some biochemistry on his protein recommendations. As I mentioned above, I guess I agree with him on this point, but why doesn’t he specifically state that protein consumption needs to be increased at night when doing the Leptin Rx?