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Dieting just can’t beat Fasting

Let’s face it, we all want to look our best and we all want to live long healthy lives. Then on the other hand we want to enjoy life to its fullest with all the perks. How do we get the body we want, the health we need, and the long life without sacrificing the things we love?

In one word “Fasting”. Back when people didn’t have supply chains that serviced grocery stores where they could get anything they want, whenever they want it, people went hungry. As it turns out the human body has been finely tuned to handle this situation. In fact, studies in mice and monkeys, have shown that periods of restricted calorie intake extend lives and as an additional benefit boosted intelligence. There are a number of ways to fast, the two most popular ones are Alternate Day Fasting and the 5:2 Fasting Method.

Alternate Day Fasting

This technique is basically one day of regular eating and one of fasting. On the regular day you can eat anything you want, on the next day, eat less than 600 calories. The finding is that people generally don’t make up for the lost time eating, and you will lose weight. On the surface this idea of eating anything you want, makes you think you’ll have a heart attack or some other disease from eating poorly, but the findings are that the indicators of these diseases are actually reduced. (ex. Cholesterol)

5:2 Fasting Method

The 5:2 Fasting Method is 5 days of normal eating and 2 days of restricted calorie intake. In the 2 day period women can eat 500 calories and men can eat 600 calories. In this technique you should not eat poorly on the 5 day period, eat just as you normally would. The findings are you will lose weight, and the likelihood of experiencing a disease from eating poorly is reduced. (ex. Blood Pressure)

Michael Mosley’s ‘Eat, Fast and Live Longer’ Complete Documentary [58:50]

Michael Mosley is a doctor in England and faced with some news from his General Practitioner about his health, he goes on a quest to lose weight, become healthier, and extend his life. The BBC Documentary, “Eat, Fast, and Live Longer” is excellent and tracks Michael through his experiences with the various types of fasting and the affects.

Sources:

  1. BBC News – Proof mounts on restricted diet
  2. BBC News – The power of intermittent fasting

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