Fasting is when we go through specific periods of time without eating, or in some cases, drinking. This is something not very many people do, but a lot more people should be doing.
You see, fasting has been proven to have many benefits throughout multiple studies. These studies suggest that intermittent fasting can help with weight loss, reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure. That being said, the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t seem too interested in studying this. Intermittent fasting may also be able to help prevent Alzheimer’s!
The benefits really sound almost too good to be true, but they are not. The most common method of intermittent fasting is not eating for around 12-18 hours a day. However, some people choose to go two days without food, and in rare cases do this multiple times a week.
Mark Mattson spoke about this not too long ago on TedX. For those who do not know, Mattson is the chief Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. He is able to present this subject with such detail that I could listen for hours. He goes over the good and the bad all the while making you feel at ease.
There are many diet trends out there and most don’t work. This one has been around for ages and seems to do more than we could imagine. Taking a break from eating seems to be quite effective as long as it doesn’t become an extreme issue. I do not suggest fasting for more than 2 days.
Mark Mattson said this during his presentation:
“Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? It isn’t that it’s the healthiest eating pattern, now that’s my opinion but I think there is a lot of evidence to support that. There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there’s a lot of money involved. The food industry – are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy, is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?”
To check out more on this watch Mattson’s presentation below. It seems intermittent fasting can benefit us all in some way. While I don’t think I could do it right now, after working up to it a bit I will be giving it a go. Would you try intermittent fasting?