The Intermittent Fasting Diet - Not Just for Weight Loss
April 23, 2014
A few months ago, my husband and I tuned into PBS and caught a special called Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosely. We’re into eating and living longer, so we settled in to watch the show.
According to Dr. Mosley, intermittent fasting, that’s choosing two non-consecutive days each week to eat just 400-500 calories, would solve many of our health woes, cut our risk of many cancers, make us live longer, and make us look ten years younger practically overnight! (Just kidding about that last one.) But, really, the health benefits--owering our blood pressure and our cholesterol and losing weight--sounded pretty awesome. My husband and I decided to give it a try.
Six months later, the benefits came true, and fasting is part of our routine. We exercise, we eat smart, and we fast twice a week.
Intermittent fasting is a cave man thing. Our hairy ancestors ate well on days that hunting and foraging were good, and did without on days when the saber tooths ran off all the game. Turns out, modern man’s constant flow of food calories puts our poor cells into non-stop growth mode, which puts us at risk for many health problems. Embracing our hunger pangs once in a while gives our cells some much needed rest.
What I like best about fasting is there’s no calorie counting. I hate calorie counting! On the two days I fast…well, I eat so little that I don’t worry about hitting the 400 calorie limit. The other five days of the week, I just eat sensibly. It doesn’t feel like dieting at all!
Read Dr. Mosely’s book, The Fastdiet, or the many other books MCPL has on fasting. Dr. Mosely’s got a health series on PBS that’s worth watching, too. And there’s lots more information available about intermittent fasting in MCPL’s health databases.
Learn to appreciate those hunger pangs! Talk to your doctor, then see if intermittent fasting could work for you too.