Fasts and feasts are rhythms of life. Fasts follow feasts , and feasts follow fasts. Very few people believe that fasting can be a tool to improve our health and take it to the next level. The Complete Guide to fasting by Jason Fung , MD and Jimmy Moore convinces us that fasting is an extremely powerful tool to enable us to make a jump in our health to the next level and for the better. First published in 2016 by Victory Belt publishing Inc. , it has 304 pages.
Fasting has a long history. Most of the religions prescribe fasting either on a weekly basis or annually or at some other frequency. This book has shown ,on the basis of scientific evidence , that fasting helps us with weight loss, can cure type2 diabetes , prevent cancer and slow down aging.
No single protocol of fasting suits every one . It is for each of us to choose what protocol suits us the best. Some prefer alternate-day fasting , some prefer extended fasts lasting several days , some prefer twice per week 24 hour fasts.
One major worry about fasting is hunger. The book says that hunger starts in the mind. It is a conditioning of mind which can be defeated. Hunger comes in waves and each wave can be controlled by drinking green tea or coffee9 without sugar or sweetner). Children, pregnant women and unwell persons on medication should not fast.
All foods raise insulin to some degree. Therefore the most effective method of reducing insulin is to avoid food altogether. When we fast , insulin falls and glycogen is used up and the body begins to switch over to burning stored fats in it for energy. Fasting is different from living on a permanent low-calorie diet. When we diet , body may respond to less eating by slowing the metabolism. Fasting on the other hand produces harmones that tell the body it is time to tap reserves. Thus , during fasting , body is getting energy from burning its reserves of fat. Body fats provide energy in the form of fatty acids, ketones and some amount of glucose as well. In fasting , increase in adrenaline stimulates the metabolism , and this does not let metabolism to slow down , (while metabolism slows down during low calorie dieting).
This is a very scientific , well written and beautifully printed book about fasting and succeeds in convincing us about the merits of fasting. You may like to give it a chance .It could change your life in more ways than one.