So, what are the scientifically proven results of intermittent fasting to lose weight? It seems like a lot of studies around the world are being done on laboratory mice – usually a sign that human testing will follow soon. Mice, surprisingly, have a genome that is 95% similar to humans, also they have accelerated life spans so one mouse year is equivalent to 30 human years, allowing researchers to quickly discover what long term effects of certain therapies will be.
Of course animal testing is a very controversial issue in itself, but the mice in these specific tests were not harmed. Continue reading
Brad Pilon hasn’t invented anything new with the Eat Stop Eat diet plan. Intermittent fasting has been around for tens of thousands of years. Recent studies, including those quoted in Pilon’s book, show that the human body is built to accumulate fat and burn fat according to the availability of food. Our metabolisms apparently have been induced into laziness by eating regular meals since childhood. Continue reading
Fasting is probably the oldest form of healing known to man. Even animals go without food when they are not well. Nature’s logic is flawless: if calories are not available from the outside, they must be taken from the body itself, but “optimized for survival” as we are, our bodies have the ability to selectively “eat” body waste and cells that are no longer in prime health. If we hold this to be true, then the Eat Stop Eat results reported make perfect sense.
For this reason, fasting is beneficial to the body and to the mind. Paul Bragg wrote in his book, The Miracle of Fasting:
Fasting works by self-digestion. During a fast your body intuitively will decompose and burn only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased, or unneeded, such as: abscesses, tumours, excess fat deposits, excess water, and congestive wastes. Even a short fast (1 to 3 days) will accelerate elimination from your liver, kidneys, lungs, bloodstream and skin.
While Eat Stop Eat is more of a “diet” (lifestyle change) than anything to do with religion, it’s interesting to observe that so many faiths around the globe believe in the spiritual and physical cleansing and well being which comes from fasting.
Religions have always had the double role of connecting people to a higher power, but also aiding society as a whole. Regular washing, for example, was required as a religious practice in almost all religions as a means to save the population from disease. In the past the level of education was very low and to save the masses from epidemic outbreaks, making it a a religious act was one of the most effective ways of gaining appreciable results.
The same is to be said for fasting. Through thousands of years, fasting has been prescribed by most religions, not only for health purposes, but for a very particular state of mind that fasting induces. Continue reading