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Fasting

I don’t know about you but as I struggle to try and eat more healthily I really don’t know who to turn to for the ‘right’ advice on what to eat.  Recently I have been reading ‘The Obesity Code’ by Jason Fung and the science in his book seems to ring true for me.
He explains that high levels of Insulin drive obesity and the foods that increase insulin are sugars and refined carbs and less so proteins and fats. Interestingly artificial sweeteners, whilst not affecting blood sugar do increase insulin. Therefore to have a healthy weight we should reduce sugar and carbs and eat more protein and healthy fats. However he explains that there is another factor that is very important in weight management and that is when we eat.
So he advocates periods of fasting to give our bodies a rest from all the insulin. This makes us less likely to develop insulin resistance which leads to Type 2 Diabetes.
Now I am someone who loves to eat and to eat often so I have resisted (fiercely) the idea of fasting. But Jason Fung‘s arguments were so convincing that I have tried to stop snacking (which I have managed some of the time) and I have stopped eating breakfast to give myself a longer break from insulin ( which has not been anything like as awful as I imagined and I have felt really well all morning). With Type 2 Diabetes in my family it is something I need to take seriously.

Here is an interesting article from Jason Fung on intermittent fasting.

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2 thoughts on “Fasting”

  1. Hi Marie
    Congratulations on your new business.Another helpful book which tries to simplify the key messages derived from evidence based studies on nutrition, health and wellbeing is “The 4 Pillar Plan: How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee – the associated podcasts are also fascinating and informative.

    1. mariepaterson

      Thanks Pam
      I have recently read that book and watched some of Dr Chatterjee’s videos. I also thought he was great in ‘Doctor in the House”. He is not too extreme in his advice and also has the experience of working with so many patients over the years – definitely good advice to follow. Best wishes Marie

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