I came across this TEDx talk given by Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. It presents some fascinating details about fasting and why it isn’t as popular as it should be.
Many research studies are showing its benefits. This article by Authority Nutrition highlights 10 evidence-based health benefits of fasting that studies have found. These include weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.
But the real interesting question is, why won’t the pharmaceutical industry study it?
Here is a transcript of a section of Mark Mattson’s talk which hints at these questions:
“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?”
Please watch and share so we can raise questions about our eating habits and how we can become more healthy.
To further back up the benefits of fasting, here is a quote from an author from The Power of Ideas who tried intermittent fasting for one month:
“Intermittent fasting has now become my way of life. It feels damn good and I find myself being clear and focused. My energy levels have sky rocketed. I used to always get that afternoon slump when I felt tired at about 3 PM, but I don’t experience this anymore.
Eating has also come to be an experience that’s enjoyed, rather than just food to scoff down as fast as I can. This has made it easy to keep intermittent fasting going.
Also, after a couple weeks, I decided to try exercising (running and weights) as soon as I woke up on an empty stomach. I thought I would feel light headed and faint from working out on an empty stomach, but the truth is, I had more grit and energy.
Research has found that there’s major perks to doing this: apparently it’s meant to supercharge your body’s fat-burning potential.”