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June 18, 2008

Skip the Food

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Will Intermittent Fasting be the next health craze? But perhaps it's having its moment already -- behold the Intermittent Fasting Blog. Whatever the case, this particular low-carb-believin', Shangri-La-followin' Gary Taubes fan is eager to give IF a try.



posted by Michael at June 18, 2008


I enjoyed a refreshing intermittent fast between two double Whoppers today.

Posted by: agnostic on June 18, 2008 3:03 AM

It's spring in your hemisphere. Take some good lumps of spring lamb, flour and fry them, then place those lumps - with fried-down garlic and onions - in a big, sooty, heavy pot. Mix in some black, moist sugar then place in a hot oven to caramelise. Next add meat-stock and chopped tomato - as well as thyme, bay, parsley, salt, pepper - cover and simmer low till almost cooked. Near the end add plenty of freshly steamed spring veggies: peas, beans, cubed turnip etc. Eat this honey-like mess with plenty of buttery mash. Navarin of lamb!

Or you could do the Daily Apple thing and have a 'fuelling strategy'; maybe use an alarm clock to remind you when to graze. And don't forget Damage Control Master Formula. It's not just anti-stress and anti-aging. It's got a great cognition profile. (We hear so much about cognition and cognitive stuff these days. It's to do with thinking...I think.)

And use that fuelling strategy to harness your DNA footprint!

Posted by: Robert Townshend on June 18, 2008 9:51 AM

I have a buddy who's done this for years. He fasts for 5 days once a year.

Here are the things I know about it from him:

1) Day three is when it truly begins to suck, so brace yourself.

2) Water, lots of it, but don't go too far as you can get water poisoning. Avoid things like coffee and tea, too.

3) After you resume eating, you will discover that you are now allergic to foods you've been able to eat prior to the fast (especially after the first fast). My buddy's theory is you've been allergic all along, but have built up a tolerance - kinda like getting allergy shots. He says if you avoid those foods that you discover you are allergic to, you feel better.

4) When you resume eating, the first two meals should be small and not very fatty. That is, don't pound a quarter-pounder and fries or you will hate yourself, especially if you don't clean your toilet often.

Posted by: yahmdallah on June 18, 2008 3:15 PM

Intermittent fasting sounds rather strange, to say the least, but considering how often people have no luck losing weight on conventional diets it might be worth a try for some.

Posted by: Peter on June 18, 2008 3:19 PM

Maybe this is too obvious to say but fasting, sooner or later, depending on will power, is followed by bingeing. Which cancels out the fasting. So I don't see fasting working as a diet. In fact, there is no diet that works as a diet. The weight is always put back on. A diet is at best a temporary fix. Nothing against those who diet. But it's an illusion to think that dieting solves the weight problem. Nothing solves the weight problem -- permanently. Buying bigger pants is the solution.

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