"The Complete Guide to Fasting" - Jason Fung, MD
Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and try to be healthier? How is that going for you? It’s hard to stay on track and create those new habits, isn’t it? Maybe trying something different for a few weeks will get you back in line with your goals. “The Complete Guide to Fasting” by Jason Fung, MD is an approach which seems to make a lot of sense to people who need to lose weight and/or have type 2 diabetes. It is also a tool to improve heart health, prevent cancer, decrease inflammation, increase energy, and help slow the aging process. Sounds great!
Fasting is controlled and deliberate and is not the same as starvation, which is involuntary. Fasting is designed to treat the underlying problems as well as the symptoms. There are many options for fasting, all described in detail in this book. Dr. Fung, researched obesity and its causes trying to help his kidney patients, thinking like everyone else that excessive caloric intake was the cause. He worked with his patients, studied the successes of the low-carbohydrate diets, questioned the use of insulin in diabetics (which causes weight gain), and ultimately decided that avoiding all foods (for a time) was a great possibility.
There is no standard time limit for fasting - it can be done for a few hours, a day, a month, or longer - it’s up to you (and your doctor!). Studies show that people were healthier in the 1970’s when they only ate three meals a day. Recent studies suggest that it’s better to have six or seven ‘meals’ per day and yet we keep hearing about the obesity epidemic.
Diets can require the purchase of special foods, eating at specific times, or not eating certain foods. Sometimes those choices are not easy to fit into your busy lifestyles and planning meals can be a chore, especially if you’re dieting. Fasting solves all of those problems – just don’t eat. It can be added to any lifestyle and taking multivitamins is encouraged. The 24-hour fast seems the easiest for someone new to this concept. Have dinner one night and then skip breakfast and lunch the next day. This reduces the impression of not eating every day.
“The Complete Guide to Fasting” includes detailed descriptions of the eating and fasting processes and includes the science and research of the value of fasting. There are charts, extensive reference lists, fasting success stories, various fasting protocols and even recipes (bone broth, berry parfait, and bulletproof coffee, to name a few). It can be found in the Adult Nonfiction area of the library under call number 613.25 F963C.
-Bianca, Roswell Public Library, New Mexico