The age old tradition of fasting is making a come back. In part, due to recent fasting research by various scientists around the world.
Fasting in India
I recently read this article in the Economic Times of India (where the practice of fasting has been entrenched for centuries). They provide an excellent overview of recent fasting research and review three popular fasting techniques:
- The time-restricted diet - restricting eating to a window of eight hours every day.
- The 5:2 diet - where calories are restricted for two days a week while eating freely — but not binge eating —on other days.
- The fasting mimicking diet, where the body is tricked into believing that it is in the middle of a fast.
Interestingly, the Indians reference a recent trial by scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital. This research suggests that there is no difference between calorie restriction and the different kinds of fasting. Their conclusion was that the above methods are just different methods of achieving the same result.
However, several scientists believe that fasting goes beyond calorie restriction.
Fasting in the United Kingdom
In another part of the world, Dr Michael Mosley, has developed a fascination with fasting. He has been working with Professor Valter Longo at the University of Southern California's Longevity Institute to further his knowledge. As a result, Mosley has commercialised a modified 5:2 diet called the Fast 800 diet. This diet restricts calorie intake to 800 calories per day, closely resembling the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) outlined by Professor Volter in his best selling book The Longevity Diet.
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