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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Of Mice and Men and Fasting

Dr. Mercola promotes fasting as a way to stay lean. No kidding? Don't eat and you lose weight? I know what you're saying: Golly, never thought of that. Ah, but there is more and here are the important details:

New research suggests that 'when' you eat could be just as important as what you eat … and possibly even more so.

Mice (and men apparently) that fasted for 16 hours a day (and slept fo
r the other 8?) stayed lean and healthy even when fed a high-calorie, (intravenous?) diet; their mouse (husband) counterparts that had access to food day and night became obese, hid the remote, and showed blood sugar and liver problems despite eating the same number of calories and griping about it.

Other research suggests fasting triggers a variety of health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes similar to those that occur when you exercise, offering protection against chronic disease. Also your breasts may enlarge and you may find yourself attracted to wearing skirts.

Fasting does not mean starving yourself (or as we say in the medical profession, maintaining a food free lifestyle); options for intermittent fasting include skipping breakfast, arguing with your spouse until you lose the desire for food, cutting off your food intake in the early evening or late afternoon, or even simply delaying meals, such as breakfast, until after you exercise and pass out.

Other options include leg and arm amputation, along with jogging while being lashed to the bumper of a car. Given the alternatives, I think I'll give this rearrangement of eating hours a shot. Speaking of shots, if you get really, really hungry, try alcohol consumption until you no longer care.

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