Over the years I have read many diet books and for about eighteen months have been practicing what has been known as intermittent fasting. Both I and my partner have lost about twenty-five pounds during that time, which means about one point four pounds per month. Our weight-loss rate seems to be slowing at the moment, and my aim point is only a pound and a half lower than my present weight. I am planning on giving a few lectures here in Bend about my diet methods because I know they work and are very easy to do.
I recommend Jason Fung‘s books and I am currently rereading The Complete Guide to Fasting. But a strange thing happened to me on the very first page of Chapter 1 – What is fasting? … I realized his presentation was all wrong. The end results of his books are essentially right, but he writes about fasting versus starvation and it sets up a dichotomy that confuses the wonderful things that are to be found in the rest of this book.
What we are really interested in with this method isn’t intermittent fasting, it is intermittent eating. In the next paragraph after the starvation debacle he discusses the word breakfast and its derivation from the phrase break-fast. “It is not something strange but a part of everyday life.” But then he launches into a negative argument about negative things and further confuses his presentation. Then we come to the capitalistic answer to the problem of why so many people are becoming obese. “So what’s the problem? Nobody makes money when you fast.” Everyone wants to make money and so the whole spin coming to us from the food industry is to sell more of it to us any way they can. For them, it’s the bottom line on their bank account and investors’ return on their cash. There are inherent conflicts and the only way to resolve them is to restructure the question and the presentation.
My diet has a totally different approach using the same key research data points that Fung uses, but it is stating the goals and methods for reaching those goals in a positive way. I propose – feasting – not – fasting. Feasting is like partying and approaching a vigorous life, but fasting is like starvation and a feeble death. My new working title:
Intermittent Feasting – Yes! I can do that.