After a year of intermittent fasting, I have lost twenty-three pounds and am now considering giving a lecture at the Bend Public Library and perhaps a series at the Unitarian Universalist church here in Bend. Most diet plans need a weekly meeting to maintain the emotional support to keep people motivated for the long period of time it takes to recover from years of gaining weight. My diet was so easy and the processes were so simple and my progress was so successful that I am confident that others can be relieved of their excess weight.
I feel that it would be unethical of me not to offer others the opportunity to try the techniques that have worked for me. If they can replicate my experiences, then it should be offered to the half of our present world population that is having similar problems. In an effort to get a better understanding of the underlying science behind my success I added the book The Obesity Code by Jason Fung to my large stack of diet books that I have read. I am glad that I did because it had exactly the information that I was searching for, as it offers proofs that my style of intermittent fasting makes sense. There are many ways of doing intermittent fasting offered on the internet and many ways of fasting practiced throughout history but strangely I haven’t found any of them that are doing what to me seems like the obvious method. For one thing, if it is going to be practiced for the rest of the person’s life it must be easy to do, really easy! And that is where I depart from Dr. Fung’s method. It is easy but not really easy, and it is memorable in the abstract but not vividly memorable in the daily routine. Most diets are so demanding that very few people succeed for even a year and that’s not a lifetime.
The Obesity Code is a must-read book for everyone who is interested in their diet because it presents the essential information for being successful at the task of losing weight. It is helpful for keeping the reader motivated because they will understand why they are doing what they are doing. But, as I just wrote, the text and method presented isn’t vivid enough to be remembered for a lifetime.
In my class, the goal is to make the lessons so vivid and the routines so easy that everyone will remember them forever and practice them automatically until their last supper.