Not So Fast

9A few weeks ago I bought a copy of the bestseller The Fast Diet to see what it was all about. In case you don’t know, it was published as a result of the interest in the BBC Horizon documentary about Intermittent Fasting (IF), written by the programme presenter Dr Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer.  

I believe that fasting is beneficial, but not necessarily advisable for everyone, so I wanted to read the book to discover new information and research, but also I was curious to see if it contained any words of caution. There are words of caution about fasting; a paragraph on page 124 warns those with Type 1 diabetes not to fast, those with an eating disorder, children, and those who are already very slim. Also, anyone with an underlying medical condition should consult a doctor first.  

If you bought a copy of my book, Eating Less, between 1998 and the first half of 2005, you’ve got an edition that contains a chapter on fasting once a week. As well as instructions on how to fast in a non-addictive way, I describe some good reasons not to fast. In later editions, I took out all mention of fasting, partly because people weren’t paying any attention to those reasons. Perhaps it’s time now to put them back in (if I could) but here’s how they appeared in those first editions of Eating Less:

  • It’s not a good idea to fast if you are desperate to lose weight, or if you have a history of anorexia or bulimia.
  • It’s not a good idea to fast if you have a tendency to overeat either before or after a fast.
  • It’s not a good idea to fast if you go on a fast as a way to take control of your overeating.
  • It’s not a good idea to fast if you are not in the best of health, if you’re coming down with an illness or recovering from one, or if you suffer from a condition such as diabetes or hypoglycemia.
  • It’s not a good idea to fast if you don’t normally eat a high-quality diet at other times.

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Comments

  1. Lucia

    Re; Type 2 diabetes and fasting
    Have you come across the research on Type 2 diabetes by Dr Jason Fung?
    It seems to suggest that fasting under medical supervision is very good for Type 2 sufferers and can reverse insulin resistance in the long run.

    Very good post BTW!

    Lucia

  2. Grainne

    Excellent stuff. Feel vindicated in my decision not to fast. Did it before and felt like it was too much of a stress, and now have lots of work stress too so it’s unlikely to make me healthier! I kind of prefer just consistently eating less anyway I think. Routines help soothe…

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