I felt good after sending a broadcast message to the small group of us Intermittent fasters and I thought it’s worth sharing here as a post. Here it is:
“Broadcast on Intermittent Fasting.
I hope the group will now be more active with members sharing experiences.
I would like to give this occasional summary.
The basic intermittent fasting is for 16 hours clean fast with only water during fasting. Please ensure at least 16 hours when you fast. For better benefits people do one day, 48 and 72 hours fasting. Some advocate dry fasting which is fasting even without water. 16 hours is not difficult and we get used to it.
There are articles that breakfast should be eaten. My personal take is that it’s okay to skip breakfast as long as minimum 16 hours are ensured. There could be benefits in including breakfast but remember the words of important scientists like Jason Fung and Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi, they call it ‘starving’. And we can’t completely disregard the lobbies and consumerism influencing articles. Breakfast is the most branded food and lot of money like cereal makers are at stake. I saw one saying dark chocolate eaten during fasting accelerates autophagy (give me a break). If you find it convenient to skip breakfast, skip. And if you can have breakfast and follow clean fasting, it’s even better.
IF is good for reducing inflammation, normalising blood sugar and diabetes, generating new growth hormones, anti ageing. It fights osteoporosis, heart problems, blood pressure, atherosclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s- you name it.
The 2016 Nobel Prize winning study of Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi tells us that we should go for autophagy, which activates when we fast and undergo rigorous activities. Autophagy the Greek word means self eating and in the face of acute depreviation repairs and consume even damaged cells. Autophagy is our medium term goal.
The 2018 Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology went to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their separate but identical studies on immunotherapy for cancer treatment. Though much more complicated, there’s probably a link with autophagy and fasting as they also talk about repairing cancer cells.
So friends, we are on the best, easiest and most proven wellness program. Actually we are not depriving ourselves much, but only delaying the pleasures of eating our favourite things.
By the way, weight loss is a good side effect, but need not be the primary objective.
Let’s set autophagy as the goal and work together on it!
If anyone is interested in joining this group, send me a whatsapp message on +91 9400056031. It’s a broadcast group and your phone number will be confidential.