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Posted 25 December 2012 - 22:34

This week geneticist Frances Ashcroft says that everyone should give up eating for a day a week.

“My bright idea is for those in the developed world to fast one day a week. Three hundred and thirty six million people worldwide now have type 2 diabetes.

This is not good because it increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation.It causes one death every seven seconds. In the UK alone we spend a staggering million pounds an hour in treating the disease – almost 10% of the healthcare budget.

The recent explosion in type 2 diabetes is driven by the obesity epidemic and the best way to solve the problem is for everyone to maintain a sensible weight.

We all know what we have to do – eat less and exercise more. But most of us don’t find it easy to calculate calories or eat the right sized portion of food.

Fasting is cheap, simple and has a long tradition in many cultures.

Obviously it is important to check with your doctor before doing so and to take plenty of fluids, but fasting for one day each week may make us healthier, happier and longer lived.”


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 22:47

Ridiculous. The reason there's an "Obesity Epidemic" is because of all the completely uneccessary additives that are put into most of the food we buy -- and fast food has more additives than most.

If anything, one should strive to limit fast food intake to once or twice a month, maximum.

Sure there are people who overeat -- but there are far less overeaters than one would think.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 22:55

I tend to go against the normal health ideas of "three meals a day, no snacking in between." Instead I tend to eat when I am hungry, and my body seems to have found a way - for the most part - to work on small amounts of food in those meals to balance out the snacking in between.

I am by no means saying that what I do is safe, nor am I saying that it is healthy. But in my mind, I eat when I want, and I eat what I want. Internal health aside (something that I cannot judge without a doctor's diagnosis) I am not large, I am not anorexic. I can lift weights, I have stamina, and I have endurance. I may die in the next 5 years, I may die tomorrow. For all I know I will live to be over 100. Do I care? Not at all.

Life is for living how you want. If your lifestyle means you die before your peers then fine, if you outlive them then fine. I don't consider it a challenge, I consider it just to be the normal way of things.

With the above said, I can't disagree with what this guy says, but I can't say that he is spot on the money. And no one should care either way.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 23:06

I eat when I want and drink when I want, if I put on weight or lose weight as a side effect then so be it

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 23:22

We all know what we have to do – eat less and exercise more.

A message that has been lost because of all of the charlatans out their selling their snake oil, claiming it can help you lose weight without dieting or exercising.

I think his idea has merit. Going without food for one day wouldn't kill you. You could easily live on water alone for the day, or intake vitamins/minerals in liquid form. Interesting. Friday or Saturaday might be the better day considering on weekends people probably can't be bothered cooking and buy lots of fast food.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:42

I'm a grazer with 6 meals a day; 6:30 AM, (upper body workout),10:00 AM, 12:30 PM, (lower body workout), 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM.

No processed grains (whole or multi-grains only), low overall carbs, lean meats, chicken & fish, lots of veggies (at least 1/2 my plate) etc.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:45

In other words, fasting is good for you? I thought everyone knew that.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:32

Calorie restriction is good for you as long as the diet is balanced and not so few calories that you end up looking like Christian Bale in Machinist. Not convinced about fasting.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:12

The problem is we have been conditioned to eat the high number of calories we are currently consuming. Some friends and I started calorie counting back in August - its both amazing and disgusting to actually see in detail how much we consumed prior to restricting. I think the idea of the fasting just gives you an extra calorie deficit; but this can be accomplished by doing some form of exercise every day, too. Granted, you'd have to do a hell of a lot of exercise to equal one day's worth of fasting but spread over a week its not bad at all.

I currently am exercising 5-6 times per week at about 45 minutes, giving me about 500-600 calories each session, giving a weekly total of around 2500-3200 calories burned. A lot of people consume that much in a day = one day fasting. The problem is, most people will try and fast a day and the next day eat 1.5 times their normal calorie intake. So, there's no benefit.

I'm with DocM, restrict and balance. Consistently, every day. You will get used to it and its a lot easier.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:23

This person is not a nutritionist. Fasting is never good. Just teaches your body to absorb and store all lipids (fat) next meal.

How about eat right and do exercise. Balance caloric intake with energy expenditure.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:32

Yeah this doesn't work, I skip eating a few days a week and i'm still a fat turd

#12 Aheer.R.S.


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:50

What? Don't eat one day a week? I'll starve...
What about breakfast, brunch, elevenses, lunch, mid tea snacks, afternoon tea, supper, midnight feast????

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:36

I fast 7 times a week, every night from around 2am to around 12pm the next day

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:25

I was fast becoming over weight this year and then i watched an episode of Horizon that was about living longer by eating less. The presenter showed us a diet where for two days a week you only eat 600 calories and the rest of the week you can eat as you please.

I thought i'd give it a go and it's been amazing. I don't really feel hungry on the limited days (there's a lot you can do with 600 calories to play with) and i managed to loose a couple of stone bringing me back in to the safe weight limit i'm now spot on what a healthy man my age should be, funny thing was as soon as i reached a healthy weight, i stopped losing weight!

Apart from the weight loss, i feel awesome! I mean i feel really awesome. No bloating, no digestive issues, everything feels good. I have more energy and drive.
I'd recommend it to any one that wants to feel good. I wasn't ridiculously overweight before, a couple of stone probably, but the health benefits are amazing

Link to an article about the episode of Horizon... http://www.guardian....and-live-longer

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:26

If it's in your family history and you eat like a pig then this sounds like a good idea.