Monday, October 1, 2007

Intermittent Fasting - Some Resources

In several posts I've mentioned the alleged benefits of intermittent fasting (IF). For example:

Intermittent Fasting Shrinks Fat Cells

Fasting burns belly fat

Intermittent Fasting cures Type 2 diabetes?

For other posts, just look for ones tagged "IF".

If you want to read more on this approach I thought I'd suggest a few resources:

Free Resources

There is a free book available from the Fast5 site, or by download here. This is an accessible introduction focussed on weight loss, with a little bit of the supporting science.

Dr Eades wrote a couple of very interesting posts on this topic, inflammation and IF, Fast way to better health and Protein Power vs IF. These are all excellent starting points for your research into this way of eating.

Art Devany has some useful posts here, here and here. He sees IF as an element of the evolutionary fitness way of life, mimicking the typical energy intake of our palaeolithic forefathers.

Martin has a blog with some information on this idea at Lean Gains which focusses on body re composition - getting rid of fat and gaining muscle.

The Johnson UpDayDownDay Diet™ - a site describing a particular interpretation of alternate day fasting. Again the focus is on weight loss rather than athletic performance.

There is also a Yahoo Group that discusses this topic

Books to buy

The resources above are all free, but if you want to research this a bit further you might like to buy a book.....

Eat Stop Eat - an ebook - an ebook. A fairly good introduction to the topic, which addresses the science in a pretty readable way.Click Here! to find out more. By the way I think the marketing for this one is a bit over the top, but it is a decent book. (Too much internet marketing for ebooks is formulaic, full of hype and hyperbole)

The Warrior Diet - a good book which pretty much started off the modern interest in this way of eating a few years ago. He puts the way of eating firmly in a romantic context with images of lean hungry warriors feasting at night

The QOD diet - an alternate day fasting model, again focussing on weight loss. I would not really agree with some of his high carb, low fat assumptions, but an interesting read nonetheless.


I'd also note that the science on this topic is developing all the time. keep an eye on the scientific papers perhaps searching Google Scholar every now and again for references to fasting.

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