Am personally leaning towards fasting being one of the most life changing tools available. I know that the body responds to periods of food deprivation by storing more fat as soon as food is available. I've read research, "The Fat Switch", that gives great insight to how extreme deprivation can cause genetic changes that leads to obesity. By activating a kind of dormant hibernation gene that programs us to store, store, store. Including various ideas for how to deactivate the gene. ( Pretty good read ). The sad fact is that most people who lose weight by just reducing calories will regain the weight plus more over a period of 5 years. ( Cant remember where came across that but it is quoted a lot across weight loss material that's not interested in selling a diet ). Then there's the impact on muscle and the knock on to slowing metabolism etc...
So why fast? First it has been used in human culture throughout recorded history to prepare for 'change' as part of many spiritual ceremonies etc. Makes me wonder why? What use can it be if most of what we know says don't do it? Mention the word 'detox' to a scientist and they will just pat you on the head. Then in a voice usually reserved for small children explain it dosn't exist, like the tooth fairy. ( Spoiler Alert - sorry kids ). So whats going on? Why so prevalent throughout history? To those who have fasted and know the sense of well being and restoration it brings there has to be a reason. The most often quoted is you are not putting all that processed food like junk in you body for a few days and its is recovering. However taking the history of fasting into consideration that explanation isn't good enough. It seems that the simple answer lies in the composition of stomach bacteria.
Many years ago investigation into 'spiritual people' who did not decay after death found that in the cases that were investigated the people prepared for death by fasting. This killed off the bacteria in the gut and stopped the body from decaying. So what use is that? Well modern research into diabetes has shown that the condition can be improved by killing off the patients existing stomach bacteria and replacing them with those from a health person. It seems that the bacteria have a massive impact on how food is digested and what food we crave. The bacteria in the guts of most modern people fed on high calorie, chemically preserved food must be completely different from our ancestors with there more natural foods. I think this explains why diets like Paleo have some basis in working by helping our more natural digestion slowly emerge. So the question must be : What if I killed off most my sugar hungry fat storing gut bacteria then started eating healthy? Maybe even added some good gut bacteria to kick start a new eating plan. For me it seems a path worth exploring. I've done anti Candida diets in the past short term and know what impact they have on food cravings. Armed with a new set of gut bacteria and being more informed on food choices sounds like it might just work. Gotta be worth a try?
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these are just my opinions and are not claimed to be absolute facts. The more I learn the more I realise we don't really know much for certain. Especially in an industry where money is involved and people are saying "Believe in me. My system can save you. Just send £x a month or buy my great new book stick thin in 10 ten seconds a day." Frustrates me sooo much I want to wee. I've spent thousands of pounds and done hundreds of systems and am fatter than ever. Anyhoo, lots of love and good luck with your own journeys.