Homo sapiens. Hairless (more-or-less) apes. Big-brained bipeds. Call us what you will, but we humans are motivated by few things more than the four omnipotent “f-words”: fighting, fleeing, fornicating, and feeding.
Today, we're going to focus on feeding, or in this case, the lack thereof. The diet industry grossed nearly $70 billion in 2017, bombarding consumers with a bevy of promises that for the vast majority, go unfulfilled. Yet, nearly everyone who utters that well-worn phrase “I’m on a diet” has a practical religious devotion to their weight-loss commandments, to their plan. The end result? A dizzying number of Pinterest boards, podcast downloads, book purchases, and supplement subscriptions.
But recent research suggests that we may have been overcomplicating the issue all along. Alas, a fifth “f-word” has been thrown into the equation: fasting. It may sound like a diabolical and depraved delusion, but the evidence here is compelling. Let’s explore what fasting may have to offer, for our waistlines and beyond.