Book review: The Complete Guide to Fasting

Book cover for The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr. Jason FungOne of my primary reading genres is health and fitness. I have an interest in understanding how diet and exercise affect our physiology. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years that have led to adjustments in my personal eating habits and exercise routines. It’s helped me to control my appetite, maintain a healthy weight, and generally feel better all around.

One area that I’ve been particularly intrigued by is fasting. I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting for the past couple of years and have occasionally mixed in a full 24-hour fast. I even did a 48-hour fast a little over a year ago, which was a great learning experience.

I want to continue fasting and to incorporate longer periods of fasting into my routine. To help me understand more about it, how to prepare, and what to do during a fast, I decided to read The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day and Extended Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung.

Dr. Fung is a nephrologist, or a kidney specialist (yes, I had to look that up). He’s also become one of the leading experts on treating type 2 diabetes through intermittent fasting and low carb diets. In addition to treating patients with his diet and fasting guidelines, he’s also co-founded a program called The Fasting Method to help people learn more about the process and how to properly adopt the practice.

There are lots of books available on healthy eating. A quick tour of Netflix and Amazon Video will also reveal a plethora of documentaries. It gets overwhelming quickly and makes it hard to separate fact from fiction. It’s why I tend towards books that are written by practitioners who take their own advice and have clinical evidence from patients who have followed their dietary guidelines. The Complete Guide to Fasting meets those guidelines. It’s right up there with Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, both of which I enjoyed and learned a lot from. If you haven’t already read these books, I would highly recommend them.

The Complete Guide to Fasting is a Must Read. It explains how fasting affects the human body and how it works to address chronic conditions and obesity. It also has lots of practical advice, tips, and guidance on how to fast. The book was motivating for me. It encouraged me to continue my intermittent fasting and has inspired me to engage in periodically longer fasts. I’m hoping to do another 48-hour or longer fast in the near future.

On a side note, I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had read a book related to health and fitness. I also noticed that my reading list is lacking in this genre. I need to do some research and add at least one or two titles for next year’s reading list. If anyone has any good suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments – thanks!


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    #Misinformation_on_nutrition and health seems more prevalent than evidence-based information. And it’s becoming more challenging to figure out just who the experts are.
    Misinterpreted science, cherry-picked studies, conspiracies, and alluring anecdotes are the tools that many use to sell their stories. Below you will find some of the more popular people or websites that do not provide evidence-based advice, along with links to articles that explain their lack of credibility or point out the misinformation.
    You will often see some of the following in their narratives:
    We’ve been lied to . . .
    Decades of nutrition research are wrong . . .””
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    Alejandro Junger
    Aseem Malhotrah
    Aviva Romm
    Ben Greenfield
    David Avocado Wolfe
    Dave Asprey – Bulletproof Executive
    David Perlmutter (Grain Brain)
    Dwight Lundel (The Cure for Heart Disease, The Great Cholesterol Lie)
    Eric Berg
    Erin Elizabeth (Health Nut News Facebook Page)
    Gary Taubes (Good Calories Bad Calories; Why We Get Fat)
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    Habib Sadeghi
    Joseph Mercola
    Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Cancer)
    Mark Hyman
    Marika Sboros
    Mehmet Oz
    Mike Adams (Natural News Website)
    Nina Teicholz (Big Fat Surprise)
    Pete Evans (The Paleo Way; Bubba Yum Yum)
    Peter D’Adamo (Blood Type Diet)
    Rocco DiSpirito (Cook Your Butt Off)
    Steven Gundry
    William Davis (Wheat Belly)
    Tim Noakes (The Real Meal Revolution)
    Vani Hari (AKA The Food Babe)


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