The great Jimmy Moore has done it again! Jimmy has just released another fantastic book, The Complete Guide to Fasting, heal your body through intermittent, alternate-day, and extended fasting.
What I find especially intriguing about his latest book, is that it touches a subject that is near and dear to me. Those who know me well, can attest that I am a firm believer in the benefits of fasting. As a Christian it has been a discipline that I have included in my life for many years now.
In fact, it was during a time of fasting that the Lord guided me to change my diet and go low carb. The idea of removing empty carbs and sugar was very foreign to me, yet it was during this initial fast, that the breakthrough I needed began to unfold.
Knowing what I know now, and the science behind being in a fasted state, it helps shed some light to my personal experience. I believe that because I was fasting and therefore in a heightened state of awareness, I was better able to grasp the key the Lord was trying to present to me. Perhaps, had I not been fasting, I would not have heard the Lord’s instructions so clearly regarding the need to change my diet.
This is a book you want to include in your library. It’s collaboration between Jason Fung, MD and Jimmy Moore. Together they go into great detail highlighting the benefits of fasting, and the science behind why it works so effectively for greater overall health.
I love how Jimmy candidly shares how he was not swooned by fasting easily in the beginning. In fact, his skepticism had him asking “why would you purposely starve yourself, why would you make yourself hungry all the time by not having any food at all?” It made no sense to him, that is until he began to really experiment with fasting himself.
Dr. Jason Fung goes into the technical aspects behind the fasting protocol, without leaving you overwhelmed. He does an effective job of explaining what the root problem of obesity is and how it’ turns out to be a hormonal, rather than a calorie, imbalance.
Insulin is a fat-storing hormone. Which means when we eat, insulin increases, signaling our body to store some of this food energy as fat for later use. Understanding the insulin response in our bodies can logically lead us to conclude, that fasting can therefore reduce our insulin effectively.
“The insulin hormone response is not only natural, it’s an essential process that has helped humans survive famine for thousands of years.” Jason Fung, MD. In today’s westernized world, where the common diet pushes higher levels of insulin, we see how it has resulted in the large increase of obesity in our populations.
Book Excerpt: Starvation? That’s the answer? You’re going to starve people? No. That is not it at all. I’m not going to starve people; I’m asking them to fast. Fasting is completely different from starvation in one crucial way: control. Starvation is the involuntary abstention from eating. It is neither deliberate nor controlled. Starving people have no idea when and where their next meal will come from. This happens in times of war and famine, when food is scarce. Fasting, on the other hand, is the voluntary abstention from eating for spiritual, health, or other reasons. Food is readily available, but you choose not to eat it. No matter what your reason for abstaining, the fact that fasting is voluntary is a critical distinction. Jason Fung MD, The Complete Guide to Fasting.
However, can anyone benefit from fasting? In this well written book, we see that making fasting a regular part of our lives can enhance our health tremendously. Is it any wonder that the good book has been detailing the importance of this discipline for thousands of years? I think not.
If you’re looking for a perfect way to incorporate fasting into your lifestyle, I highly encourage you to pick up this book and see why the key you may be missing in your arsenal for health, is fasting.
You can follow Jimmy Moore and his work here. For more information on Dr. Jason Fung’s extensive work, you’ll want to sign-up for his blog and read more about his research, including picking up his best seller The Obesity Code.
Update: Jimmy Moore & Jason Fung, MD Featuring Megan J Ramos have come out with an amazing podcast entitled, Fasting Talk. Go give it a listen to learn more about the benefits of fasting.
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