Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Review on Dieting & the Issue of Fasting

The internationally acclaimed author, Geoffery Cannon, released his contraversial book "Dieting makes you FAT" in 2008. His book urges people not to go on diets as he explains they "are part of the obesity problem." Cannon takes readers by the hand and discusses the principles of dieting, why people usually gain more than they lose, and how to really enjoy food without getting fat.

Overall his book is great - for those who haven't considered the basics of reducing their body fat (such as exercise and healthy eating) then this is a great first time "weight loss book." However, I do have a problem with Cannon's contradictory chapter on Fasting. It seems ironic that Cannon verbally bashes strict diet regimes but advocates fasting as a helpful and healthy weight management technique. Cannon suggets that everyone tries fasting now and then; but explains that it is a slow process and requires training and planning before restricting food intake for week(s) on end. Certainly, fasting requires thoughtful planning and research before it is carried out. Anyway, I find it odd that Cannon supports fasting when in my mind fasting is even more restrictive and short lived compared to a diet.

What are your thoughts on fasting? Have you tried it before successfully? I think properly done fasting is extremely effective. It reminds you of what you put into your body and how much you truly need. If you have a problem with portion control, fasting is a great tool to consider. Other "fasting style" techniques include: mono-food days, raw food day, water fasts, or juice fasts. Mono-food days are particularly effective for beginners to fasting. You simply choose a fruit or vegetable to consume all day. Each meal will be consist of this one food - hence "mono." The point? It's to remind your body of how much you truly need to eat to be sustained, and your body feels very in tune with what you are eating. Many of my friends do "mono-fruit Monday" just to remind themselves at the beginning of their week of their weight loss/management goals. I do not recommend carrying mono food days out for long; or embarking on them without proper research or support. If you want to hear more about fasting or mono fruit days I would recommend listening to one of Natasha's many helpful and extensive videos. They are extremely informative and interesting, see below:


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  2. I think fasting depends 100% on the mindframe of the person. If they struggle with food whether its over eating or bulimia I can't see how fasting wouldn't worsen the problem because it is about discipline.

    With the right frame of mind fasting can be beneficial, it's a way of easing the stress on your digestive system, gives you mental clarity, allows you to focus on what you put into your body etc.

    I guess what I'm saying is it all depends on the mind frame of the individual.

    ~ Harlow

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