Journalist: Two Days of Fasting a Week Improves Health

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Journalist: Two Days of Fasting a Week Improves Health

We wonder what two days Michael Mosley chose when he decided to try two days of intermittent fasting per week. Since the universal Orthodox tradition advises Wednesdays and Fridays of the year as days of fast, we here at NFTU likewise endorse those days.

From the BBC:

The IGF-1 hormone (insulin-like growth factor) is one of the drivers which keep our bodies in go-go mode, with cells driven to reproduce. This is fine when you are growing, but not so good later in life.

There is now evidence suggesting that IGF-1 levels can be lowered by what you eat. Studies on calorie restrictors suggest that eating less helps, but it is not enough

As well as cutting calories you have to cut your protein intake. Not entirely – that would be a very bad idea. It’s about sticking to recommended guidelines, something most of us fail to do.

The reason seems to be that when our bodies no longer have access to food they switch from “growth mode” to “repair mode”.

I decided I couldn’t manage ADF, it was just too impractical. Instead I did an easier version, the so-called 5:2 diet. As the name implies you eat normally 5 days a week, then two days a week you eat 500 calories if you are a woman, or 600 calories, if you are a man. (Full Article Here)