June 10th, 2017

Have you tried those fasting diets?

Here’s an article that purports to go into the science of the currently popular fasting diets, rather than the hype.

My problem with these diets is very simple: if I go for too long without eating I get a migraine, almost like clockwork. Therefore most types of fasting diets are closed to me. The only variety I think I could ever try without getting a headache is the 12-hour window, which has the dieter fasting for 12 hours in a row. The bulk of the fasting hours can be at night, while asleep.

Maybe I’ll give it a go.

I found this part of the article rather amusing:

…[The research] team found that flies…experienced benefits from restricting their feeding windows to a confined period each day. For the insects, a 12-hour feeding window proved to be best, with flies eating for only half a day experiencing better-quality sleep, less weight gain, and a deceleration of cardiac aging compared to their counterparts who were fed the same number of calories, but in food administered throughout the day.

Better quality sleep. Flies sleep??

Deceleration of cardiac aging. Flies have hearts??

But strangest of all—less weight gain. Have you ever seen a fat fly?? Can a fat fly fly?

8 Responses to “Have you tried those fasting diets?”

  1. zipper Says:


  2. groundhog Says:

    Have you ever seen a fat fly??

    I have seen fat fly while cooking bacon.

    Big slow flying flies, I ‘ve seen. Not sure if they are fat.

  3. Frog Says:

    Just renew their Federal grant applications. That gives them their salaries, enlarges their c.v. s, and makes tenure more likely.
    From the ‘heart’ link: flies with hearts are heartless, viz: “Insects don’t even really have a circulatory system. They have no blood vessels. Blood just squishes around the hollow places in their body. When necessary, it is forced to move from one area to another by a large central tube, which is the equivalent of a heart.”

  4. Yancey Ward Says:

    Preparing you for Ramadan.

  5. Chester Draws Says:

    I have always found a “fast” diet very effective. I can lose over a pound a week no problem with it. Wnen doing it I might eat only a small sandwich for lunch and reduce dinner to half my normal, effectively reducing my intake to a third of normal.

    But going without food has never been much of an issue for me. I sometimes forget to each lunch (and I never eat breakfast),

  6. Philip Says:

    Flies sleep?! Incredible. Do they dream??

  7. chuck Says:

    My latest diet consists of coffee and heavy whipping cream. I make about 25 oz of coffee in the morning, which I used to drink black, and mix in about 1/4 cup of the heavy cream. It absolutely kills my appetite until two or three in the afternoon, when I have a snack and start thinking about dinner. My HDL has gone up about 30% in the process, although I don’t know if the diet is the cause.

  8. Ymar Sakar Says:

    Fasting in order to purify the spirit and increase one’s spiritual powers, apparently works.

    Christians have been known to fast for 3 days to 21 days or even longer, although with water.

    Some of the most powerful conversion stories came from revelations received only because a person purified themselves via fasting. Not reading the bible or talking to preachers, just fasting. No food for 1 day. Then 3 days. Working at it like a martial artist or athlete. All the way to 7 days. With water or juicing only.

    Others are no water fasts of 1-2 days. Not sure which one hurts more.

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