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In the below video, researcher Mark Mattson discusses the benefits of fasting, both known and unknown. He also discusses why this information may be suppressed by ‘Big Pharma’.

In 2000, Mattson found that both caloric restriction and alternate day fasting had positive effects on experimental models of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and stroke. They give an explanation for how it works, but it is far too complicated for this book, although if you are interested in further reading, the references are in the back of the book. Mattson also states that this type of dietary manipulation can improve the brain’s capacity for plasticity and repair, potentially leading to improvements in learning and memory.

Fasting, and Mattson’s work, is discussed in detail in “The Flexible Diet”. There are many options available for implementing fasting into your dieting/health regimen. These include;

  • Intermittent fasting (such as having a 4-8 hour eating window each day)
  • Alternate day fasting
  • 5:2 fasting (or variants)
  • Partial fasting
  • Once weekly/monthly
  • Multi-day fasting

Below is Mattson’s TEDx talk, discussing fasting research. Enjoy

If you want to learn more about these types of fasting and how they can help you with your weight loss, you can get a copy of The Flexible diet by clicking the image below this video.

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Mattson MP. (2000). Neuroprotective signaling and the aging brain: take away my food and let me run. Brain Res. Dec 15;886(1-2):47-53.

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