Watch this one-hour program by a British journalist who talks to experts on longevity who are all, in one way or another, coming to the same conclusions. As Klassy Evans puts it, "The problem the developed countries are having with obesity isn't so much because we're overeating. The problem is we are underfasting." Apparently our bodies need to occasionally experience hunger. The good news is that the hunger need not be prolonged or very uncomfortable to make a difference.
Watch the video and see what you think. See what the scientists are discovering — that when we go without food every now and then, it stimulates our brains to make more brain cells. And that one of the effects of even a brief fast is that the body stops creating new cells and starts repairing existing cells instead — and that includes repairing the DNA in those cells, which may explain fasting's effect on cancer.
If you've never tried to go without food, it can be scary. But it is easier than you'd think and although sometimes you feel hungry, the feeling doesn't last very long and fasting also creates other positive feelings you don't normally have. This is definitely a practice worth exploring for those of us who want to feel good more often (and for a long time to come).
Watch the video here: BBC Horizon 2012: Eat, Fast and Live Longer.
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Adam Khan is the author of Self-Help Stuff That Works and Cultivating Fire: How to Keep Your Motivation White Hot.