It is rather easy to summarize the world’s most effective diet that is not only works but is incredibly inexpensive to implement: fasting. Just don’t eat as much or as often and take breaks of as many hours as one can stand regularly. A 12 hour window of not eating is enough to generate some benefits but there are people all over the world who regularly go days on end without eating and they are quite healthy. Why?

To understand fasting is orders of magnitude easier than understanding eating which is an enormous puzzle made complex by the adaptive nature of humans and our cultural and economic practices that vary around the world. Fasting has a biological mechanism that is easier to understand than eating and fasting has a spiritual element in a way that sacred eating does not. It’s really just easier to not eat and understand why it’s…

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