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Book Review: Fast This Way by Dave Asprey

Burn Fat, Heal Inflammation, and Eat Like the High-Performing Human You Were Meant to Be, is the secondary title of this book, which is a mouthful for sure. For anyone who follows me, you know that I am a fan of Dave Asprey and even use a few of his products. This is the sixth book of his that I have read and the fourth I have done a review on.

My take is that if you really want to get into the depths of fasting or are already an experienced faster there are better books out there. However, if you are new to fasting this book is easy and engaging to read, and it gives you a roadmap for planning how you would personally approach incorporating fasting into your overall health routine.

Throughout the book Dave weaves a story of his first three-day water only fast in a cave in the Arizona desert to illustrate points about the benefits of fasting, which was a nice touch.

How men and women approach fasting needs to be different and he addresses the differences for men and women as well as really detailed strategies for being successful with fasting.

I appreciated the fact that fasting doesn’t just mean from food, it could be from anything that is holding you back in your life, and the same strategies would apply. If could be a Social Media fast (which I have done), a caffeine fast (I have also done that) or any number of potentially unhealthy habits that one may have.

As I have become more spiritual myself over the years, I like the fact that this book delves into the synergy between fasting for spiritual reasons and fasting for health reasons. I have done a few 24 hour fasts and regularly practice Intermittent fasting of 18 hours. This book has only enhanced my desire to try a three-day water only fast.

My favorite takeaway for a new comer to fasting and certainly something I emphasize with my clients is, the goal of fasting is to be metabolically flexible, so it’s important to switch up eating patterns every so often to keep the body guessing and ready to adapt to whatever comes its way.

I have to admit there is a lot of overlap from the authors book the Bulletproof Diet, and if you follow his podcast, you have heard a lot of this before. I do prefer his other books that go far deeper into a topic and share more cutting-edge research.

That being said, if you are new to fasting or interested in fasting, it is worth a read even to just have an understanding of how your eating patterns affect your health and wellness. Need a bit more guidance, let’s have a conversation.