In preparation for the festive season and the usual indulgences, it might be worth looking at fasting as a way of dealing with potential overeating. Fasting is enjoying a resurgence with many forms available. Some include restricting the eating window, for example 16:8, others reduce the amount that you eat as in the 5:2 diet, and some go to more extreme measures. Fasting is usually practiced by the majority of religious and spiritual disciplines and there are many ways to integrate it into your life. Some of my favourite methods are mentioned in the book ‘Can we live 150 years?’ by Mikhail Tombak, PH.D. The author recommends fasting every Tuesday and Friday, the first three days of each month and a seven day fast every six months, and finally for the dedicated ones, a seven to ten day fast once a year, in total that would allow you more than a 100 days a year without eating so the body can rebalance itself. Your smartphone also offers a host of fasting apps, my personal favourite is Zero which I believe is supported by Dr Peter Attia who gives some very informative talks on Utube about fasting.
Now it must be stressed that for most people fasting can be beneficial but I have seen in my practice a few examples of extreme fasting where the body is not used to a three day water fast for example and if there is any disharmony within the system it is important to address that first rather than jump to fasting without seeking professional advice and for those seeking to alter their body composition, consistency in fasting over a long period of time is what makes it a powerful tool so do not look for quick results and remember that moderation is the key.