The key to that freedom is fasting-and learning how to do all styles of fasting without feeling pain, from meal-skipping intermittent fasting to multiday fasts. What you’ll learn here contradicts almost everything people think about what fasting is and what it does. Fasting won’t make you weak, and it won’t cause you to starve. It also doesn’t require any one particular diet or one particular schedule of fasting, although you will experience a lot fewer cravings with some diets. Fasting is a toolkit that helps you unlock biological resources hidden in your body, resources you probably never knew you had.
Fasting can make you stronger and healthier, both physically and psychologically, by breaking you out of your food prison. It will free you from the burden of other people’s opinions about how you should feel and even of how your body is telling you to feel. Ultimately, it will help you live your best life—to be your best self, putting the most out into the world.
I know these are extravagant-sounding claims, but they are supported by scientific research, ancient wisdom practiced for millennia on every continent, and many years of my own experimentation. I will share my findings with you. But the most important message that you’re going to get from this program is: You can break away from the visceral feeling that if you skip a meal, or even several meals, you will be in danger—that you will be weak and miserable, unable to go on. You can overcome the feelings of fear, discomfort, starvation, terror, and loneliness, and replace them with liberation, power, and self-control. Work with me, and together we will make a better you.
How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking about lunch instead of the meeting you’re in? Fasting can help you with that, too. There is an ancient part of you that is always worried about what will happen if your food goes away, and, by extension, you fear all of the other things that might go missing. It is a subtle, pervasive, biological survival instinct, but you don’t have to let it control you. You’re not ever going to choose to fast if you don’t know why it matters. And you’re definitely not going to choose to do it and stick with it if you associate fasting with suffering, misery, and deprivation.
Fasting is a fundamental part of being human. After you finish this program and try some of theses techniques until you find one that works for you, I am 100 percent convinced that you will like your life better than you did before—no matter.