Famous Fasters From the Past (speaking from a health perspective)

We’re in good company! Here are some snippets pulled from Dr. Jason Fung’s book. Link at the bottom.

Famous fasters and some quotes:
  • Hippocrates – “Sudden death is more common in those who are naturally fat than in the lean.” “…they should, moreover, eat only once a day.” (We’re making no comment about body image here! Just quoting Hippocrates who said he observed this.)
  • Plutarch – “Instead of using medicine, better fast today.”
  • Plato and Aristotle – both staunch supporters of fasting.
  • Ancient Greeks – “believed that fasting improved mental and cognitive abilities, and the recognized that they could solve problems and puzzles better during fasting.”
  • Paracelsus – “The dose makes the poison.” “Fasting is the greatest remedy—the physician within.”
  • Benjamin Franklin – “The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
  • Mark Twain – “A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors.”
Have no fear! Have you heard any of these warning?

Here are some myths debunked by Dr. Jason Fung in the Complete Guide to Fasting.

  • Fasting puts you in starvation mode. (pg 71)
  • Fasting makes you burn muscle. (pg 75)
  • Fasting causes low blood sugar. (pg. 78)
  • Fasting results in overeating. (pg. 80)
  • Fasting deprives the body of nutrients. (pg. 81)
  • “It’s just crazy.” (pg. 82)

Fung, Jason, and Jimmy Moore. The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. Victory Belt Publishing, 2016.


If you are suffering from an eating disorder, that would be a reason to consider fasting a health risk, and every precaution should be taken before embarking on any regimen. We encourage you to see your doctor, and to do your own research! Please refer to our disclaimer below, as always.

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