Foothills Physical Therapy March 2019

FROM THE DESK OF Tom Thoman THE SLIMSCIENCE BEHIND FASTINGDIETS I nvestigating the H ealth T rend T hat ’ s A ll the R age Foothills PT News • 207-625-4300


After 12 years of tireless dedication, we are announcing the retirement of our front office manager, Victoria Sasserson. The inner workings of a busy office are often not apparent. Victoria’s ability to handle many issues at the same time, while still maintaining a high level of courtesy and efficiency, is a rare and much appreciated trait. This was especially evident when I would waltz into the office requesting several items be addressed all at once. The usual responses I would get were “we are already working on that” or “yes, that was done two weeks ago.” At which point, I would sheepishly remove myself from the office. Victoria’s level of personal accountability in her position accompanied her great energy and willingness to assist our clients and her co- workers whenever needed. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to you, Victoria, for the hard work and superb performance you have given over the past 12 years. You have been instrumental in helping us achieve success and a reputation for excellent care and service. After Victoria’s retirement, you’ll continue to see Carla as a familiar face. Please also extend a warm welcome to our newest member of the office team, Jennifer!

If each new year brings with it a new diet plan that promises the world to those who follow it, 2019 is shaping up to be the year of fasting. If you’ve missed the hype, fasting is quite a bit simpler than other nutrition trends like the keto diet or Weight Watchers program. Instead of counting calories or limiting sugars, you just don’t eat. Supporters argue that by putting your body into a “fasting state,” you can shed pounds and damaged internal tissue, increase your energy, promote cellular repair, lower bad cholesterol, and even protect against neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Chances are you have a friend or loved one who’s tried out some form of fasting and discovered dramatic benefits. But before everyone starts skipping meals, it’s important to examine the research. Writer Julia Belluz at Vox splits the fasting trend into four categories. The first, “intermittent fasting,” cuts out or drastically limits your calorie intake intermittently. For example, thousands of people follow the popular “5:2 diet,” during which you eat normally on weekdays but consume less than 500 calories on Saturday and Sunday. Second is the “time-restricted feeding,”where you only eat during a four- to six-hour window each day — followers usually skip breakfast or dinner. The third category is “periodic fasts.”With this diet, extreme fasters abstain from food for several days, opting for calorie-free fluids instead. Finally, there is the “fasting mimicking diet,”which involves intaking highly limited, plant- based calories for several days each month. People who use this technique like it because they believe they get the benefits of fasting without missing out on key nutrients. The underlying philosophy behind fasting for weight loss is pretty self-evident — if you don’t eat for periods at a time, you’re bound to burn off some weight. But proponents say the diet’s success can be attributed to more complex factors as well. They argue that as the

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