Many techies in Silicon Valley have been adopting the intermittent fasting trend for weight loss. Is it too extreme or should you try it too?
The Silicon Valley Diet?
Several CEOs of Silicon Valley tech companies have been adopting the intermittent fasting trend for weight loss. This comes following the recent stories of quick and easy weight loss diets such as the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet.
Phil Libins said that the last time he had any food was over 24 hours ago. He said that his next meal will be in three days during his sushi reservation on Thursday. Until then, it’ll just be water, black coffee and tea.
The Evernote former CEO and All Turtles’ current CEO also said that they both sometimes had no food for periods of 2-8 days. They’ve described the diet as “transformative.”
“There’s a mild euphoria. I’m in a much better mood, my focus is better, and there’s a constant supply of energy. I just feel a lot healthier. It’s helping me be a better CEO,” he said while at his Soma All Turtles office. “Getting into fasting is definitely one of the top two or three most important things I’ve done in my life.”
Is This Safe?
Intermittent fasting has been gaining quite a bit of popularity, especially following the story of a man who lost a lot of weight super quickly on the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet. This also follows a number of recent studies that showed that taking breaks on your diet can actually be a key to losing more weight, rather than just following a strict diet for lengthy periods. But that just means that going on your regular diet for 2 weeks, and then eating what you want for another 2 weeks is better for losing weight- as one study has shown. This is taking it much further, and so follow it at your own risk.
Those Silicon Valley techies are taking it to a whole other level. They say “It’s not dieting, it’s biohacking.” Geoffrey Woo, the CEO of nootropics and biohacking company HVMN, said:
“Ketones are a super-fuel for the brain,” said Woo. “So a lot of the subjective benefits to fasting, including mental clarity, are down to the rise in ketones in the system.”
“You would think that after seven days of not eating you would be totally distracted and hunting for food, but at around the two or three day mark hunger tapers off as ketone levels are elevating. You are feeding your brain and body with an alternative fuel source.” Woo said. “I’m focused on longevity and cognitive performance.”