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The 1992 USDA Food Pyramid that led the US to achieve the highest levels of obesity in the world.
The 1992 USDA Food Pyramid that led the US to achieve the highest levels of obesity in the world. Courtesy photo
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Fasting for better health

There is new research regarding obesity and weight loss that uncovered some interesting findings this past year. Local researchers at UC San Diego noted that mice who were placed on an intermittent fasting regimen compared to placebo mice that were allowed to free feed had lower percentages of fat when eating equal calories.

The researchers who were familiar with intermittent fasting benefits for weight loss were not surprised.

What was interesting was the decrease in the incidence of cancers in the intermittent fasting mice, including colorectal, breast, bladder and many other types of cancers not restricted to the GI system.

This has prompted UCSF to now recommend all patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatments to consider short-term water fast for 1-3 days to help optimize the efficacy of treatments and reduce treatment-related side effects and boost immunity. I have no doubt there will be many other studies that show similar trends in fasting for better health.

It becomes important for us as individuals to question our current dogma of breakfast, lunch, and dinner or eating 5 small meals a day. The food pyramid that was presented to us in 1992 by the USDA with a recommendation of 6-11 servings of bread and pasta per day was likely the cause for our current predicament. As a nation, we achieved the highest levels of obesity on the planet and the USDA revoked this plan and changed it to “MyPlate” which now recommends 1 serving of bread daily.

It’s time to focus on our health and the easiest way to do that is to change what we eat. My focus for my patients is to give them the tools to reduce their weight. One important tool is the FIT3D body composition scale, which is state of the art and the most accurate body fat measuring tool on the market. This can track individual percentages of body composition over time and can highlight the benefits of fasting. Our office plans to add to the current clinical research in this field while helping our patients.

We offer our patients FIT3D body composition scanning as an objective tool for weight loss patients willing to take our challenge. Please call our office if you are interested in evaluating your current diet and exercise routine. Our plan is to help you reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases and improve your health without medications.

Dr. Kern Brar is a board-certified internal medicine physician and partner at Tri-City Primary Care. To learn more call 760-940-7000.