Episode 6: Who Should Fast, and Who Shouldn’t? [No + Maybe + Yes]

Today I walk you through my perspective about who should fast, and who shouldn’t.  I’ve divided it into 3 groups:  Yes, No, & Maybe (but not in that order).  

Topics Addressed:

  • Intro – what this episode covers (00:08)
  • Group 1:  “No” (1:11)
  • Group 2: “Maybe” (1:48)
  • Teenagers (2:03)
  • Elderly people (4:05)
  • Binge eating disorder (4:58)
  • Bulimia (7:04)
  • Pregnant women (8:36)
  • Lean, athletic people (11:28)
  • Recapping the “maybe” group (13:33)
  • Group 3: “Yes” (14:06)
  • Overweight or obese (14:32)
  • Prediabetes or diabetes (15:35)
  • Other medical conditions (16:47)
  • Recapping the “yes” group (18:01)
  • Summary (18:33)

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Ben Tanner, PA-C

Ben Tanner, PA-C

Ben has been practicing as a physician assistant (PA, or PA-C, similar to a doctor) in emergency medicine, urgent care, and family practice since 2014. Since 2016, he has developed an avid interest in various forms of fasting, using it to improve his own health while helping friends, family, and patients do the same.