Fast Like Wolverine

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Introducing “Zero,” a new app to help you fast

Few people seem to be getting into intermittent fasting (IF) in the gym, and its def becoming a more and more popular.

After all Hugh Jackman used a daily 16-hour fast to lean up for his role in Wolverine.

When you dig through the data, it starts to get pretty exciting. It decreases breast cancer risk and recurrence by as much as 36%, improves sleep, has positive effects on markers of systemic inflammation, and regulates blood glucose levels and other aging biomarkers. Furthermore, Dr. Longo’s clinical trials have demonstrated efficacy for type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and cancer patients.

All the benefits mentioned above (and more) are covered in a wonderful video series by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, where she interviews scientists Dr. Valter LongoDr. Satchin Panda, and Dr. Ruth Patterson. I highly recommend that you watch all three of these videos if you’re new to fasting.

Meet Zero

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Zero (named for the amount of food you eat while fasting) as a simple way to track your daily fasting.

Zero comes with two predefined fasts but is also completely customizable, allowing you to define your daily fasting hours and days per week.

Zero tracks hours fasting as well as your nighttime eating by fetching your phones location and calculating local sunset time. For example, if the sun set at 6pm, and you began fasting at 8pm, Zero would automatically log two hours of nighttime eating. All of this data is stored on your device and is available for you to export at any time for further analysis. I export the data monthly to look at larger trends and to ensure I’m keeping my nighttime eating to a minimum.

Zero is available for download now (iOS) and is forever free.

Reminder: Before fasting, it’s important to talk to your doctor. As Dr. Longo says, “Whether you’re thinking about trying a fasting system for preventive reasons or as a treatment, the doctor should be involved… There are many factors that must be considered, like your current diet, or whether you have diabetes or a metabolic disorder.”