My upcoming talk on intermittent fasting

Posted 24 Apr 2011 in Diet, Health

Those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay Area may be interested in attending a talk I’ve been invited to give on May 18 in Palo Alto.  The topic is “Intermittent fasting for health and longevity”, and I plan to summarize both the recent science and the best practices for successful fasting.


UPDATE: A video of this talk is now posted HERE.

The venue for the talk is Palo Alto’s cutting-edge combination fitness studio and heath food cafe, The 3rd Door. Beyond providing a friendly environment to get fit and meet friends after workouts for a light meal or coffee, The 3rd Door is involved in community outreach through their well respected WANDA program to empower the financial independence of single mothers.

The fitness philosophy of the 3rd door and their director, Johnny Nguyen, resonates with my own views:

We know that exercise is good for us –it makes us stronger, boosts our mood, enhances our confidence, makes us look better, and improves our lives. We believe exercise should be strenuous and challenging but not impossible. Our luxurious training facility with première fitness experts and diverse range of fitness classes and restorative therapies offer something for everyone at every fitness level.

I’m excited about the growing interest in intermittent fasting as path to improved health and fitness, and for the opportunity to talk about it and perhaps meet some of you at the 3rd door.

Here are the event details:


“Intermittent Fasting for Health and Longevity”

by Todd Becker

7-8 p.m.

The 3rd Door
131 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301






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  1. I will be there! Sounds fascinating. I’ve been doing IF for almost a year and have seen terrific results. Do I need to RSVP or just show up?

    • Todd


      By all means, please just show up at the lecture — no need to RSVP. I think it will be nice to have a mix of people there, both those who are experienced with IF and those who are just curious.


  2. Sorry that I live in VA, but I just wanted to say it’s great that you’re talking up Intermittent Fasting. It’s something I’ve been doing for years and absolutely love it. Thank your for sharing your knowledge and leading people to a healthier lifestyle!


  3. Heath Putnam

    For people with weak control over when they eat, attempting IF helps them to build up willpower. When you actually experience hunger pangs and manage not to eat, that’s a major accomplishment. When you can do that a few times, you start getting extinction of cravings in the fasting period.

    Before I tried IF, I didn’t understand why it kills cravings. Now it makes sense – hunger trumps that, and control over hunger totally trumps cravings.

    I did a cyclic low carb diet. It got me ready to do IF. For me, same mechanism – you get used to telling yourself “no”.

    I used techniques from your site to build willpower. Eg cue exposure therapy. That stuff is poweerful.

    • Todd

      Heath, I think you grasped one of the key benefits of IF: the deconditioning of appetite. I’m glad to hear that deconditioning via cue exposure or extinction helped you build willpower and the recognition that, as you put it very nicely, “control over hunger totally trumps cravings”. This is a manifestation of freedom — being able to chose when it is most sensible, convenient or pleasant to eat, rather than being at the mercy of one’s appetite.


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