Who Owns the rights to Fasting?

Written by: Brad Pilon

I’ll cut right to the chase with this one – I find it amusing watching today’s health and fitness personalities argue over who owns which idea.

Amusing because you really can’t OWN an idea in health and fitness because it’s all been done before.

Fasting? ANCIENT.

Not eating carbs? Your great grandmother already went through that trend.

Not eating at night, only eating at night, high protein, milk only, you name it, it has been done before.

So here is my take – It’s a courtesy to give a ‘shout out’ to the person or place where you first read about the idea, and it’s definitely NOT OK to take someone else’s words or writing and use them as your own, but the idea? people don’t really own them.

There are probably going to be dozens of intermittent fasting books coming out over the next year or two, and I’m all for anything that increases the exposure of the benefits of Intermittent Fasting. I like it when I’m quoted, and I also like the fact that more and more people are realizing it’s a viable and effective way to help others lose weight… and in the end it’s a win for me and for Eat Stop Eat.

Even my most recent work – Compound Training, has most likely been done in some form or version before.

It is important to realize that our obsession with health and fitness and muscles and fat loss is easily over a hundred years old, and more than likely dates all the way back to the invention of the mirror.

In fact, if you want a great read on some of the early history of Health and Fitness you should check out the Book ‘Mr. America’ about the life of Bernarr MacFadden. Believer it or not, in this book you’ll find that fasting, weight training, vegetarianism, whole milk diets etc. were all popular trends more than a century ago.

Everything old is new, and everything new is old.


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