Tom’s May Update

When I first started fasting, I’m not sure I would have even named it “fasting.” I cut out snacks after dinner and delayed or skipped breakfast, but I wasn’t especially regimented about it, nor did I do any overt tracking. With time and repetition, I saw success: I lost weight. However, I didn’t lose all…

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Tom’s April Update

I really, really love donuts — to an unhealthy degree. Some might even call my relationship to donuts addict-like. Time and again, I’ll go months or even years without eating a donut, but when suddenly donuts happen to be available, I’ll have one. This, of course, should be a meaningless event; eating one donut is…

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Tom’s January 2024 Update

There are a lot of “new year, new you” sentiments flying around right now, and I get it. I’ve spent many a January 1 resolving to transform myself in ways I am convinced will make me happier, more successful, and just better.  Yet most of my major life changes have occurred when I stumbled upon…

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Tom’s November Update

Ozempic: It’s the drug everyone can’t stop talking about. And since Zero is already delivering on the promise drugs like Ozempic are making — helping millions of people lose weight and gain health — I wanted to share my take. If you haven’t yet heard of Ozempic, otherwise known as a “GLP-1 receptor agonist,” here’s the…

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Tom’s October Update

I got sick recently, to the point where I took a day off work purely to sleep. This, of course, put me behind on everything, this email included. What it didn’t do was interrupt my 16:8 fasting habit. I don’t share this to pat myself on the back. It wasn’t a struggle to maintain my…

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Tom’s September Update

On August 27, 2023, I celebrated a somewhat arbitrary but (I think) noteworthy milestone: my 1,000th consecutive day of fasting. Yet even after all those successful fasts, I can still vividly remember when my consecutive-day streak would wind back to 0 and I’d wonder, How the heck do people fast every single day? Now that…

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Tom’s August Update

These days, it feels like there just might be a “National Day” for everything. National Talk Like William Shakespeare Day? April 23. National Rat Catcher’s Day? July 22. And of course, my true nemesis, National Doughnut Day — which, it would seem, is trying to sabotage me because there are two of them! On the first…

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Tom’s July Update

My mother was a classic ’90s-era dieter. She read the magazines. She checked labels. She bought low-fat and fat-free versions of whatever she could. And while she never taught me any of this explicitly, I absorbed implicit lessons about my own weight and how I ought to manage it — namely as a math equation….

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Tom’s June Update

There was a time in my life when I was sure I’d found the solution to obesity. After years of dieting, I’d just started fasting and eating a ketogenic diet when I learned of the carb-insulin model. Developed by Harvard nutrition professor Dr. David Ludwig, this model essentially says that obesity doesn’t come from eating…

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Tom’s May Update

I’ve spent years trying to control my cholesterol. It’s one of those genetic things; my entire family has high cholesterol, and I spent a long time trying to manage it with diet, exercise, and a whole lot of supplements. For years, my nightly routine was to brush my teeth, floss, and then swallow five doctor-suggested,…

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