A rather low key affair for episode three of Limitless with Chris Hemsworth as he does something that I’ve tried, to a lesser extent, myself and hated probably as much as he did, fasting.
Chris meets up with longevity expert Peter Attia, whom we met in the previous episode too when he talked about the benefits of saunas on our bodies, as he has his ‘last supper’ of sushi.
This is prior to Chris going an astonishing four days without food. That’s right, four days with nothing but water to ingest, for a man who has been consuming thousands of calories per day whilst he’s been building his ‘Thor body’, eating everything he can.
The theory behind fasting is one that’s been around since we were in caves. The idea that we have three square meals, food on tap, is relatively new to the human species and our bodies don’t yet know how to cope with it, hence the rise of obesity around the globe and our waistlines.
Back in caveman days of course, we would have had no choice but to go for days without food whilst we hunted for said food. Sometimes we’d be successful, other times less so.
These days, with food being available instantly in many societies, there are still some who fast, usually for cultural or spiritual or faith reasons. We are introduced to a family walking to church for Easter, the catch? The church is three days walk away and they eat absolutely nothing along the way.
The elder of the foursome is 75-years old and both he and his family say he’s never been ill, not even had a cold, is still strong and he’s been fasting since he was 10-years old.
We see Chris as he attempts his four-day fast. As you would expect, his energy is low and he’s constantly waiting for a promised ‘burst’ of energy that will occur according to Attia. They had both better hope it had, for Chris is responsible for catching them their first meal if they can last the full four days.
One of the thoughts, coming from science, around fasting is that, by limiting the calories you ingest, you limit the glucose you ingest which limits the amount that your cells need to process. For your healthy cells, this gives them time to ‘clean themselves up’, and for non-healthy cells, so called ‘zombie cells’, it starves them of the energy they would normally have, killing them off.
However, the scientists also think that it can take three to four days of fasting before this switch occurs in your body, once all other glucose and other such nutrients have been used up and your cells begin to clean.
This particular episode isn’t the best of the series, I think most of us know, or could hazard a guess, at what we would be like after a few days of no food.
We are also beginning to see a pattern emerging here too, as it’s always in the last few minutes of each episode that ‘suddenly’ Hemsworth begins to feel the benefits of whatever it is he’s taking on this time round. It’s all a bit coincidental and feels unnecessary, it would have been good to know that, sometimes, you may not always get the boost you thought you were, particularly not first time round.
16th November 2022
THE QUICK SELL
Chris turns to longevity doctor Peter Attia to find out how changing his eating habits can help his quest for longevity. Ironically, the answer is to eat no food at all for four long days. If he can bear the hunger, fasting will unlock his body’s own anti-aging powers and give Chris the edge he needs when he tries to hunt for his next meal … by spearfishing off the Great Barrier Reef.
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