The Intermittent Fasting Revolution

The Intermittent Fasting Revolution

The Science of Optimizing Health and Enhancing Performance

By Mark P. Mattson

How intermittent fasting can enhance resilience, improve mental and physical performance, and protect against aging and disease.





How intermittent fasting can enhance resilience, improve mental and physical performance, and protect against aging and disease.

Most of us eat three meals a day with a smattering of snacks because we think that's the normal, healthy way to eat. This book shows why that's not the case. The human body and brain evolved to function well in environments where food could be obtained only intermittently. When we look at the eating patterns of our distant ancestors, we can see that an intermittent fasting eating pattern is normal—and eating three meals a day is not. In The Intermittent Fasting Revolution, prominent neuroscientist Mark Mattson shows that intermittent fasting is not only normal but also good for us; it can enhance our ability to cope with stress by making cells more resilient. It also improves mental and physical performance and protects against aging and disease. Intermittent fasting is not the latest fad diet; it doesn't dictate food choice or quantity. It doesn't make money for the pharmaceutical, processed food, or health care industries. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that includes frequent periods of time with little or negligible amounts of food. It is often accompanied by weight loss, but, Mattson says, studies show that its remarkable beneficial effects cannot be accounted for by weight loss alone.

Mattson—whose pioneering research uncovered the ways that the brain responds to fasting and exercise—explains how thriving while fasting became an evolutionary adaptation. He describes the specific ways that intermittent fasting slows aging; reduces the risk of diseases, including obesity, Alzheimer's, and diabetes; and improves both brain and body performance. He also offers practical advice on adopting an intermittent fasting eating pattern as well as information for parents and physicians.


$27.95 T ISBN: 9780262046404 248 pp. | 5.25 in x 8 in 20 b&w illus.


  • “An excellent book, full of very valuable information to improve health and longevity from one of the pioneers and leaders of the 'intermittent fasting revolution.'”

    Valter D. Longo

    Director of the University of Southern California Longevity Institute; author of the international bestseller The Longevity Diet

  • “This timely book, which includes both historical antecedents as well as the very latest research, is an authoritative and yet accessible introduction to intermittent fasting. Mattson has done more than any other scientist to illuminate this critically important topic, and we are fortunate to have this succinct synopsis of decades of research.”

    Ken Ford

    Founder and Director, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition