If you practice a healthy lifestyle and stay current with popular trends, you know that fasting is a bit of a buzzword right now. But the practice of not eating--or reducing the amount of food consumed--is something humans have been doing for thousands of years. While historically it may have been a discipline associated with all the major world religions, today it actually can work to improve health and productivity, in addition to any kind of spiritual benefits it may produce. That's according to Geoffrey Woo, CEO of HVMN, a human enhancement company which designs and develops products that enhance key biometrics pertaining to cognitive, physical, and metabolic output. Here are his words on why all 11 people who work for the company typically fast once a week.
Fasting isn¹t easy. It¹s something we have to train our bodies and minds to handle, because in modern society, our bodies and minds expect snacks every couple hours. By incorporating a weekly fast, everyone on our team has developed greater discipline and self-control. This discipline has cascaded across lifestyle choices: more exercise, fewer happy hours, healthier diets, less soda and refined sugars. A healthier team ends up becoming a happier and more productive team.
2. Staff Camaraderie
Shared struggle is the best way to build trust and teamwork quickly. Conquering the challenge of a team fast every single week is a good anchor, outside of day-to-day work projects, for coworkers to support and encourage each other.
3. Steadier Energy Levels
On fast days, there¹s no post-lunch afternoon slump or afternoon coffee run. Instead of a carb and insulin spike and crash, everyone has level energy throughout the entire workday. Fewer interrupts in deep discussion is important to uncover real insights. Compared to the average company with our headcount, I think we have achieved a lot: revenue, research and partnerships by increasing our efficiency every day.
4. A Quantitative, Metrics-Driven Approach to Business
We measure our glucose and ketone levels while we do our fasts through continuous monitors or finger stick devices. This is more biohacker than what most people might want to experiment with, but the focus on quantitative results is important. We run our company quantitatively with key performance measures of happy customers, top-line revenues and churn rates on cohorts. A culture of quantitatively measuring our own metabolic health helps us default to thinking quantitatively.
5. Seed Your Own Community
Every business is supported by a core community of customers, supporters and followers. Our company serves people that want to improve their work productivity and health biomarkers. By setting an example with a weekly fast, we created a weekly rhythm that our community can participate in and join in on. We¹ve opened our fast to the community and now we have tens of thousands of people in our online community. This makes our community a real dynamic entity. It has been a huge asset for us as we have real conversations with the community to evolve and improve our product line and services.