Fasting Talk

Fasting Talk

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Veteran health podcaster (The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, Keto Talk, Ask The Low-Carb Experts, and Low-Carb Conversations), blogger, and international speaker, and bestselling author (The Complete Guide To Fasting, The Ketogenic Cookbook, Keto Clarity) Jimmy Moore from Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb along with Toronto, Ontario-based nephrologist and international bestselling author of The Complete Guide To Fasting Dr. Jason Fung and Intensive Dietary Management Program Director Megan Ramos from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com answer listener questions on Fridays all about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. You’ll stay up-to-date on all the latest science and practical information on all things fasting. Plus, you’ll hear real life examples of people who successfully fast for health and weight loss.

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8: Cholesterol, Keto vs. Fasting For Fat-Burning, Autophagy Causing Pain, Gastritis, Adrenal Issues, Fasting With A Gastric Sleeve  

Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan bring you the latest information about fasting and answer your questions in Episode 8.

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KEY QUOTE: “Once my weight loss began to stabilize and my body adapted, my triglyceride levels were perfect for the first time in my life.” – Megan Ramos

Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 8:

Feedback from a listener:

Hi Jimmy and Megan!

You recently answered a question of mine about whether I could fast for three days on and three days off to get the autophagic results of an extended fast. I was concerned because I didn't think I could do an extended fast because of my very physical job. Well, long story short, I completed a 26-day fast running solely on water, green tea, and KetoAide (which is a blend of water, light salt for sodium and potassium, and magnesium citrate). I felt fine, had plenty of energy, needed very little sleep, watched some scary stuff come out of my body, dropped 30 pounds, and kept off 18 of it since ending the fast. I could have physically continued to fast, but it was somewhat mentally taxing more than physically—and I just lost the will to continue it. So I broke the fast with a handful of black olives and almonds and then had a nice three egg veggie omelet an hour later. Pure bliss!

Thanks again for all you guys do! Happy Fasting!

Gary

HOT TOPIC: Does fasting raise or lower your cholesterol numbers?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

Here’s a hot topic idea for your Fasting Talk podcast. How exactly does fasting impacts your cholesterol? I’ve heard you say how it lowered your cholesterol, but my doctor said fasting would raise mine. And he was right. I had my blood lipids drawn after a 5-day water-only fast as prescribed in The Complete Guide To Fasting and my numbers were wrecked as you’ll see in my results below. I was ketogenic in the before starting fasting, so this is a shock. I would love to hearing a discussion about this on your podcast. Maybe it only works for people with already high cholesterol levels?

Here are my numbers after fasting compared with keto:

Total cholesterol 255 -- previously 197
Triglycerides 169 -- previously 84
HDL 41 -- previously 69
LDL 180 -- previously 121

Any thoughts?

Brady

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1. Is the fat-burning from a water fast equivalent to the fat-burning from being in a state of ketosis?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

I have water fasted for 21 days and many shorter ones for spiritual reasons. I know what it's like to have zero hunger after 3 days of no food. I have plenty of energy to walk and lift light things, but I’m not ready for eight hours of hard labor during a water fast. When I’m in nutritional ketosis, I also have no hunger but I’m able to do heavy lifting and do a full eight hours of hard labor work without trouble. I'm guessing the body fat burns better when we eat fat and protein on eating days than when we water fast. But we have plenty of stored body fat to fuel us when we fast. So my question is this: why can't I do my normal routine that includes a very physically demanding job on just a water fast and have the same amount of energy as I experience in nutritional ketosis? It seems they are accomplishing the same thing an

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan are joined by Special Guest Patient Mark Dorley to talk about the real world benefits of fasting and answer your questions in Episode 7.

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Mark is a 41 year old 6'2" man that came to I.D.M. as a long distance patient in October 2016. After reaching a weight of over 470 pounds and dealing with joint pain, heel spurs, sleep apnea and full blown diabetes requiring multiple injections daily. Mark was slowly dying, and he knew he needed help.

Mark's mother sent him The Obesity Code in September 2016 and warned him that it might be considered controversial, but after reading it, he felt that the message was what he had been missing. In the short four month span since starting fasting and eating keto Mark has lost 100 pounds! More than the weight loss, in this short amount of time Mark has been able to remove the diabetes medicine and he believes that fasting has saved his life. His health markers are continually improving and he now enjoys more energy, mental clarity and better sleep.

KEY QUOTE: “You arive at a point in your mind where it's not a question of whether it will work for you. You just have to set  your mind to do it.” – Mark Dorley

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Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 7:

1. How do I convince friends and family that fasting isn’t an eating disorder?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

I love the Fasting Talk podcast. I have been keto for over two years losing 70 pounds with stellar blood work and I have dabbled in 24-hour fasts. But I have reservations about trying a 3-day fast. My biggest concern is about the social backlash I think I’ll experience. I have never had an eating disorder but my family and friends cannot (even after all this time) fathom that I’m cutting sugar and grains out of my diet—much less doing a fast! They were so resistant to my ketogenic lifestyle describing it as an eating disorder that the thought of fasting around them intimidates me.  What do you suggest?

Thanks so much!

Karen

KEY QUOTE: “If you have trouble sleeping, get up and do something productive. Your body will adjust and reset.” – Megan Ramos  

2. Do your senses become more heightened by Day 4 of an extended fast and why?

I've noticed that when I fast for more than 3 days, my senses seem to become more heightened. Is there any explanation for this or similar experiences reported by other people who are fasting? Thank you and keep up the fantastic work!

Clyde

3. Is adding fat such as MCT oil to my tea going to stoke an insulin response during my fast?

I'm trying to use an eating plan Megan posted where she broke her fast with bone broth, salad with little or no protein, and green tea for lunch and then a small serving of meat with cooked non-starchy vegetables for dinner. My question stems from something Dr. Fung said about fat. Will having tea with MCT oil in the morning mess up my fast and produce an insulin response? I’m asking because obviously I don’t need insulin to not be released when I’m not eating.

Appreciate your response!

Jerilyn

4. How can you lower the tension that comes from fasting?

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung's Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions--send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you're not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan answer your burning questions all about fasting in Episode 6.

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Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 6:

- HOT TOPIC: Aren’t You Constantly Hungry When You Are Fasting?

KEY QUOTE: “Keep busy and schedule things that you like to do during meal times to take your mind off of eating.” – Megan Ramos

1. Is eating 500-1000 calories on days I intermittent fast going to lower my basal metabolic rate?

I find that when I intermittent fast for at least 18-24 hours, I usually only eat 500-1000 calories on those days. I eat about 46 grams of protein between one or two meals and less than 25 grams of carbs all from green leafy vegetables. The rest of my calories come from fat like butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, rendered bacon fat and olive oil. I only eat clean and avoid nuts, nut flour, artificial sweeteners, and all processed foods, and only eat 100% grass-fed and pastured meats, poultry, pork and eggs and wild fish. My blood glucose is excellent and I test my blood ketones regularly with readings always between 1.0-2.0 mmol.

Should I add more of something (probably fat) to bring up my calories on days I intermittent fast so as not to lower my basal metabolic rate? Is it a problem to only get 500-1000 on these days I do IF? I'm just not that hungry but could eat more if I had to. Thank you in advance for your help and thank you for all you guys do everyday!

With immense appreciation,

Deb

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2. Should I be concerned about developing gallstones while intermittent fasting?

I'm one of the genetically unlucky people whose blood sugar spikes on anything—even eating low-carb. I've lived a low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate, and GAPS diet for many years but still have consistently high fasting sugars (6.5-7 mmol or 115-125 mg/dL) and am so insulin resistant with abdominal obesity rearing its ugly head. I've been a Jimmy Moore fan for ages but recently found Dr. Fung’s work and love what he’s doing because it makes so much sense.

I'm now eating within a 9-hour window but have in the past had acute gallstones on very low-calorie, rapid weight loss plans. Needless to say, I’m nervous about doing this or going longer in my fasting because of these fears. My health takes a big dive if I go to extremes like fasting with my thyroid issues (Hashimoto’s) and liver problems (extreme Gilbert's disease). Are people like me just not suited for fasting? And if fasting is helpful for me, then what would you recommend to avoid these gallstone problems?

Thanks for helping me with this issue!

Jayne

KEY QUOTE: “Fasting is not a fad diet with lots of rules to follow. It's simple, just don't eat.” – Jimmy Moore

3. Why am I not showing ketone production after four days of fasting?

I have been fasting for 96 consecutive hours and my Ketonix breath ketone meter is registering little to no ketones. After 96 hours, I must have depleted the glucose in my system by now. In my mind I have to be producing ketones but it’s not showing up on this meter. What could be going on here?

By the way, I’ve lost 39 pounds and 2 inches off my waist since September 15, 2016. I did enj

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Jason answer your questions about all things fasting in Episode 5.

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Jimmy and Jason respond to Dr. Phinney's concerns about fasting in Episode 5:

- Labels fasting as a “fad” saying it will produce major pushback from the health authorities when people start dying suddenly - Getting adequate fluid, potassium, and sodium with an intermittent fast up to 24 hours is benign - After 24 hours of no calorie intake, the body starts breaking down protein from lean tissue - By Day 3 of fasting, the rate of lean tissue loss is equivalent to 3/4 pound per day - The data on extended fasting in THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FASTING is misstated - If someone fasts for three days a week, the amount of lean tissue lost is greater than the amount of lean tissue they can regain in the other four days - Doesn’t believe that my 10-pound lean tissue loss (according to DXA) during my 28 of 31 day fast in January 2016 was water, claims it would take 40 days of eating again to recover this loss (actually a follow-up DXA two weeks later showed all of that 10-pound “lean tissue” loss was back on my body again—so he’s mistaken) - When someone fasts for a prolonged period of time, you’re vulnerable to “refeeding syndrome” (WWII prison camp prisoners suddenly died when they were fed copious amounts of food following extended fasting) - There’s an acute shift in minerals out of the bloodstream into the cells causing an impairment of heart function - The Liquid Protein Diet is used as an example of sudden death from refeeding syndrome that was reported as happening because of ketones…it shut down the science on ketosis for two decades - For some people, a 36-hour fast is fine as long as the other 5 1/2 days of eating have adequate minerals (apparent contradiction of his earlier statement) - We need research that shows long-term, positive, sustainability for people who are fasting to reverse diabetes and reduce body fat that goes 1-2 years - With two-week fasting or longer, the rate of protein breakdown comes down markedly. First day of fasting produces very little protein breakdown, the rate of protein breakdown peaks on the third day of fasting, by two weeks the lean tissue loss is about one-third pound lean tissue loss daily and at 28 days it’s a quarter-pound a day of lean tissue loss (another contradiction of earlier statements) - If you only look at urea, then the lean tissue loss seems to be much less but ammonia, creatinine, and other byproducts all make up the lean tissue loss as well so urea doesn’t give the entire picture. - It’s unethical to write a book telling people to start fasting on their own (and yet we mention to consult with a physician often throughout our book) - I’m not saying fasting is wrong, but we don’t know what the truth is - Getting adequate potassium and magnesium is critically important and you’re not getting these when you are fasting

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4: Fasting For Keto-Adaptation, High Blood Ketones, Elevated And Low Blood Sugar, No Weight Loss, Slowing Fat Metabolism  

Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan answer your questions about all things fasting in Episode 4.

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Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 4:

- Whether you should fast when you are sick

HOT TOPIC:  Can you use fasting as a way to get keto-adapted faster?

Can you get keto-adapted faster with fasting? And why do you get angry on the second day of fasting? What do you do about that? 

Mary

1. Can blood ketones go too high while you are fasting?

Hey guys,

I’m 71 years old with a low BMI and no medical or health conditions to deal with. I resistance train twice weekly lifting heavy and have been ketogenic for the past four years.  Every couple of months, I do a water-only fast for about 3 days and have noticed that my blood sugar goes down to the upper 50’s and my blood ketones reach a very high level of 8.0 mmol on the Precision Xtra testing device. Is this a problem? I feel fine so I do not allow it to interrupt my fast. But I can’t help but wonder if the blood ketones can go too high for a non-diabetic perhaps impacting blood pH levels. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated!

 Thank you again for your great new podcast.

Richard

2. Why do blood sugar levels increase during a fast when no food is consumed? Is it muscle wasting?

Hi Jimmy and Megan,

I am on Day 3 of a 5-7 day fast, but I seem to be struggling with higher than normal blood glucose levels. I started fasting after a trip when I definitely fell out of ketosis from indulging a bit too much on carbs. On the morning of Day 2, my fasting blood glucose was 80. But by midday, it was up to 110 and only down to 99 by bedtime. When I woke up the next morning, it was still 99 and stayed elevated all day long despite the fact my blood ketones are 2.3 mmol. What’s going on here? Is this muscle-wasting that I need to be concerned about since no food is being consumed? I feel great otherwise and am doing much better than I have on other fasts. 

Thanks so much!

Robin 

3. Should I be concerned about my blood sugar levels going too low while fasting?

Hi Jimmy and Megan,

I’m on Day 4 of my fast and my blood sugar has been reading very low the entire time. It’s been below 70 since Day 1 and I registered 45 this morning. I had a serving of kombucha and two hours laterthat brought my blood sugar back up to 60. All I’ve been consuming is water, black coffee, and tea along with bone broth to get through the hard days. Interestingly, despite the very low blood glucose levels, I have physically and mentally felt the best I have since I began this fast. Can you shed some light about what’s happening and whether I should be concerned about this super-low blood sugar while fasting?

Thank you, 

Jennifer

4. How is it possible I haven’t lost a single pound while fasting for eight days?

Hey guys,

One of my goals is to do a 21-day fast and I’m currently in Day 8 of my extended fast. I drink homemade bone broth when I need it and a Bulletproof Coffee if I really need something—typically when my hands and feet feel like ice. I’ve been eating keto for over a year and typically intermittent fast daily. I workout hard in the gym virtually everyday and have done a 6-day fast and a 10-day fast previously. On the 10-day fast, I lost a lot of weight and gained it all back while on the 6-day fast, I lost some and gained it back too—but I felt amazing! On

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan are joined by Special Guest Patient Anne Brown to answer your questions about all things fasting in Episode 3.

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SPECIAL GUEST PATIENT: Anne Brown

Anne is a 63 year old woman in Dr. Fung & Megan's IDM Clinic in June 2016. Anne was taking 156 units of insulin a day. She decided to go on an 11 day fast. She stopped her insulin within the first three days of fasting. Her original A1c was so high it was rated as >15%.  Within 11 daysof fasting her A1c dropped to 13.1%.

Anne continues to fast. Her fasts vary from 24 hours to three or four days at a time depending on her schedule. Her A1c is now at 9.9%. She has lost 10 kg and 10 cm around the largest part of her abdomen.

Here’s what Jimmy, Megan, and Anne talked about in Episode 3:

1. What can I do about watery stools? Why can’t I have sweeteners?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

Just got The Complete Guide To Fasting and it's GREAT. I have two questions I didn't find an answer to and wanted to get more information about.

1) I have watery stools while fasting...any thoughts about why or how to prevent?
2) You recommend no sweeteners…why would you not be able to use even stevia?

Thanks again for such a good book and your help with my questions.

Cheryl

2. Can I get the autophagic improvements through frequent 3-day fasts or should I do longer fasts for that?

Hello guys,

A question that I haven’t seen covered well is the frequency of fasts. My job is far too physical to accommodate a 7-day fast. Can I water fast three days on and three days off for a month? And if I am hoping to clear a chronic infection by this method via autophagy, can the autophagic effect be cumulative with on and off fasting as I mentioned or must I have the continuous longer fast of ten days or more to get real results?

I really appreciate your insight and experience and your desire to enlighten us!

Best wishes to you,

Gary

3. Can I continue my workouts while fasting? Should I take my regular supplements while fasting?

Jimmy and Megan,

I am currently eating one regular meal and a small meal a day.  I plan to drop that small meal soon and then graduate to 2 days, then 3 days, and then 4. But I still want to be able to workout. I currently do a moderate cardio workout in the morning and then after work I do strength training. I am 63 years old and own and ride a horse. So I need to keep the strength in my muscles for that as well as being able to perform my job.

I am pretty sure I am insulin resistant as most of my family has diabetes and my eating habits up until two years ago would almost guarantee this is more true than not. So I am now ready to take my journey to the next level and start healing the damage. One last question: Should I continue taking my supplements while fasting?

Thanks ever so much,

Diana

4. What’s the best way to break a fast and still remain in the fat-burning mode state of ketosis?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

I've been on a ketogenic diet since August and have lost 40 pounds so far. I've done many intermittent fasts, a 2-day and 3-day fasts and am currently doing my first 7-day fast after reading The Complete Guide to Fasting. My question is I don't know how to break this longer fast and still stay in ketosi

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung's Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions--send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you're not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan are here with practical answers to your best questions on fasting in Episode 2. And if you missed our special Episode 0 or Episode 1 with Dr. Fung last week, get caught up now!

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Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 2:

- HOT TOPIC to discuss: What Are The Primary Benefits Of Fasting?

1. Will intermittent fasting with less than 1,000 calories send my body into starvation mode? And will unsweetened coconut milk in my coffee technically break the fast?

I’ve been doing some intermittent fasting, mainly by skipping breakfast on weekdays, for the past couple of months. My concern, however, is that when I intermittent fast, and also eat no starches, I'm worried that this is similar to a crash diet, because I'm often eating maybe 800-900 calories a day because it's all vegetables and proteins. But eating these things make me full after dinner.

I'm 37 years old and and only 5'2" tall and I have maybe 20 pounds more I want to lose. I've spent years being told by experts warning me about not getting starvation mode. How do I know I'm not negatively affecting my metabolism by doing this fasting? By the way, when I do eat breakfast, I'm hungry all day, even when it's just a protein shake.

My second question after the metabolism concern is that although I skip breakfast, I do have a small cup of coffee with unsweetened coconut milk in it. Is this technically preventing me from getting the benefits of intermittent fasting or is that ok?

Thanks!

Tara

2. What’s the best strategy for breaking an extended fast to avoid problems?

Hey guys, I definitely appreciate all your work on The Complete Guide To Fasting. I have done intermittent fasting in the past but I'm concerned about coming off of my two to three day extended fast. Other than using a small snack before a meal coming off too fast, are there any other issues that I should be aware of? Thanks again for this awesome book and podcast.

James

3. What can I do about diarrhea when I attempt an extended fast? What’s causing this to happen?

I've been very interested in doing an extended fast, but at approximately the 72-hour mark I get frequent diarrhea. I'm looking for specific information that can help with my situation. This doesn't seem to be a topic many people want to discuss. Will this go away and get better at some point? Is there such a thing as too much water? Is there anything I can do to control it? Working in an office setting, this feels like a disaster waiting to happen and has always stopped me from progressing further in an extended fast. I want to know how other people handle it.

Jay

4. Why did my blood sugar levels skyrocket when I engaged in fasting for a few days?

Thank you for this new Fasting Talk podcast. I am an avid listener to The Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show and Keto Talk, so this new show will be added to my regular podcasting playlist. I have been eating low-carb for about a year now and have really seen an improvement in my blood tests. I haven't really tracked blood glucose consistently during the year but it has always been below 100. 

Recently I tried a couple of extended fasts (60 and 96 hours) about three weeks apart.  My goal was to get deeper into ketosis as I have not been successful in maintaining ketosis with a carb level of 30 grams per day.  I know it is probably my protein intake keeping me out of ketosis where I am consuming around 150 grams per day. I thought the fasts would help me

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung's Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions--send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you're not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in as Jimmy, Dr. Fung, and Megan kick off this brand new podcast by sharing more about themselves as well as answering a few questions for you today in Episode 1.

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Here’s what Jimmy, Dr. Fung, and Megan talked about in Episode 1:

- Hear each of your new cohosts share their fasting stories and why they decided to start this podcast

1. How do you prevent ghrelin being stimulated which could ostensibly slow your metabolism during a fast?

I’m excited about your new podcast all about fasting.  I have a question for you that I haven’t heard addressed anywhere. How do you avoid stimulating ghrelin that will slow your metabolism while fasting?

Thanks for your work,

Karen

2. Is fasting contraindicated if you have had your gallbladder removed?

Hey guys,

What about fasting when you have had your gallbladder removed? I've heard this stresses the liver the Whole30 book says fasting is not recommend for people without a gallbladder. I'm curious if that's true or if there is a difference between intermittent and extended fasting. I've tried to find some research about this online but no good answers have come up. I asked my gallbladder doctor about this, he had no options for me either. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Leah

3. Why does the notion that fasting is not good for women continue to linger?

Hey Dr. Fung,

I’ve heard several prominent health experts like Mark Sisson and others online who say women should probably not fast. I don’t understand why this idea of fasting being detrimental to women is so commonplace because I’ve seen nothing but success using it. I’m 48 years old and a mom of three who has used a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet with regular exercise and yoga to be healthy. But my weight and fasting blood glucose levels had been going up. That’s when fasting changed all of that for me enabling me to lower my weight, reduce my waist size, and lowering my blood sugar, insulin, and A1c levels. Why is there such negativity about fasting for women promoted so heavily especially in the Paleo community?

Thanks for your books and great work!

Mechelle

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When veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" met Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com at a low-carb conference in South Africa, he was immediately drawn to Dr. Fung's clinical use of fasting to Abring about health and healing in his patients. After these two collaborated on the international bestsAelling 2016 book The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, they decided to create this podcast dedicated to answering listener questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Dr. Fung's Clinical Director at Intensive Dietary Management is Megan Ramos who will be contributing directly from her own personal experiences with fasting as well as the wisdom she has gained working with over 1,000 patients in IDM clinic. Beginning in January 2017, we'll air brand new episodes of the regular format of this Q&A podcast for you on Fridays. But today enjoy this special Episode 0 featuring Jimmy Moore reading the fasting journey of Dr. Fung, Jimmy, and Megan from the audiobook version of The Complete Guide to Fasting.

 

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