Maintain The Pleasure of Eating With Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting [Dr Jason Fung] Fasting Myths

I watched you for the first time in Feb 2021. At the time I was 71 years old, borderline diabetic, had high blood pressure, I weighed 240 pounds with 44″ waist, I could barely walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath, and I had chronic stomach problems.

So I decided to give IF and Keto a try. As of today, Sept 15, 2021, I’ve lost 50 pounds, my blood sugar is normal, my blood pressure is normal, my waist is 38″, I can walk up stairs with no breathing problems, and I haven’t had ANY stomach problems since the end of March.

Now I fast for 20 hours everyday and eat during a 4-hour window. I have energy all the time, I sleep better, and I eat better. It really works and I feel great. Thanks Dr Jason, you’ve given me my life back.

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intermittent fasting has been growing in popularity in recent times not only is merely a way to lose weight but for overall general health of the body and mind dr jason fong a nephrologist who authored the books the obesity code and the complete guide to fasting is one of the most vocal advocates of intermittent fasting having seen its astonishing effects in his type 2 diabetes patients let’s listen to dr jason fong so one of the things that people always worry about with intermittent fasting is that they’ve been told that they’ll go into starvation what this means is that it’s a uh where your basal metabolic rate that is the energy that you expend for your organs your liver your heart your brain goes down so if you normally for example burn 2000 calories a day then in under this sort of starvation mode you might go down to 1500 calories a day and what this means is that you may feel very cold you may feel tired you may feel lethargic and this is what they refer to as starvation mode and this is one of the main reasons people tell you not to fast unfortunately this isn’t true so when you look at studies of fasting what happens to the body is completely different body switches fuel sources and instead of burning the food it burns the food that’s been stored away in your body in fact that’s what it’s there for and the body stores away the food is glycogen as also body fat for longer duration fast and because there is adequate food on your body it doesn’t need to slow down its basal metabolic rate ironically what you do see this sort of starvation mode or this shutdown of your metabolism is when you try to chronically restrict your calories so we know that if you simply reduce your calories by 500 calories a day you will eventually slow down the output of your calories that is calories out will decrease so if you try to chronically restrict your calories then you likely will go into this basal metabolic rate slow down or starvation mode fasting on the other hand the difference is that with fasting you make these changes in your hormones that allow you to access so the stores of food on your body that is the body fat and the glycogen and this is a normal process it happens every day when you eat you store energy when you don’t eat you pull the food energy back out if you eat small amounts constantly throughout the day because you’re eating insulin goes up and tells your body to store food energy and it doesn’t allow you to bring that food energy back out or digest that so if you follow that sort of strategy of eating all the time small amounts you’re not going to have access to the body stores of energy that is the body fat and you’re not going to be able to burn it so if you’re only taking in 1500 calories you’re only going to be able to burn 15 and that’s one of the reasons that intermittent fasting or lengthening the amount of time that you spend not eating which allows those hormonal changes for you to access the body fat and the energy let’s start off the other major concern that people have is that they’re going to burn muscle and this has been promoted in lots of different places but again it simply is not true why would your body store food energy as body fat but as soon as you need it it would burn muscle that doesn’t make any sense in fact that’s not what happens in fact if that were to happen every night that we sleep or we have a prolonged 12 hour fasting period we should start losing muscle all the time but that doesn’t happen your body stores the food energy and it takes it back out and it doesn’t affect the muscle store so and the other thing that people don’t look at is that when you uh don’t eat your growth hormone goes up so that when you eat again your body will build up those necessary proteins uh that it needs so in fact what you’re doing is breaking down old sort of junky protein and rebuilding with new proteins so it’s in fact a renewal process so so if you look at studies there’s been several uh studies of intermittent fasting or alternate daily fasting where people eat for one day and don’t eat for the next day and what they find is that the lean mass is preserved much better using this sort of alternate daily fasting strategy compared to a daily caloric restriction because you’re getting this a little bit of breakdown but then a little bit of building back up so you’re actually able to maintain that protein but in fact it’s a lot healthier because you’re having turnover instead of having old protein you’ve got this sort of so those two main myths which is starvation mode metabolic rate slowdown and number two burning muscles they they don’t actually hold up

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