1: Meet Your Fasting Talk Cohosts, Preventing Ghrelin, No Gallbladder, Fasting For Women

1: Meet Your Fasting Talk Cohosts, Preventing Ghrelin, No Gallbladder, Fasting For Women


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. And if you missed our special Episode 0 last Friday, you’ll get to hear more on why your cohosts are so passionate about fasting.


KEY QUOTE: “The first couple of weeks (of fasting), they’re just gonna suck. You have to get over that and let yourself get adapted to it before you can really make a decision on whether this is a good option for you or not. The more you do it, the easier it gets.” — Dr. Jason Fung

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,


KEY QUOTE: “You know what we need–a Facebook page called Fasting Females. Somebody set that up. I would love to see a bunch of women who have been successful at fasting share their stories. This meme that women can’t fast isn’t gonna change until people see evidence otherwise.” — Jimmy Moore

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.



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!


KEY QUOTE: “The first time I did a 7-day fast, I was mentally excited that I got to eat something. I wasn’t physically hungry. So I started cooking and I broke my fast with six olives. After eating the olives, I was stuffed! People think they’re gonna be ravenously hungry after extended fasting and they’re just not.” — Megan Ramos

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6 responses to “1: Meet Your Fasting Talk Cohosts, Preventing Ghrelin, No Gallbladder, Fasting For Women”

  1. Susan Lowell says:

    I recently purchased The Complete Guide to Fasting and The Obesity Code. This week I did 2 36 hour water fasts ending the second fast this Saturday morning. throughout the day at my volunteer job, I noticed a distinct lift in attitude. My waist band was looser and I felt more clear headed today. I am 73, take no medications and am prediabetic. .Being overweight and diabetic is common in my family.

  2. Alejandro says:

    Great podcast.

    Thank you.

  3. Monika says:

    Love listening to this podcast. I’m binge listening to keto talk right now. I’m female, 52, been on ketogenic diet since April ’16. Started IF last year, and did 18/6 every day. After binge eating before, and over the holidays, I’ve come back to eating keto, but this alone didn’t give me the fat loss results I needed. So I started doing longer fasts. Today I finished my first 72h fast. What amazes me is that my hot flashes are totally GONE, and believe me, that’s a big thing! My cravings are gone too, and another wonderful thing is, that I noticed yesterday, that suddenly I felt totally calm. Been stressed for months now, and very moody (my dogs, and son were hiding from me) ;o), but this longer fast changed that. I hope it will last! I’m planning to do a 7 day fast in March, until then I’ll mix it up from 18/6, 24h, 42h and 48h fasting, depending on how I feel. Still need to lose 68lbs to my goal weight, have lost 54lbs so far. Please keep those wonderful podcasts coming! A big thank you to all of you.
    PS I’ve read The Obesity Code, and Keto Clarity, and The Complete Guide to Fasting!
    I’m a BIG FAN of you guys! 🙂

  4. Amy Strauch says:

    I have another gall bladder question. I still have mine and going paleo in 2014 helped immensely but I still have the occasional (1-2x a year) attack. I’d like to try fasting because I’m 60# overweight. I’m concerned about having an attack after fasting. What do you think?

  5. Adrian says:

    Hello! I have been doing low carb high fat with IF of 16-24 for about 3 months. With this discussion on prolonged fasts decreasing inflammatory markers- has Dr. Fung seen any evidence (either data or in his patients) for this improving symptoms or the course of autoimmune disease like inflammatory bowel disease?