10: Fear of Fasting, Hypothyroidism, LCHF On Non-Fasting Days, Adequate Calories, Eczema, Dry Fasting

10: Fear of Fasting, Hypothyroidism, LCHF On Non-Fasting Days, Adequate Calories, Eczema, Dry Fasting


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 on all things fasting in Episode 10.



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KEY QUOTE: “Once you are able to regulate your hormones, it doesn’t matter what dietary problems you had before. Fasting is truly incredible.” – Megan Ramos

Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 10:


Hey guys,

After devouring everything I could on Dr. Jason Fung, along with your books, I decided to contact his Intensive Dietary Management clinic to become a client. I tried doing a 24-hour fast on my own and came to the realization I needed support. I’m back to doing 16:8 IF every day, but definitely needed help with doing longer fasts. When I am eating, it’s ketogenic. I can’t begin to tell you how excited, thrilled, and optimistic I feel about working with IDM. Just knowing there is a solution to my weight problem makes me feel like I have finally found my Holy Grail because NOTHING has worked for me.

Even eating low-carb, high-fat was not enough to get me into fat-burning mode. I actually needed to get and keep my insulin low for a longer period of time than 12 hours, which is what I had not been doing. All of us who have struggled with our weight and health issues and have done numerous programs that have failed us, who have lived with despair and suffered with this horrible affliction, know how painful this all is. Now, to have an answer, a healthy, doable answer, is a miracle.

I just had to share with you my absolute joy about this discovery. Thank you for The Complete Guide To Fasting. It has become my new Bible for healthy living offering hope, help, guidance, and support to reach ALL my health goals in 2017.

With heartfelt gratitude and thanks!



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– HOT TOPIC: How do you get over your fear of fasting?

1. Are there special fasting considerations for people with hypothyroidism?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

I’ve read a lot about how fasting affects various health issues, but I haven’t seen anything on thyroid disease, specifically hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s). Do you have clients in the IDM program with this and is there anything different you do with them?

Thanks so much!


KEY QUOTE: “Let the positive health benefits motivate you to conquer your fear of fasting.” – Jimmy Moore

2. Is it necessary to eat low-carb, high-fat on non-fasting days to maintain the benefits of alternate day fasting?

Hi Jimmy and Megan,

I have lost weight successfully using alternate day fasting. I am 5’10” tall and currently weight 163 with a BMI of 23.4 and a 34″ waist. On my fasting days, I eat from 0-500 calories and I eat LCHF on my non-fasting days. So what would happen if I did not eat LCHF on my non-fasting days? Would I still see results just at a slower pace or would that negate the benefits I am seeing?



3. If you only eat one meal a day for a 24-hour fast, how do you get adequate calories to prevent metabolic slowdown?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

Okay, now I am confused. On a recent episode of Fasting Talk, I heard Megan says it is detrimental to your health to not get enough calories in on your feeding days. She noted that patients who only eat 500-800 calories a day are the hardest ones to help because their metabolism has been slowed down for so long. But then in last week’s episode from Low Carb Breckenridge with Dr. Fung answering questions, he said it’s okay to eat one meal a day when you intermittent fast and that he doesn’t really care about how many calories you get in that meal. There’s no way I could get over 1,000 calories in one meal. So if you are doing this six days a week then aren’t you getting to that place where Megan says it is detrimental with the low calorie intake? Please help me with this.


4. Do I need to do extended fasting to help reduce eczema symptoms or can keto/IF give me relief from this?

Hello Jimmy and Megan,

Thank you so much for the information you are providing the public. You make my job as a Mind-Body Nutrition Coach easier, knowing I am providing quality, relevant information for myself and my clients. My question for you guys is about eczema. From what I’ve read, it seems fasting is beneficial, but more so for doing an extended fast of more than three days. I’m not sure I want to fast for that long since I don’t have any weight to lose. I’m 5’3″, 123 pounds, 52 years old and very active with trail running 2x/week, Crossfit 2x/week and ballroom dancing 2-3 times per week. Would shorter or intermittent fasting reduce the eczema symptoms or do I need to suck it up and do an extended fast of a few days to get the most benefits? Or would a ketogenic diet alone help with this?

Thank you for all you do!



5. Are there any differences in the fasting experience consuming water vs. dry fasting?

Hello Jimmy and Megan,

I’ve read your book on fasting and love this podcast. I have been doing 7-day fasts and intermittent fasts on a regular basis. While reading your book, I saw that fasting is a practice followed by numerous religious traditions. But one element of several of these traditions, such as Ramadan, that I did not see mentioned in your book or discussed on your show is the impact of not drinking anything during the daytime of these religious fasting periods. Fasting means abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk. All the discussions of fasting assumes you are consuming water. But what about these dry fasts during the daytime? Is this something different about fasting with liquids vs. fasting without them?

Thank you,


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