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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 about fasting in Episode 17.
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Here’s what Jimmy, Megan, and Hayley talked about in Episode 17:
KEY QUOTE: “A bad night of sleep or a stressful day can cause radical shifts in your fasting insulin levels so we look for more long term changes and trends.” – Megan Ramos
HOT TOPIC: What are the signs a patient can look for that indicate there is healing happening to their insulin resistance?
Hey Jimmy and Megan,
I just finished up my first extended fast at 67 hours thanks to the information that you and Megan share on your awesome podcast. I’m down 3 pounds, blood sugar 63, blood ketones 6.6. I had improved blood pressure, amazing mental clarity and even ran my fastest 5K ever. Wow! I’m going to keep extended fasting as part of my routine along with regular intermittent fasting. I have a question for you guys that I haven’t heard addressed yet. Other than measuring changes in blood glucose and ketone levels, how would someone know they are improving their insulin resistance? Are there ways you quantify this in your patients at IDM?
Thanks so much for all that you do. I am so very grateful that I found you guys!
1. What are the hormone improvements and adaptations that take place doing shorter fasts of 24-36 hours?
Dear Jimmy and Megan,
I have read Keto Clarity, The Obesity Code and The Complete Guide to Fasting, so thanks for all these great resources. In The Obesity Code, Dr. Fung writes about a lot of adaptations that happen during fasting including a rise in epinephrine. But according to the book, those adaptations do not kick in until around Day 3 or 4 of extended fasting. So what I want to know is what hormonal improvements or adaptations take place during an intermittent or alternate day fasting period of 24-36 hours?
Keep up the great work! I’ve been intermittent fasting for 10 weeks and I’m down 20 pounds!
2. Why am I not getting the same benefits from fasting now that had I previously when I fasted? What can I do about it?
Hey Jimmy and Megan,
Many years ago, I would regularly fast twice weekly for 24 hours at a time. I experienced improved energy, weight loss, improved body composition, and lower inflammation levels. I then fell off the wagon for a few years with changes in employment and other life circumstances. But in recent months I have started fasting again and follow a ketogenic diet when I’m feasting. But I’ve noticed since coming back to fasting again that the amazing benefits that I had previously aren’t happening. Do you have any recommendations for someone like me who has seen the positive impact of fasting before and is not seeing it now? Why is this happening?
Thanks so much for answering my question. I am loving the new podcast…it’s so motivating!
Christine from Australia
KEY QUOTE: “Even if you’re eating a low-carb ketogenic diet, it’s still a good idea to give your pancreas a break every now and then.” – Jimmy Moore
3. Which fasting protocol is best for weight loss? How do you lose weight doing IF? How long before you burn stored body fat while extended fasting?
Dear Jimmy and Megan,
Thank you for creating this podcast on fasting. My question for you is about weight loss. What is the best fasting strategy for losing weight? I’ve heard that when you fast, it takes about 24-36 hours for your glycogen stores in the liver to become completely depleted and then you begin to burn your own stored body fat for energy. If that’s true, then intermittent fasting would seemingly not work for losing weight because after about 16-20 hours of IF you start eating again. So how is it possible to lose weight on IF? Thus, it seems that extended fasting would be better than IF for the purposes of weight loss. Am I right? And how long does it take before you start losing stored body fat during fasting and not just water weight?
Thank you so much. I just listened to your audiobook for The Complete Guide To Fasting. Keep up the great work!
4. What are the signs of electrolyte imbalance during a fast and what are your best tips for replenishing these electrolytes on a water-only extended fast?
Hi Jimmy and Megan,
I have engaged in extended water fasting twice—one 5-day fast and one 8-day fast. Interestingly, I experienced brain fog and tiredness throughout these fasts and I’m thinking I might be having issues with keeping my electrolytes in balance. So what are your very best tips for replenishing electrolytes during an extended water fast? And what are the signs to look for that electrolytes are out of whack?
I’m planning on doing an even longer fast the next time and your advice is appreciated. I took a multivitamin, fish oil, lite salt (for the sodium and potassium), and Himalayan rock sea salt. Thank you for your help!
5. Why don’t you recommend coffee enemas during an extended fasting for the added cleansing benefits it provides?
Why don’t you recommend people to use enemas during their fasting? Coffee enemas are highly recommended by people like Dr. Nicholas Gonzales and others for cancer, cleansing the liver, and more?
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