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 questions all about fasting in Episode 19.
HOT TOPIC: How much to eat on feasting days to distinguish from fasting days?
1. Why do I have a tight feeling in my throat while I’m extended fasting? Is it my thyroid detoxing or something else?
Hello Jimmy and Megan!
I’m now 4 1/2 days into my first ever 7-day water fast. Thanks to The Complete Guide to Fasting, I was well-prepared and I managed the first two days just fine and the hunger pangs are all but gone now. I’m sleeping soundly, and my daily energy levels are sufficient enough to handle my normal activities, but I don’t feel like there’s enough gas in the tank for my normal exercise routines. I do have a few worrisome symptom that I wanted to ask you about. I’ve noticed a tight feeling in my throat starting in the morning of Day 3. It’s located around the hollow of my neck just at and above the level of my collar bone. It’s actually something I used to feel all the time, before I adopted a cleaner way of eating over a year ago and that sensation has been gone for several months. But now it’s back with a vengeance since I commenced extended fasting. It seems to be where I think my thyroid is, so of course I’m wondering if my thyroid is suffering or just detoxing and getting healthy and strong again. Any ideas about what might be going on?
Bless you for resurrecting the important tool of fasting! I had all but given up on shedding these extra 10 pounds that suddenly appeared a couple years ago. I’m thrilled about reforming my eating habits, improving my blood sugar, and EASILY eliminating wheat and artificial sweeteners, and of course the weight loss.
2. Do you get the same or better results doing a 10-day extended fast vs. two 5-day fasts?
Hey guys, love the show! Thanks for all of your hard work and for educating your listeners around the world. My question for you guys is this: Are there any specific weight loss, insulin resistance or general advantages to doing a 10-day fast vs. doing two 5-day fasts?
Thanks for answering my question,
Bard in Sydney, Australia
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3. Would limiting my fasting to non-training days be best for someone like me doing Brazilian jiu jitsu?
Hey Jimmy and Megan,
About two years ago I was living a sedentary lifestyle and weighed 275 pounds at 5'9". Now I'm down to 190 pounds after a lot of hard work and not drastically changing my eating habits other than cutting out sodas, cakes, and other sugary snacks. I'm what you might call a "fatthlete" (fat athlete). I train Brazilian jiu jitsu five days a week and I'm a little worried about fasting because from what I understand about it vigorous physical activity can cause problems for people. What are your thoughts on circadian fasting or fasting only on days I don't train? Would those be better fasting options for me?
Thank you in advance for your advice,
4. Is it okay to engage in a fast post-surgery? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
I’m so glad I found Fasting Talk. I already listened to Keto Talk and this new podcast makes my life complete. What I want to know about is if there are any guidelines for fasting after surgery. Is there a time period when it’s not advisable to fast post-op? Or does it depend of the surgery? I had my appendix out just before Christmas and while I felt fine doing a 40-hour fast in the week afterwards, my husband got rather anxious about me doing this. I have been doing a 20-4 intermittent fast most days for the last year with occasional longer fasts. But I haven’t found any information about fasting post-surgery anywhere.
Denise in Canberra, Australia
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5. Can you fast consuming green vegetable juice and coconut water? How about with the Master cleanse?
I’m curious to know if you would ever recommend fasting on green vegetable juice and coconut water? Also, I’ve heard about a lot of people having success doing the Master cleanse which uses lemons and maple syrup? I know the latter has a lot of sugar but maybe this works best for people who are more insulin sensitive. Any thoughts on this?
Kate in Cape Town, South Africa