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Fasting Talk

Veteran health podcaster (The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, Keto Talk, Ask The Low-Carb Experts, and Low-Carb Conversations), blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore hosts this podcast featuring listener testimonials and stories about their journey using intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy, along with noted Toronto-based nephrologist and fasting expert Dr. Jason Fung, is the coauthor of the 2016 international bestselling book The Complete Guide to Fasting and has years of experience and knowledge about fasting to share in these engaging conversations with everyday people perfecting the fine art of not eating. Tune in on Fridays for brand new episodes of the #1 podcast dedicated solely to the subject of fasting.
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Jan 27, 2017

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 about all things fasting in Episode 4.

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Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 4:

- Whether you should fast when you are sick

HOT TOPIC:  Can you use fasting as a way to get keto-adapted faster?

Can you get keto-adapted faster with fasting? And why do you get angry on the second day of fasting? What do you do about that? 

Mary

1. Can blood ketones go too high while you are fasting?

Hey guys,

I’m 71 years old with a low BMI and no medical or health conditions to deal with. I resistance train twice weekly lifting heavy and have been ketogenic for the past four years.  Every couple of months, I do a water-only fast for about 3 days and have noticed that my blood sugar goes down to the upper 50’s and my blood ketones reach a very high level of 8.0 mmol on the Precision Xtra testing device. Is this a problem? I feel fine so I do not allow it to interrupt my fast. But I can’t help but wonder if the blood ketones can go too high for a non-diabetic perhaps impacting blood pH levels. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated!

 Thank you again for your great new podcast.

Richard

2. Why do blood sugar levels increase during a fast when no food is consumed? Is it muscle wasting?

Hi Jimmy and Megan,

I am on Day 3 of a 5-7 day fast, but I seem to be struggling with higher than normal blood glucose levels. I started fasting after a trip when I definitely fell out of ketosis from indulging a bit too much on carbs. On the morning of Day 2, my fasting blood glucose was 80. But by midday, it was up to 110 and only down to 99 by bedtime. When I woke up the next morning, it was still 99 and stayed elevated all day long despite the fact my blood ketones are 2.3 mmol. What’s going on here? Is this muscle-wasting that I need to be concerned about since no food is being consumed? I feel great otherwise and am doing much better than I have on other fasts. 

Thanks so much!

Robin 

3. Should I be concerned about my blood sugar levels going too low while fasting?

Hi Jimmy and Megan,

I’m on Day 4 of my fast and my blood sugar has been reading very low the entire time. It’s been below 70 since Day 1 and I registered 45 this morning. I had a serving of kombucha and two hours laterthat brought my blood sugar back up to 60. All I’ve been consuming is water, black coffee, and tea along with bone broth to get through the hard days. Interestingly, despite the very low blood glucose levels, I have physically and mentally felt the best I have since I began this fast. Can you shed some light about what’s happening and whether I should be concerned about this super-low blood sugar while fasting?

Thank you, 

Jennifer

4. How is it possible I haven’t lost a single pound while fasting for eight days?

Hey guys,

One of my goals is to do a 21-day fast and I’m currently in Day 8 of my extended fast. I drink homemade bone broth when I need it and a Bulletproof Coffee if I really need something—typically when my hands and feet feel like ice. I’ve been eating keto for over a year and typically intermittent fast daily. I workout hard in the gym virtually everyday and have done a 6-day fast and a 10-day fast previously. On the 10-day fast, I lost a lot of weight and gained it all back while on the 6-day fast, I lost some and gained it back too—but I felt amazing! On my current fast, I haven’t lost a single pound! So what’s going on with my weight? How is it possible I haven’t lost a single pound when all I’ve consumed is Ketoaide and 1 cup of Bulletproof Coffee? I’m athletic and rather muscular for a female and workout hard to help manage my multiple sclerosis. Can you explain what’s going on because I’m sure I’m not the only one dealing with this issue. 

Thanks for your time reading this!

Dawn

5. Does consuming a small amount of calories (300 daily) slow down fat metabolism while fasting?

I have a quick question for you guys: After I have 2 tablespoons of MCT oil, 2 cups of bone broth, and a tablespoon or two of heavy cream to my coffee during my fasting days, I am up to 300 calories.  Does this little bit of caloric intake slow down the burning of body fat for fuel?  Thanks for your help answering this question.

Angela

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Jan 20, 2017

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 are joined by Special Guest Patient Anne Brown to answer your questions about all things fasting in Episode 3.

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SPECIAL GUEST PATIENT: Anne Brown

Anne is a 63 year old woman in Dr. Fung & Megan's IDM Clinic in June 2016. Anne was taking 156 units of insulin a day. She decided to go on an 11 day fast. She stopped her insulin within the first three days of fasting. Her original A1c was so high it was rated as <15%.   Within 11 days of fasting her A1c dropped to 13.1%.

Anne continues to fast. Her fasts vary from 24 hours to three or four days at a time depending on her schedule. Her A1c is now at 9.9%. She has lost 10 kg and 10 cm around the largest part of her abdomen.

Here’s what Jimmy, Megan, and Anne talked about in Episode 3:

1. What can I do about watery stools? Why can’t I have sweeteners?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

Just got The Complete Guide To Fasting and it's GREAT. I have two questions I didn't find an answer to and wanted to get more information about.

1) I have watery stools while fasting...any thoughts about why or how to prevent?
2) You recommend no sweeteners…why would you not be able to use even stevia?

Thanks again for such a good book and your help with my questions.

Cheryl

2. Can I get the autophagic improvements through frequent 3-day fasts or should I do longer fasts for that?

Hello guys,

A question that I haven’t seen covered well is the frequency of fasts. My job is far too physical to accommodate a 7-day fast. Can I water fast three days on and three days off for a month? And if I am hoping to clear a chronic infection by this method via autophagy, can the autophagic effect be cumulative with on and off fasting as I mentioned or must I have the continuous longer fast of ten days or more to get real results?

I really appreciate your insight and experience and your desire to enlighten us!

Best wishes to you,

Gary

3. Can I continue my workouts while fasting? Should I take my regular supplements while fasting?

Jimmy and Megan,

I am currently eating one regular meal and a small meal a day.  I plan to drop that small meal soon and then graduate to 2 days, then 3 days, and then 4. But I still want to be able to workout. I currently do a moderate cardio workout in the morning and then after work I do strength training. I am 63 years old and own and ride a horse. So I need to keep the strength in my muscles for that as well as being able to perform my job.

I am pretty sure I am insulin resistant as most of my family has diabetes and my eating habits up until two years ago would almost guarantee this is more true than not. So I am now ready to take my journey to the next level and start healing the damage. One last question: Should I continue taking my supplements while fasting?

Thanks ever so much,

Diana

4. What’s the best way to break a fast and still remain in the fat-burning mode state of ketosis?

Hey Jimmy and Megan,

I've been on a ketogenic diet since August and have lost 40 pounds so far. I've done many intermittent fasts, a 2-day and 3-day fasts and am currently doing my first 7-day fast after reading The Complete Guide to Fasting. My question is I don't know how to break this longer fast and still stay in ketosis? I don't want to break the fast with fruit or juices obviously but I also recognize the need to ease back into food. Do you have any suggestions for me?

Many thanks,

Tracey

5. Can blood sugars go too low and blood ketones go too high while fasting?

Hi Jimmy and Megan,

I completed a 7-day fast and on day six my energy went down significantly with cotton mouth and some dizziness. I took my blood glucose and blood ketone levels and they came in at 3.2 mmol (58) and 5.9 mmol respectively. I was wondering if my blood sugar levels were too low?  I also wondered if the ketones were a bit on the high side? What is the lowest you have seen blood sugars go while fasting?

Thanks very much for your support and expertise,

Trisha

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Jan 13, 2017

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 are here with practical answers to your best questions on fasting in Episode 2. And if you missed our special Episode 0 or Episode 1 with Dr. Fung last week, get caught up now!

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Here’s what Jimmy and Megan talked about in Episode 2:

- HOT TOPIC to discuss: What Are The Primary Benefits Of Fasting?

1. Will intermittent fasting with less than 1,000 calories send my body into starvation mode? And will unsweetened coconut milk in my coffee technically break the fast?

I’ve been doing some intermittent fasting, mainly by skipping breakfast on weekdays, for the past couple of months. My concern, however, is that when I intermittent fast, and also eat no starches, I'm worried that this is similar to a crash diet, because I'm often eating maybe 800-900 calories a day because it's all vegetables and proteins. But eating these things make me full after dinner.

I'm 37 years old and and only 5'2" tall and I have maybe 20 pounds more I want to lose. I've spent years being told by experts warning me about not getting starvation mode. How do I know I'm not negatively affecting my metabolism by doing this fasting? By the way, when I do eat breakfast, I'm hungry all day, even when it's just a protein shake.

My second question after the metabolism concern is that although I skip breakfast, I do have a small cup of coffee with unsweetened coconut milk in it. Is this technically preventing me from getting the benefits of intermittent fasting or is that ok?

Thanks!

Tara

2. What’s the best strategy for breaking an extended fast to avoid problems?

Hey guys, I definitely appreciate all your work on The Complete Guide To Fasting. I have done intermittent fasting in the past but I'm concerned about coming off of my two to three day extended fast. Other than using a small snack before a meal coming off too fast, are there any other issues that I should be aware of? Thanks again for this awesome book and podcast.

James

3. What can I do about diarrhea when I attempt an extended fast? What’s causing this to happen?

I've been very interested in doing an extended fast, but at approximately the 72-hour mark I get frequent diarrhea. I'm looking for specific information that can help with my situation. This doesn't seem to be a topic many people want to discuss. Will this go away and get better at some point? Is there such a thing as too much water? Is there anything I can do to control it? Working in an office setting, this feels like a disaster waiting to happen and has always stopped me from progressing further in an extended fast. I want to know how other people handle it.

Jay

4. Why did my blood sugar levels skyrocket when I engaged in fasting for a few days?

Thank you for this new Fasting Talk podcast. I am an avid listener to The Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Show and Keto Talk, so this new show will be added to my regular podcasting playlist. I have been eating low-carb for about a year now and have really seen an improvement in my blood tests. I haven't really tracked blood glucose consistently during the year but it has always been below 100. 

Recently I tried a couple of extended fasts (60 and 96 hours) about three weeks apart.  My goal was to get deeper into ketosis as I have not been successful in maintaining ketosis with a carb level of 30 grams per day.  I know it is probably my protein intake keeping me out of ketosis where I am consuming around 150 grams per day. I thought the fasts would help me with this. But after each fast, I measured my blood ketones and blood glucose. Ketones never registered above 1.5 and my blood glucose was 155 to 170.  Have you ever seen this high blood glucose in folks after moderate length fasts like I’ve done? I have no history of diabetes and am a bit concerned about these numbers.

Thanks,

Dan

5. Can I do a 500-calorie bone broth fast and get all the benefits of fasting? How about adding a prebiotic in almond milk to my fast?

Hi guys! Thank you for taking time to help me out with my fasting question. In The Obesity Code, Dr. Fung discusses doing 24 hour fast has no food.  He said coffee with milk is okay. In the 24 hour fast in the book by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci called The Bone Broth Diet, she says 300 to 500 calories per day of bone broth is okay. Dr. David Perlmutter of Grain Brain fame endorsed the book, but he also recommends a water-only 24 hour fast in his books.

Is the 500 calorie bone broth diet correct? Would it interfere with ketosis, weight loss, and all the other health benefits that come from fasting? I’m also using a prebiotic in almond milk that totals about 80 calories. Should I skip this on fasting days?

Thank you so much for your help with my questions.

Maryann

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- Start tracking your health markers for FREE at HeadsUpHealth.com
- SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association at NutritionalTherapy.com
- Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb"
- Dr. Jason Fung from Intensive Dietary Management
- Megan Ramos from Intensive Dietary Management
- The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
- Get the full audiobook read by Jimmy on Audible
- Fung Shweigh Facebook page

Jan 6, 2017

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.

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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,

Karen

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.

Thanks,

Leah

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!

Mechelle

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- JIMMY AND DR. ADAM NALLY'S NEW SUPPLEMENT LINE: Try the KetoEssentials Multivitamin and Berberine Plus ketogenic-enhancing supplements
- Jimmy Moore from "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb"
- Dr. Jason Fung from Intensive Dietary Management
- Megan Ramos from Intensive Dietary Management
- The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
- Get the full audiobook read by Jimmy on Audible

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