Follow up.....Fasting Concepts:
1. Fasting mimicking diet or Fast:
When we fast we go into what is called a ketogenic state, meaning that we burn fat for fuel and use ketones for high output tissues like the brain and heart. In this state the body works VERY well and will mimic the response of a no-food fast as far as health benefits go. In this state your carb intake will be very low (future post or webinar) and you will shift from being a chronic sugar burner to a fat burner.
2. Intermittent Fasting (IF):
Pick a window of the day to eat. Start with 8 hours, like 12-8 or 11-7 and only eat in that window. Do this and you will extend your night time sleep fast to 16 hours. You can move to a 6 hour and even 4 hour window in time and get 18-20 hours in for your fast. This can be done daily and the fasting mechanisms will kick in and strengthen over time.
3. Broth Fasting:
No food, just drinking or sipping broth for 24 plus hours, and water of course. I find this type of fasting VERY easy and have done it many times for 5 days with no issues.
Organic, non-GMO sourced broths are preferable and home-made broths best. We use: Potassium (vegetarian) broth, bean broth, chicken, seafood, and bone (beef) broth....very powerful! Fasting benefits will kick in here as well as help rebuild your gut.
4. Full Fast:
no solid foods or caloric drinks. Lots of water, teas, some coffee if you must and herb or citrus infusions. This is the most powerful form of fasting we have seen.
Longest documented medically assisted fast was 382 days.....no medical issues, no hypoglycemia, no nutrient or vitamin deficiency....yes it can be done. The man in this study lost 275 lbs....so as long as you have some extra fat and the appropriate support, you will not starve or DIE!
5. Alternate Day Fasting (eating):
I like this one a lot. There really are 2 ways to do this: 1 is eat one day (feast day) and fast the second using options 2 or 3 above.
OR feast one day and eat a 400 calorie meal for lunch and 100 calorie snack when ever it suits you best.
You will benefit from the fast, and if you eat WELL then you will see some great healing and of course weight-loss. FYI- weight loss with variable energy programs like this reduce weight without setting hormonal and brain chemistry stage for rebound weight gain or the YO-YO effect AND has the best maintenance stats for keeping the weight off that I have ever seen or studied.
Combinations: Once you are familiar with these options you can mix and combine as you see fit. I like to combine alternate day fasting and IF to get two 42 hour fasts per week like this:
Monday: 6 hour eating window = 12 noon to 6pm
Tuesday: fast (coffee maybe...lots of water)
Wednesday: Back to 12-6 IF
Friday: eat 12-6
6. Pseudo Fast: Recently we have seen studies classify eating 500-800 calories as fasting. Like in the Gastric By-pass diets. Studies show that the benefit from the surgery or just doing the diet are THE SAME regarding health, diabetes and weight loss. Why risk the surgery? I would classify this as a Pseudo Fast.
Give them a try and let me know how it works for you.
Remember, there is always a flutter of weirdness that comes from the transitioning from burning sugar to fat...stick to it, it gets easier and easier through your fast and the next time you try.
We can do better!