High sugar on a blood test led me to investigate how I messed up my metabolism. Below are links to information that caused me to start intermittent fasting 2 or 3 non-consecutive days per week. My Ac1 dropped 5.5 points and I lost 20 pounds in 20 weeks. I plan to intermittently fast to reach my recommended weight per the BMI and then fast 1 or 2 days per week for maintenance. In reviewing the studies, it seems fasting helps significantly no matter your diet. There is a difference of opinion between low carbohydrate v. wholefood vegan diets. I have posted links to both schools of thought here.
Intermittent fasting quickly lowers insulin levels. Periods of low insulin force the body to burn stored sugar as fuel and, when that’s depleted, to burn fat. Insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas, helps the body use sugar for energy, but insulin resistance and prediabetes can occur when the body doesn’t use normal amounts of insulin properly. Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure.
Dr. Fung describes why medicines are problematic-they just allow more glucose into an already overloaded system
One astounding statement is that it didn't matter whether you ate a high fat or low fat diet, if people fast every other day cardiovascular risks dramatically lowered (at 41:15). New neurons form when fasting (at 46:25).
Remission is a practical goal. 86% of those who lost 15kg or more were diabetes free.
This is a vegan focused theory that fat can block cell use of sugar keeping it in the blood.
In my own subjective test, I have been able to run longer and faster on fast days.
Modified fasting regimens appear to promote weight loss and may improve metabolic health.
I like this site. It is a simple idea. Eat within a 5 hour window every day.
He gives the books away for free. Video here.
Fasting helps prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Calorie restriction does not.
The fast, not calorie restriction, triggers brain protection.
Why the common treatments for type 2 diabetes make things worse [42:30]
Fatty liver leads to fatty pancreas-fasting clears the fat and restarts functioning. [1:05]
Fructose, as in High Fructose Corn Syrup, fattens the Liver. [1:09]
Fat is a protective reaction to too much glucose and insulin. [1:14]
Insulin influences growth and may have cancer implications. [1:27]
Skipping breakfast is fine. [1:56]
If you don't feel well STOP. Don't be rigid in your thinking. There is always tomorrow. [2:22:40]
Fasting is good for healthy people. Drops insulin levels periodically and prevents diseases of hyperinsulinemia like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stoke, alzheimer's, and obesity. [2:32]
Fat in the diet keeps the gallbladder functioning helps avoid gallstones. [2:39]
FOR THE FIRST TIME WE CAN SEE THIS HAPPENING BY MEANS OF SCANNING TECHNOLOGY.
IT PROVES THE TWIN CYCLE HYPOTHESIS OF DIABETES.
Article here. Magnesium also helps glucose control
I like pique tea
A teaspoon added to a drink on fasting days helps balance electrolytes.
Thinking about food: Slow, seasonal, organic, and whole. Eat with others.
Low carb + Fasting: Good explanation.
The shock of fasting leads the brain to create new cells. As neurons are coaxed to grow, the brain becomes more resistant to the effects of protein plaques that underlie cases of Alzheimer’s, or the damage inflicted by Parkinson’s
Astounding video on how hard it is to overcome ingrained thinking. Insulin levels are key. "Those with cardiovascular disease not identified with diabetes are simply undiagnosed." High insulin levels damage the heart. Gestational diabetes around minute 49. Insulin assays can be had at Meridian Valley Lab.
Fasting triggers the adrenal gland which can cause sleeplessness. Exercise will help burn off that energy, avoid caffeine before bedtime.
Eating something may be harder than eating nothing but 500 keto calories will not stop your body from kicking into ketosis which triggers fat burning and cell apotheosis.
Yes. Blood sugar is used up while fasting.
Fasting every other day, or eating one meal a day, will cause weight loss. In my experience it is not as fast as you think but will average between 1/2 lb and 1 lb per week.
Exercise and fasting go together. Fasting increases maximal oxygen uptake
(VO2 Max). You can run faster and longer on days you don't eat unless you are doing a multi-day fast. Pay attention to your body though and stop if you are not feeling good.
Fasting reduces fat in muscles but does not reduce strength.
Drink plenty of water, tea or coffee. Exercise normally.
Drink electrolyte water, tea or coffee. Add a teaspoon of salt to one of your drinks. Exercise normally.
Drink electrolyte water, tea or coffee. Add a teaspoon of salt to one of your drinks. Take a multivitamin daily. Exercise as long as you feel good. Reintroduce food gently. Start with a couple days of green smoothies, fruits and vegetables.
Think about getting medical monitoring. Do all of the above. Be careful. Pay attention to your body. Exercise as long as you feel good. Reintroduce food gently. Start with green smoothies, fruits and vegetables. Spend half the days you were fasting building up to your normal food intake.
You may feel weak or faint especially around eating times and around food. Usually, it is your body adjusting and adapting. If you feel too bad, break your fast. You can always fast later.
Although, I am doing two or three 42-hour periods with no food (6pm stop on day 1, nothing on day 2, and a 12pm start on day 3) a simple plan that works is to pick two days out of the week to just eat one meal. The rest of the week eat in an 8-hour period every day. Once you hit your desired weight drop down to one day per week with one meal and on other days stick to an 8 hour period of time where you eat. The 16:8 plan.
A harder adjunct to the plan:
Once a month do a longer fast. 2-6 day fasts start autophagy where weak cells are used by the body for fuel peaking at 48 hours of a water fast. Eating protein or carbs stops it. After having done this a few times, I can say that it cleans up skin problems and the research shows it uses fat from internal organs.