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Top 3 Intermittent Fasting Tips

Dr. Jason Fung gives his top three intermittent fasting tips based on his clinical experience with real patients. Fasting is simple, but not always easy, and these fasting tips may help you stick with it to lose weight. 

Is Intermittent Fasting Just A Fad Diet?

Dr. Jason Fung discusses whether intermittent fasting is simply the latest, passing fad diet. In fact, fasting has been used throughout human history and is literally the oldest dietary intervention known. 

Intermittent Fasting vs Cutting Calories

Why intermittent fasting is much more effective for weight loss than simple calorie restriction. Fasting allows insulin to fall which allows the body to use its stores of body fat for energy, where simple cutting of calories may or may not do so.

Top 5 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Discover the biggest benefits of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is gaining support from the mainstream medical community Fasting simplifies our life and reduces stress Fasting can also help keep cash in your wallet Intermittent fasting is flexible and can be done anywhere You can incorporate fasting with any diet By Jason Fung, M.D., Co-founder of...

What? Fasting is NOT crazy, batsh@* stupid?

Megan Ramos and I started using intermittent fasting in the Intensive Dietary Management program sometime around 2013. At the time, the entire notion of fasting smelled faintly of quackery. The prevailing wisdom was that skipping meals was an entirely suicidal idea, from a weight standpoint. After all, everybody 'knew' that skipping meals would make you so...

Longevity – mTOR/Autophagy 3

Aging has always been considered an inevitable process. But the discovery that the aging process itself could be 'hacked' has led to the concept of 'health span' as opposed to merely 'lifespan'. A long life is not necessarily marred by disability and death and specific dietary interventions in particular may promote healthy long life. However,...

The #1 rule of fasting

As we start the new year, many people are looking to lose weight. Fasting, the voluntary abstention from eating is an ancient weight loss method with a long track record of success. However, many people forget the cardinal rule of fasting, or indeed, of any kind of dietary change - always make sure you are...

Food Cravings

Food cravings are defined as frequent intense urges to eat specific types of food. There are people who deny their existence, but in truth, we've all felt them, some more than others. For example, some people have intense food cravings for sugar (probably the most common). However, salty foods, chocolate, junk food (pizza) are also...

Fasting and Ghrelin – Fasting 29

Ghrelin is the so-called hunger hormone. It was purified from rat stomach in 1999 and subsequently cloned. It binds to growth hormone (GH) secretagogue receptor, which strongly stimulates GH. So, for all you people who thought that eating makes you gain lean tissue, it is actually the opposite. Nothing turns off GH like food. Of...

Why you’re always hungry – Fasting 28

How do you reign in hunger? We all think that eating more will prevent hunger, but is this really true? This is what is behind the advice to eat 6 or 7 times a day. If you can prevent hunger, then you may be able to make better food choices, or eat less. On the surface,...