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Metabolic Rate (How to avoid Starvation Mode)

Metabolic rate is how much energy (calories) your body uses in a day for normal function. This is the energy for your brain, heart, liver etc. and does not include exercise. We know that calorie restricted diets lower metabolic rate, and this limits weight loss, and is often called starvation mode. Dr. Jason Fung explains...

Quick Intermittent Fasting Tips (Advanced)

Four more quick intermittent fasting tips to help you lose weight. Dr. Jason Fung covers more tips for changing behaviors, rather than the more basic tips covered previously. First, find a group that will support you and your efforts to use intermittent fasting to quickly lose weight. Second, give your body time to adjust to...

Does Fasting Destroy Your Muscle?

Does intermittent fasting destroy muscle? Many people worry about this, but what does the science say? Celebrities like Terry Crews use intermittent fasting to not only lose weight but also build muscle. Learn why fasting does not burn muscle.

Fasting and Growth Hormone

Growth hormone decreases with age Growth hormone maintains lean mass including muscles and bones Injecting artificial growth hormone causes side effects like high blood sugars and enlarged hearts Fasting naturally boosts growth hormone Fasting increases autophagy (breakdown of protein) while stimulating growth resulting in rejuvenation of tissues By Jason Fung, M.D., Co-founder of The Fasting...

Fasting Physiology

The body uses two main fuel sources – glucose (a type of carbohydrate) and triglycerides (fat) Glucose can be stored in the liver as glycogen Fasting allows you to use stored energy in the body fat By Jason Fung, M.D., Co-founder of The Fasting Method Physiology . In order to learn about what happens in...

Fasting – The latest Fad Diet?

There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten – Marie Antoinette. Fasting is not a fad as it has been promoted for thousands of years Virtually every major religion espouses fasting Major historical figures including Hippocrates ‘The Father of Modern Medicine’ and Benjamin Franklin were great proponents of fasting The idea that fasting is...

Compensation – Exercise Part IV

Countries that exercise more don’t have less obesity Mild exercise on average leads to caloric excess Only vigorous exercise leads to caloric deficit Even fairly extreme exercise like marathons don’t make people consistently lose weight. By Jason Fung, M.D., Co-founder of The Fasting Method The Washington Post wonders, “Exercise does so much for you. Why...

Exercise in Futility – Women’s Health Initiative

Scientific studies repeatedly confirm that ‘Eat Less, Move More’ is an inefficient way to lose weight Increasing exercise did not lead to more weight loss over time School based interventions of ‘Eat Less, Move More’ also failed By Jason Fung, M.D., Co-founder of The Fasting Method The standard ‘Eat Less, Move More’ weight loss strategy...

Exercise is an Inefficient Method of Weight Loss

Most people today are about as active as in the past Most people compensate for vigorous exercise by being less active the rest of the day Increasing exercise has little effect on weight loss By Jason Fung, M.D., Co-founder of The Fasting Method Diet and exercise, common strategies for reducing calories for weight loss, are...