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Top 6 Intermittent Fasting Diet Hacks

Hacks are quick tricks to make a fasting diet easier, and I present my top 6 hacks as well as my #1 Rule for Fasting. Always be safe while fasting. There is always another day to fast, so if you are not feeling like it’s quite right, then you should stop fasting and get some...

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...

What Really Breaks A Fast? (Case Study)

What breaks a fast? Does tea, or coffee or cream or sugar break the fast? How about diet soda?  Dr. Jason Fung discusses what you can take during intermittent fasting and how this affects weight loss. These are called fasting variations, and can still be very effective for weight loss.

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...

Least Helpful Diet Advice

Dr. Jason Fung reviews the conventional but least helpful diet advice to lose weight. This advice is repeated over and over by doctors, dieticians and magazines but are not useful.

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...

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. 

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...