Newsletter – January 31, 2020

By Jason Fung, MD

“Truly astounding.”

Dr. Fung talks fasting with Naomi Whittel

“In an age and country where food is so accessible to us, and three meals a day (sometimes more!) is the norm for many of us, the idea of going without food for prolonged periods of time is something that some people can’t even think about, let alone attempt,” observed entrepreneur and wellness warrior Naomi Whittel this week. “Yet the health benefits are truly astounding.”

Dr. Jason Fung and Whittel considered the ‘Miracle of Fasting’ in a video this week. Be sure to check it out!

Watch it here

Fast Your Way to Better Health!

Dr. Fung on Breakfast Television

Dr. Fung visited Breakfast Television in Toronto last week to introduce them to the lifestyle of intermittent fasting! (Though they may have to reconsider the name of the show if enough of their viewers get the message…)

Watch it here

My Five Pillars

Coach Nadia Brito Pateguana reveals what she considers to be the keys to successful fasting

If you’ve ever been on a call with me, as a coaching client or in one of my groups, you’ve certainly heard me talk incessantly about “The Five Pillars,” or what I consider to be MY five pillars. I’ve also written about these in an article titled The Five Major Factors for lowering insulin. Fortunately, the people that I’ve shared these “Five Pillars” with and have successfully been able to implement these appropriately into their lifestyles, have done very well, and I hope you do, too!

First of all, let me define what I mean by “Pillars.” As I mentioned above, I’ve written an article on this topic before, where I referred to these same five “pillars” as “major factors” to lowering insulin. And that’s exactly what I mean. Not to say that there aren’t other “important” factors to lowering insulin and to helping you on your journey, there are, but these, in my view, are the FOUNDATION of our program and the KEY to your success.

So, without further ado, let’s get to them. Here are “My Five Pillars”:

  • How often you eat (part 1 of “how you eat”)
  • What time you eat (part 2 of “how you eat”)
  • Diet (“what you eat”)
  • Stress
  • Sleep

How to follow these, practically? Each of these pillars can be individualized to your own goals.

1. How often you eat (part 1 of “how you eat”)

TRE: Time restricted eating. Give TRE the importance and focus it truly deserves. (I’ll write more on this later.) Full meals, no snacks. Bring each and every single thing that raises insulin into your short eating windows, and keep your in-between windows clean! This should be the case regardless of how long your fasts are.

2. What time you eat (part 2 of “how you eat”)

Dr. Fung calls this “The Critical Importance of Meal Timing,” also known as eTRE (early time restricted eating), here’s some info.

3. Diet (“what you eat”)

A real food, lower carb diet is encouraged. The Obesity Code Cookbook just came out in December 2019, and it’s a great resource.

4. Stress

I’m not implying that you’ll ever get rid of stress, but rather that figuring out stress-management skills, including cortisol-lowering techniques, is a pillar. The Fasting Method, as you may know, offers a whole lot of support groups. Many of these groups now focus on behavioral changes, mindset and paradigm shifting, as well as the emotional and mental aspect of dieting and fasting.

5. Sleep

Sleep Hygiene is another big one. A lot of people struggle with not getting enough sleep, yet many have disregarded or are not aware of how much this impacts their metabolic and overall health. Here’s a good read on why you must address this pillar of health.

Low Carb New York: TFM will be in NYC in July

The Fasting Method team will be at Low Carb New York 2020 from July 16 to 19.

This groundbreaking conference will feature keynotes and presentations on topics relating to low carb, keto, and fasting from some of the field’s leading experts and medical professionals. Speakers include Tro Kalayjian, Brian Lenzkes, Megan Ramos, Nadia Pateguana, Ted Naiman, Ben Bickman, Nina Teicholz, Nadir Ali, David Unwin, Jen Unwin, and Christian Assad (plus more).

The conference will be held at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center, located in Palisades, NY. The nearby river towns of Piermont-on-the-Hudson and Nyack offer five-star restaurants, art galleries, shopping, antiquing and more. If it’s the big city you seek, the excitement of Manhattan is only 20 minutes away.

This event is organized by Dr. Tro Kalayjian in partnership with The Fasting Method (TFM) and LowCarbUSA.

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Great insights

A new look at fasting from the perspective of coach and client
The Fasting Lane’s Eve Meyer started the year with a three-day fast coached by Megan Ramos. But before she ate that last morsel going into her new year’s fasting, Eve took to Facebook Live to talk about her change in attitude about fasting and to answer questions from folks. See all the videos of her coaching sessions and see last year’s 10 day fast.

But be sure to look out for the new book – Life in the Fasting Lane: How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyleand Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health by Jason Fung, Eve Mayer and Megan Ramos. It should hit shelves (both virtual and actual) on April 7.

In Life in the Fasting Lane, the three authors walk readers through the basics of a fasting lifestyle—from the science behind fasting as a health and weight loss strategy to the real-life choices and dilemmas people commonly encounter. While Dr. Fung and Ramos explain the fundamentals of fasting and offer a customizable approach, Mayer shares her in-the-trenches perspective and hard-won knowledge as a success story who turned her life around with fasting.

Pre-order your copy!



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Jason Fung, MD

By Jason Fung, MD

Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.

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