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Megan’s Ketogenic Challenge – September Update

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile everyone.  Things have been very busy - both good and bad.  Today I will share my September update with you all. Recap Back in August I decided to commit myself fully to a ketogenic lifestyle after always using every celebration or meal out with friends as an excuse to...

Fasting and Exercise – Fasting 23

Is it possible to exercise while fasting? This is a common question we hear all the time. People think that food gives them energy and therefore it will be difficult to fast and exercise at the same time. Some people with physically demanding jobs feel that they could not fast and work properly. What's the...

Fasting and Hunger – Fasting 17

Does fasting increase your hunger to unimaginable and uncontrollable dimensions? This is often how fasting is portrayed, but is it really true? From a purely practical standpoint, it is not. From my personal experience with hundreds of patients, one of the most consistent, yet surprising things reported is the reduction, not an augmentation of hunger. They...

Fasting Lowers Cholesterol – Fasting 16

How can you lower cholesterol without resorting to medications? High cholesterol is considered a treatable risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes. There are many nuances to cholesterol which I do not want to get into, but traditionally, the main division has been between Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or 'bad' cholesterol,...

The Fasting ‘Advantage’ – Part 14

What is the advantage of using a strategy based on intermittent fasting versus simple dietary changes alone - such as the LowCarb HighFat diets that we prefer? There are several good ones. Reason #1 - Simplicity Simplicity. When I started out my clinic, I tried to persuade people to adopt the LCHF diet. I was...

More Practical Fasting Tips – part 13

A continuation of practical fasting tips. See Practical Fasting Tips. Will fasting make me tired? In our experience at the Intensive Dietary Management Clinic, the opposite is true. Many people find that they have more energy during a fast—probably due to increased adrenalin. Basal metabolism does not fall during fasting but rises instead. You’ll find...

Feasts and Fasts – The Cycle of Life – Fasting part 11

Feasts are an important part of life. This is a vitally important fact to acknowledge. That is, every single important celebration is marked by feasting. Eating is a celebration of life. Any diet that does not acknowledge this fact is doomed to failure. We eat cake on our birthday. We eat holiday feasts like Thanksgiving....

Ralph – Reader Profile – Diabetes reversal

I recently received an email from a reader, Ralph who was kind enough to share with me his story of diabetes reversal. He demonstrates that Type 2 Diabetes is not, in fact, a chronic and progressive disease, but instead, a fully reversible one. However, medications cannot reverse this disease - only dietary interventions. He writes:...

Caloric Reduction vs Fasting – Part 9

Some would argue that the beneficial effect of fasting is due to the caloric reduction. But why is there such a striking difference between reducing calories and fasting? Caloric Reduction as Primary (CRaP) has been tried innumerable times, and failed virtually every single time. Yet fasting is often effective where simple caloric reduction is not....

Longer Fasting Regimens – Part 7

There are several longer duration fasting regimens that are available. I arbitrarily divide it at 24 hours but there is no physiologic reason to do so, other than for classification purposes. There is no magic dividing line. We covered fasting regimens using periods less than 24 hours in our last post. This post will cover...

Fasting Regimens – Part 6

There are many different fasting regimens. Let’s be very clear to start, though. There is simply no ‘best’ one. They all work to different degrees for different people. Just as some people prefer steak to chicken, there is no right or wrong answer. One regimen will work for one person but be utterly ineffective in...