What if I told you that a new drug company has patented and gained FDA approval for a drug that could slow aging, reverse diabetes and obesity, enhance mental functions, increase longevity…and costs nothing with no side effects.
Intermittent Fasting can do all this!
For many years I told folks to eat three meals a day with two snacks. We were trained, in my field, to do this so blood sugar would remain stable throughout the day and we would burn more calories. Like many things that “consensus science” has promoted over the years (cholesterol causes heart disease being one) we are now learning that we were wrong!
Intermittent fasting is different from dieting. It is more of a lifestyle shift that involves changing your eating patterns. You take your meals within a particular period of time within the day. Then fast for a particular amount of time. Throughout most of the 2 million years of human history, inadvertent fasting was the norm. Food was not readily available until farming of wheat (around 8000 BC) and the canning and drying of food. Still, humans are not built to be eating often. We are built for intermittent fasting.
I can’t tell you how many people have told me that Intermittent Fasting alone has helped them take off 20+++ pounds in one year and they have kept it off because they continue to have this as a lifestyle. When they do eat, they are eating a lower carbohydrate diet rich in fresh, organic colorful fruits and vegetables, clean protein sources and limited alcohol.
A number of studies on the effects of fasting on health have been going on for decades, but only in recent years have serious positive results been forthcoming. Intermittent fasting is now associated with benefits like weight loss, reduced insulin resistance and reduced risk of chronic diseases and health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
Valter D. Longo is an Italian-American biogerontologist and cell biologist known for his studies on the role of fasting. He has written the book “The Longevity Diet” and has created the “Fasting Mimicking Diet” program. He sought to replicate the benefits of fasting while still providing the body with nutrients. I listened to a podcast interview with him last week and the results were astounding!
The Fasting Mimicking Diet in research was 500 calories per day for five days done twice a year. Just that small amount of food restriction saw tremendous results in lowered inflammation, lowered blood sugars, lowered cholesterol and more. The premise behind what is going on in the body is the activation of the “autophagy system.”
I’ve written about this before, Autophagy won a Nobel prize in 2016 for the discovery that the body has a “system” that goes to work inter-cellularly when we don’t eat. This system sends in garbage men and recyclers to clean up the cell debris that is created by metabolism. Think of your engine in your car, it creates energy to move the car but it also creates exhaust, so do your cells. Autophagy also allows the body to eliminate old and diseased cells, leading to more protection from disease. Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help prevent many chronic diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease.
How To Start Intermittent Fasting
If you seek to fast intermittently, the natural approach is to extend the natural fasting time by adding a number of hours to your fasting period before nightfall and in the morning after waking up. For instance, if you can eat your dinner at 6.00 p.m. and delay your first meal of the next day to 10:00 a.m., you will end up fasting for a total of 16 hours in a day. You can then eat all your meals within the 8-hour window between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This is called 16:8, meaning you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8.
How often should you do it? You can do it every day if you like or 2-3 times a week. I usually do it 2-3 times a week then throw in a 24 hour fast once a month.
What about coffee in the morning? This is the number 1 question I get! Yes, you can have coffee or tea but with no sugar, as this will stop autophagy. You CAN have fat in your coffee, so organic cream or one of the new Keto coffee creamers will work. You can also take medication and supplements without food and it will not interrupt autophagy.
Intermittent fasting can lower insulin load and dramatically improve health. By increasing metabolism and decreasing blood glucose levels, it gives the body more time to detoxify, which always improves health. Your cells spend less time metabolizing waste created by a constant influx of food by-products and therefore it aids in creating healthier cells.
So go on and give it a try and let me know what you think!
P.S. If you are a diabetic be cautious when starting intermittent fasting by watching your glucose numbers. You may find you will have to lower your medication, so let your doctor know you’re giving this a try.