Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.
Fasting is not about starving oneself.
When done right, it’s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of diet plan. In fact, Toronto-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung has used a variety of fasting protocols with more than 1,000 patients, with fantastic success.
Dr. Fung earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internal medicine residency before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his fellowship in nephrology. He currently practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto. He is the chief of the department of medicine at Scarborough General Hospital. In addition to clinical medicine, he is also on the board of directors of Low Carb Diabetes Association and the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance. During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity was getting worse.
The prevailing dietary recommendations to reduce dietary fat and calories were clearly ineffective. He founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity: rather than focusing on medications, this clinic focuses on dietary changes that are simple yet effective.
In The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, he has teamed up with international bestselling author and veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore to explain what fasting is really about, why it’s so important, and how to fast in a way that improves health. Together, they make fasting as a therapeutic approach both practical and easy to understand.
During our discussion, you'll discover:
-Why Jason and Ben have different takes on whether or not to eat breakfast…[8:25]
-The five different physiological stages of fasting…[16:45]
-Why growth hormone actually goes up, not down, when you fast, and how the body uses this mechanism to maintain muscle…[30:15]
-Why fasting doesn't actually decrease your metabolic rate or cause you to go into to starvation mode…[33:20]
-What kind of scenario would actually cause your metabolic rate to decrease with calorie restriction…[37:10]
-Why most of the Biggest Loser contestants actually regained their weight after the show…[44:35]
-The reason hunger gradually disappears during a fast…[49:55]
-The shocking things that happen to your body when you do an extended fast…[56:35]
-What refeeding syndrome is…[63:00]
-And much more…
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