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How To Stay In Ketosis After Water Fast

My 6-day Water Fast

My 6-day Water Fast

My 6-Day Water Fast Quick answers to common questions: Why I did it and how it went. Why? My main New Years Resolution for 2016 was to change my behaviour to enable me to live a longer healthier life. I did a lot of research, which I’ll briefly summarise: Realistically for most people my age in the US or Western Europe, the biggest risks to our longevity are cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. So I did a lot of research on how to prevent these diseases — more than enough to fill several blog posts. I’ll put links to some useful stuff below. But the short answer is that, beyond genetic factors, if you don’t smoke, most of the benefits come from diet and exercise. I’ve always exercised regularly, but my diet was a problem. For me, the biggest surprise about my diet was that fat was not the problem. Refined carbohydrates and sugar pose the main health risk. Although public health guidelines still recommend a food pyramid full of starchy grains, and “low fat” is synonymous with “healthy” on food packaging, the latest research pretty strongly indicts sugar and refined carbs as the major risk factors for all of those diseases listed above, especially cancer and type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and age-related neurodegenerative disorders. I made dietary changes over the course of the whole year: I cut out sugar and most simple carbs (pasta, bread, potatoes, rice) for six days out of every week, and I started eating a lot of veggies (esp. spinach, carrots and broccoli). And I started eating a lot more healthy fats — nuts, avocado, olive oil. I lost about 10 lbs (4.5 kg) and generally started feeling a lot better: More energy, consistent mood, fewer aches and pains. (This is of course all very subjective!) I also st Continue reading >>

10 Day Water Fast

10 Day Water Fast

Have you experienced the health benefits of drinking more water? Such as more energy, clear focus, and better digestion? Well, I took it a step farther and just after Christmas this past year, I tried water fasting for 10 days – 10 DAYS! Was it because there was so much excellent food over the holidays that my body couldn’t digest all that was in it? No. Did I grow a large hump on my back (like a camel), that allowed me to feast off of its fat reserves? Nope. Was I hungry? Absolutely for the first 3 days, but then not so much. You see, several months prior, my wife and I decided to fast as a way of detoxifying our bodies and giving our digestive track a chance to rest and heal itself. We had never attempted such a feat before and heard mixed reviews about fasting, but we figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Why water fasting? A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with a gentleman from Europe who wasn’t too far from his 60th birthday. We talked about a variety of topics: finance, economics, health, nutrition… pretty much everything under the sun. His views were so wildly different than mine (obviously since he was from another country), but talking with him helped to broaden my own horizons on the various topics. One of them was water fasting. One afternoon he shared that twenty years ago, he was diagnosed with late stage prostate cancer. He was in excellent health, was an active biker and ate a mostly vegetarian diet. Yet he had cancer. His oncologist at the time had recommended various treatments, ranging from chemotherapy and radiation, to surgery, and even the removal of the prostate. My co-worker wasn’t sold on the recommendations of the oncologist, so he looked into alternative methods of treating and even possibly curing the cancer. One o Continue reading >>

How To Get Into Ketosis In Less Than 3 Days

How To Get Into Ketosis In Less Than 3 Days

Do you need to get into ketosis super fast? Don't think you can handle the deprivation and hunger of a water fast? The good news is that you don't have to. You can rev up your metabolism, escape hunger, and be on your way to fat burning in one or two days! All it takes is a ketogenic diet that is lower in carbs than standard keto. This will cut your cravings to the bone and switch you from a glucose burning metabolism to burning fat faster than anything else! Ketogenic diets work by reducing basal insulin levels, lowering blood triglycerides, and setting up conditions that will move you into the state of nutritional ketosis. Getting into ketosis is important because when the body produces ketones, your hunger level goes down, your energy goes up, and you experience a state of well-being. All of these benefits will make it easier for you to stick to your low-carb diet plan. On a typical keto diet, it takes 3 to 5 days to enter into the state of ketosis. But how quickly you do that depends on how many carbohydrates you were eating per day before you started restricting them. In addition, if you're looking for the urine testing strips to change colors right now, that only occurs once ketosis is well under way. Most low-carb diets start you off at 20 to 30 net carbs. Atkins 20 and the Reddit version of Keto begin at 20 net carbs, and the Protein Power Lifeplan begins at 30. These amounts are low enough to get the job done within a few days. If you're coming from a carb-heavy diet, it might take a little longer to switch metabolic pathways than if you're merely switching from a low-calorie plan to Atkins, Keto, or LCHF. However, there is a much quicker method that you can use right now instead of these standard Keto diets. The quick-start method I'm going to share with you i Continue reading >>

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

Keep Yourself In Ketosis

When talking about a Grain Brain lifestyle, and the very similar ketogenic diet, it’s frequently mentioned that we are aiming to keep our bodies in ketosis. However, if you’re new to my work, it may be that you’re not exactly sure what ketosis is, or why we should be worrying about getting our body into this state. Allow me to explain. Ketones are a special type of fat that can stimulate the pathways that enhance the growth of new neural networks in the brain. A ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats, and this diet has been a tool of researchers for years, used notably in a 2005 study on Parkinson’s patients finding an improvement in symptoms after just 28 days. The improvements were on par with those made possible via medication and brain surgery. Other research has shown the ketogenic diet to be remarkably effective in treating some forms of epilepsy, and even brain tumors. Ketones do more than just that though. They increase glutathione, a powerful, brain-protective antioxidant. Ketones facilitate the production of mitochondria, one of the most important actors in the coordinated production that is the human body. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our bodies are said to enter ketosis at the point when blood sugar levels are low and liver glycogen are no longer available to produce glucose as a fuel for cellular energy production. At this point, not only is the body doing the natural thing, and burning off fat, it’s also powering up the brain with a super efficient fuel. We can jump start ourselves into ketosis with a brief fast, allowing our body to quickly burn through the carbs that are in our system, and turn to fat for fuel. A ketogenic diet is one that derives around 80% or more of of its calories from fat, and the rest from carbs and prote Continue reading >>

Long Fasts: Dangerous Or Beneficial?

Long Fasts: Dangerous Or Beneficial?

Since this article touches on a subject that could potentially have negative health outcomes, it’s in order to reiterate the website’s health disclaimer: All material on this website is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. On the whole, Paleo is fasting-positive. Intermittent fasting is a powerful tool for improving health, jump-starting weight loss, or beating cravings, and there’s plenty of medical literature to back up its usefulness. But what about longer fasts (more than a day or two)? If intermittent fasting is good, will a longer fast be even better? Long-term fasting can take several different forms. The most extreme is a “dry fast,” consuming nothing at all (food or water). This is definitely not advisable, as it’s very dangerous to go for more than a day or so without drinking. Water fasting means drinking only water, but consuming no calories during the fast. Another technique is juice fasting, or consuming only fruit and vegetable juices. Some people also fast on broth, or extremely low-calorie protein mixes. Juice fasting and bone broth fasting aren’t truly fasts, since they do involve some intake of calories and nutrients. And protein fasts can be downright dangerous, since humans just weren’t built to live on protein with no accompanying fat. This article focuses on water fasting: the benefits, the drawbacks, and precautions to take if you do decide to start a longer fast. Long Fasts and Weight Loss The most obvious and best-researched benefits of longer fasts are for weight loss Continue reading >>

January Water Fast: What I Ate After Fasting And How Much Did I Gain?

January Water Fast: What I Ate After Fasting And How Much Did I Gain?

It’s been just about 50 hours since I ended my 12 day January Water Fast. (my fast ended on Saturday morning, right now it’s Monday morning) I’ve actually learned so much about my body and my eating habits in such a short period of time that it’s astonishing. First of all – I sincerely love food and even more so love to cook. My kitchen is my happy place and I’m totes happy to be cooking/eating again. However, Eating 3 meals on Saturday was just way too much food. When you complete a water fast the most important aspect to ensure you don’t regain the weight you lost, is to not return to the same eating style you had before your fast (if you weren’t eating healthily) Ray & I are eating low-carb/high-fat in order to maintain our ketogenic state (i.e. fat burning machine. While many people say that you need to end a water fast with soft foods, we took a less traveled path of eating real food. And it was a huge success. Between Ray & I we were on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to digestion — for some it moves a little fast and some it moves a little slow (at the request of my hubby I won’t get into specifics but I’m sure you get my drift) We didn’t feel sick or nauseated – only overfull since undoubtedly our stomaches shrunk in 12 day w/o eating – so any quantity of food would make us feel extra full. And we consciously realized that going forward we need to adjust the way we fill our plates, eating less quantity overall. A secret to keep your portions under control is to use smaller plates – the plates in all of these pictures aren’t full size they are large salad plates. Saturday – 25 g net carbs 9 am Breakfast: 2 Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Asparagus, Raw Butter & Sauerkraut – 3g net carbs 1 pm Lunch: cottage cheese, olive Continue reading >>

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

What Everybody Ought To Know About Ketosis

Recently I wanted to explore the world of Ketosis. I thought I knew a little bit about ketosis, but after doing some research I soon realised how wrong I was. 3 months later, after reading numerous books, listening to countless podcasts and experimenting with various diets I know have a sound understanding of ketosis. This resource is built as a reference guide for those looking to explore the fascinating world of ketosis. It is a resource that I wish I had 3 months ago. As you will soon see, a lot of the content below is not mine, instead I have linked to referenced to experts who have a greater understanding of this topic than I ever will. I hope this helps and if there is something that I have missed please leave a comment below so that I can update this. Also, as this is a rather long document, I have split it into various sections. You can click the headline below to be sent straight to the section that interests you. For those that are really time poor I have created a useful ketosis cheat sheet guide. This guide covers all the essential information you should know about ketosis. It can be downloaded HERE. Alternatively, if you're looking for a natural and sustainable way to improve health and lose weight head to this page - What is Ketosis? What Are The Benefits from being in Ketosis? Isn’t Ketosis Dangerous? Ketoacidosis vs Ketosis What Is The Difference Between a Low Carb Diet and a Ketogenic Diet? Types of Ketosis: The Difference Between Nutritional, Therapeutic & MCT Ketogenic Diets Is The Ketogenic Diet Safe? Long Term Effects Thyroid and Ketosis - What You May Want To Know What is a Typical Diet/Macro Breakdown for a Ketogenic Diet? Do I Need to Eat Carbs? What do I Eat On a Ketogenic Diet? What Do I Avoid Eating on a Ketogenic Diet? Protein Consumption a Continue reading >>

How Much To Eat When Breaking A Fast

How Much To Eat When Breaking A Fast

So, you started doing intermittent fasting but halfway through you realize you haven’t looked into how to break a fast safely. Don’t worry, this article will tell you the safest and healthiest way of breaking a fast. There are many reasons why people do intermittent fasting – for general health, increased longevity, better fat loss, boosting muscle growth and improving cognition. But no matter what the reason for you is – you still want to follow a few guidelines when breaking your fast. Here’s why: While fasting, your metabolism is in a distinct state in which you undergo many hormonal and physiological adaptations, such as increased growth hormone, elevated luteinizing hormone, which promotes testosterone and you also trigger autophagy – the cells’ self-digestive mechanism. While fasting you’re also in a state of ketosis, which makes your liver convert fatty acids into ketones and energy. Most importantly, your intestines and gut have adapted to the abstinence of food, thus preserving digestive processes. So, to not put too much stress on your gut or to not cause excess inflammation, you can’t just start eating whatever. Research has also shown that consuming high amounts of carbohydrates may cause an abrupt weight gain. The reason for that is sodium retention. While fasting you excrete a lot of water and refeeding on carbs causes antidiuresis of potassium and sodium. You’ll get bloated but you may also have an energy crash of insulin. Therefore, you want to ease into eating the right foods at the right time when breaking your fast. It also depends on how long you’ve been fasting for. If you’re coming off a 5 day fast, then you need to be more patient than you would when just doing daily intermittent fasting with 16 hours fasted. Let’s start Continue reading >>

Intermittent Fasting On A Keto Diet

Intermittent Fasting On A Keto Diet

Intermittent Fasting, or “IF”, is a relatively new craze that is used as a supplement to your diet. It revolves around the timing of your food intake, and can have some benefits in the long run. There are quite a few people misinformed on fasting, so we’ll clear that up and explain how intermittent fasting can be useful. On your ketogenic journey, it’s important to know that your success is not only dictated by eating enough fat and protein and restricting carbs. When you eat, how often you eat, and how much you eat have a substantial impact on your health and function as well. If your results have plateaued or you are thinking of starting a ketogenic diet, this article will provide you with a way to lose more fat and improve energy levels called intermittent fasting. If you need to learn how to calculate your macros, visit our Keto Calculator. Fasting isn’t required to lose weight on a ketogenic diet. If it doesn’t work for you, then do not force yourself to fast. Restricting yourself unrealistically is pointless – it’s not worth it if it makes you unhappy. There are 2 basic terms we need to understand here first: feeding and fasting. Your body is in a feeding state when you are eating your food, and you are in a fasting state when you are between your meals. The Approach Skipped meals. This is when you skip over a meal to induce extra time of fasting. Usually people choose breakfast, but others prefer to skip lunch. Eating windows. Usually this condenses your entire macronutrient intake between a 4 and 7 hour window. The rest of the time you are in a fasting state. 24-48 hour cleanse. This is where you go into extended fasting periods, and do not eat for 1-2 days. I don’t recommend that you go straight for a 1-2 day fast, but begin by restricting you Continue reading >>

The Effects Of Fasting Ketosis

The Effects Of Fasting Ketosis

Understanding ketosis and muscle loss during fasting. The process of ketosis is one of the physiological effects of fasting in which the brain (and some other bodily processes) uses ketones produced from fatty tissues as a fuel instead of the usual glucose. This is called "muscle sparing". When glucose isn't readily available via the diet (in the form of carbohydrates) and the glycogen stores in the liver become depleted, the body could break down muscle to get it. But ketosis is an adaptation that will spare muscle during times of shortage by instead breaking down fat stores and manufacturing ketones for brain fuel. It is said this state is attained at approximately 48 hours of a water fast for women and closer to 72 hours for men. The effects of fasting ketosis have become a more popular and controversial subject in recent years due to low-carb, high-protein dieters relying on it long-term to "burn the fat". Where ketosis was once considered a "crisis response" of the body and fine only for short durations, there are some doctors who now contend ketones are an acceptable alternative fuel, produced and used by the body any time glucose is scarce, which can happen even in non-fasting, non-dieting individuals, such as during intense exercise or during sleep. They are considering it a natural metabolic process where ketone production and use fluctuates constantly in response to the body's needs. What is so controversial about the low-carbers use of ketosis is the long term, artificially produced, use of it. Over long periods of time, their high-protein diet produces excess protein by-products that become a strain on the kidneys to eliminate. Ketosis also creates a mild acidosis of the blood, which, over a long period of time is considered detrimental to our health. One ef Continue reading >>

5 Day Water Fast Results (self Experiment)

5 Day Water Fast Results (self Experiment)

I’m not a fan of cancer. The only people I’ve lost in memory – my grandfather and other close family – it was cancer that took them. NOT putting an end to the fun of life because of cancer has been a part of my plan since my early 20s. So after my discussion with Dr. Thomas Seyfried in episode 16 I was looking forward to put his 5 day water fast “cancer insurance policy” to work. As I read into the details to start planning my prolonged fast what I found convinced me even more this was something I had to do soon. Maybe what I discovered would inspire you to try a 5 day fast soon too? Fasting for Reasons Beyond Cancer Since getting bitten by a tick in Phuket, Thailand a few years ago I’ve been fighting some chronic health issues. I discovered that it’s probable that these are at least in some part due to lyme disease and babesiosis infections I only got documented earlier this year (and thus had never been treated for). It bears mentioning, since there’s a fair amount of non-rigorous and dubious material on the internet on the subject of lyme disease in particular, that this was documented via the IgM/ IgG labs, and met CDC criteria. What does this have to do with fasting? It comes down to this: Having a stronger immune system gives you a better chance of eliminating lyme. Since in cases like mine where it was not treated in the early stages it seems to be relatively tricky and long-winded to get rid of. I’ve made it a rule to collect and put into practice anything that improves the odds of a quicker recovery. And… fasting is a potential new tool to speed up recovery. Valter Longo, Director of the USC Longevity Institute, has published a large number of studies on fasting and caloric restriction and their application to treat disease and enhance agi Continue reading >>

Fasting Physiology – Part Ii

Fasting Physiology – Part Ii

There are many misconceptions about fasting. It is useful to review the physiology of what happens to our body when we eat nothing. Physiology Glucose and fat are the body’s main sources of energy. If glucose is not available, then the body will adjust by using fat, without any detrimental health effects. This is simply a natural part of life. Periods of low food availability have always been a part of human history. Mechanisms have evolved to adapt to this fact of Paleolithic life. The transition from the fed state to the fasted state occurs in several stages. Feeding – During meals, insulin levels are raised. This allows uptake of glucose into tissues such as the muscle or brain to be used directly for energy. Excess glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver. The post-absorptive phase – 6-24 hours after beginning fasting. Insulin levels start to fall. Breakdown of glycogen releases glucose for energy. Glycogen stores last for roughly 24 hours. Gluconeogenesis – 24 hours to 2 days – The liver manufactures new glucose from amino acids in a process called “gluconeogenesis”. Literally, this is translated as “making new glucose”. In non-diabetic persons, glucose levels fall but stay within the normal range. Ketosis – 2-3 days after beginning fasting – The low levels of insulin reached during fasting stimulate lipolysis, the breakdown of fat for energy. The storage form of fat, known as triglycerides, is broken into the glycerol backbone and three fatty acid chains. Glycerol is used for gluconeogenesis. Fatty acids may be used for directly for energy by many tissues in the body, but not the brain. Ketone bodies, capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, are produced from fatty acids for use by the brain. After four days of fasting, approximately 75 Continue reading >>

Guide To A 10 Day Water Fast & My Fast Experience

Guide To A 10 Day Water Fast & My Fast Experience

You can read about my previous 5 day water fast experience here. Only drinking water with no food at all for 10 days sounds crazy at first thought. I thought the same. However, upon further research and experimentation, I found that it is incredibly beneficial both physically and mentally. Let’s get a few common questions out of the way to start. What is a water fast? A water fast is where you don’t eat and only drink water for a set period of time. Most humans can survive 40+ days without food, and virtually everyone can go two weeks without food with no problems. Why do a waster fast? Water fasting has many great health benefits (see ‘Benefits’ below). In short, it improves the respiration of your cells which makes them function more effectively, it greatly strengthens your immune system, removes toxins from you body (detox), starves potential cancerous cells, shown to increase longevity and helps repair chronic injuries as well as gut issues. There are few downsides other than the discomfort you have at first and the short time spent not enjoying food. An extended fast can greatly improve the quality of your life and improve how your body functions, as well as change your outlook on food in general. Will I lose muscle? A little bit, depending on how you fast. Most muscle loss happens within the first 3-4 days of the water fast. Once in ketosis (where your body produces ketones for energy rather than glucose (blood sugar)), your body goes into protein sparing mode and you lose very minimal muscle. How much weight will I lose? While I wouldn’t recommend fasting to lose weight, you will lose a fair bit. During my 5 day fast, I lost 5kg (11 lbs) in 5 days. During my 10 day fast, I lost nearly 6kg (13.2 lbs), most in the first 5 days. The vast majority is water Continue reading >>

Weightloss Update: Ketogenic Diet Vs Waterfasting

Weightloss Update: Ketogenic Diet Vs Waterfasting

I quit the Ketogenic Diet after Day 30. It’s just not a sustainable lifestyle for me and some of those recipes like cabbage moi-moi and other adapted recipes are not nice. I quit and ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted all through last week. And I had a lot of muffins from Ice-cream Factory, Lagos. (I can’t for them to open a store in Abuja.) Their muffins are best! I was afraid of my scale however, I gained just 1kg back which I have already lost on my 2nd day of this Water fast. Ketogenic Lifestyle is great (I lost 4.9kg (11lbs) after 30 days) but it takes too long for too little results in my experience. Worse, I can’t not eat any carbs for the rest of my life, so it’s not a “sustainable lifestyle” for me. Water fasting or the Master Cleanse Diet give me better results in shorter time. And the added benefits of full body cleansing is priceless. My skin starts to glow, acne and old scares disappear. The benefits are numerous really. The idea behind Ketogenic Diet, Water fasting and the Master Cleanse Diet is to stay in “nutritional ketosis”, burning fat and running on ketones The Ketogenic Diet achieves that, however it is so much slower, primarily because you are still consuming calories from foods even though they aren’t carbs. Your digestive system is still working. On the Water fast or Master Cleanse you consume almost zero calories. Your digestive system shuts down completely and your body begins the process of cleansing. In addition, the weight loss results are visible much faster. I’ve tried all 3 diets for a reasonable amount of time but this is just my opinion. The Water fast is harder to get into because most people are scared they will die of the skip food for a day. But after day 4, it feels the same as the ketgenic diet. Your body Continue reading >>

My Four Day Fasting Results

My Four Day Fasting Results

The results are in! Here are the results of my ketosis experiment. This post will detail my four-day fast ketosis kickoff period. So… if you think I’m going nuts and wondering why the hell I would fast, well, one, I can assure you I’m not and two, I suggest you read my highly informational article on why I am choosing to fast. Truth-be-told, I’ve tracked body composition, lab work, ketone levels and other important data, so I could become more knowledgeable about them. Some of the questions I had were: Does fasting lead to massive lean tissue losses? Does it destroy your metabolism? Is it unbearable? Does it sap your energy? The good news is that all of these pressing questions and much more are answered in this life-changing article. Okay…caught you! I bet you didn’t read the linked article about fasting, did you? Well, it’s okay; I’ll touch on it really quick. Well, this fast is NOT a water-fast. Honestly, I can name a few reasons, why you should not commit to a water-fast, but I won’t get into them right now. But, what I will get into is the types of fasts that I am practicing regularly and why. So, my fast is similar to what Valter Longo, a renowned researcher, deems to be the “better” than water-fasts in so many ways. According to Longo, the preferential diet is the “fasting-mimicking diet.” In fact, much of his research heavily focuses on reaping all of the benefits (and sometimes more) of a water-fast, while minimizing many of the “negatives” commonly associated with these types of fasts. Even more exciting is that a lot of Longo’s, official “fasting-mimicking diet” involves fat, as a macronutrient, with only about 40% of the total calories of other “diets.” This type of diet is amazing because it resembles the Mediterranea Continue reading >>

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