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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 >>

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 >>

Water Fasting Ketosis Is Where The Fat Burn Heaven Begins

Water Fasting Ketosis Is Where The Fat Burn Heaven Begins

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about water fasting ketosis. I'll explain how water fasting can help you reach your absolute highest possible fat burn rates, which is easily the single biggest benefit of ketosis. You'll also see the science on how long it actually takes before you can enter ketosis during a water fast. You'll also learn about one of the most dangerous problems of water fasting ketosis. I'll also tell you why it is a very good idea to avoid one of the most common mistakes people make once they already reach ketosis during a water fast. Now that you know what you're getting yourself into, here's a quick overview of everything that's covered in this guide: The single biggest benefit of water fasting ketosis Simply put, ketosis is a state where you get to enjoy your absolutely highest possible fat burn rates. If you're on your regular diet, your body can draw energy from a couple of different sources (so not just from your body fat reserves). Those other, non-fat energy sources are the main reason why your fat burn rates stay on the low end, even if you start eating less food. But during a water fast, because you're eating no food at all, those other energy sources in your body will be completely wiped out after a while. Once that happens, your body will enter full ketosis, and in that state of full ketosis, your body will have no choice but to rely almost exclusively on your body fat reserves. With no other energy sources available, ketosis will trigger some pretty amazing fat burn rates in your body. Water fasting is one of the fastest ways to reach that state of super high fat burn. And a lot of people do a water fast just for this reason. There's only one problem with reaching ketosis through water fasting. PRO TIP: A different 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 >>

Dr. Group’s Ketogenic Fast For Rapid Weight Loss

Dr. Group’s Ketogenic Fast For Rapid Weight Loss

Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to support your overall health. Excess body fat increases your susceptibility to serious conditions like type II diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, sleep apnea, fatty liver, cancer, and joint problems.[1] Many fat-loss fads, diets, and pills come and go, and very few yield lasting results. Adopting a ketogenic diet is one strategy for losing fat that’s tried, tested, and proven effective. Knowing this, I began my research into improving the typical ketogenic diet. People who are familiar with my work know that I’m always trying new cleanses, detox programs, and diet plans in my ongoing quest to discover new ways to improve my health. I kept coming across the many benefits of fasting, and I thought, “Why not combine principles of fasting with the best elements of a ketogenic diet and enjoy the best of both?” What Is a Ketogenic Diet? A ketogenic diet is a diet that provides fat and protein, but few or no carbohydrates. The body prefers glucose and glycogen, both derived from carbohydrates, as its primary source of fuel and it generally operates in a sugar-burning state known as glycolysis. Depriving the body of carbohydrates, however, forces it to use stored fat for energy. This special fat-burning mode, known as ketosis, quickly burns through fat reserves. It takes about 24-36 hours to completely burn through the glycogen stored in the muscles and liver. The catch? The body tells the brain to refuel on carbohydrates when blood sugar dips. In other words, your appetite kicks in and you feel hungry. This physiological response makes it a challenge for many people to adhere to a ketogenic diet long enough to enter ketosis. What Is Fasting? Fasting means avoiding food for longer stretches o Continue reading >>

The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The only hard and fast rule of health is that health is personal and what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Aside from that rule, there are “frameworks” that seem to benefit large groups of people. One more level down from that are alternative strategies that benefit smaller groups. Ketosis is likely one of those alternative strategies that works well for certain, smaller groups of people. So, right off the bat I want you to understand that Ketosis might not be for everyone. I’m going to lay out the case for potential benefits of Ketosis. If it sounds interesting and beneficial to you, then consider trying it. (see our free cheat sheet to help you). What is Ketosis Ketosis occurs when liver glycogen gets depleted and the body burns fatty acids for fuel. The primary driver of this state is a very low carbohydrate intake. Often, it also requires a low protein, higher fat intake. You can also achieve a state of ketosis by not eating altogether. The creation of ketones is a byproduct of this metabolic state. Ketones are a source of fuel, just as glucose is a source of fuel. Ketones tend to have some added benefits, though. What role does Ketosis play in human health? Ketosis allows our bodies to function in the absence of carbohydrates, both physically and mentally. Instead of burning carbohydrates, or converting protein to glucose, the body burns ketones. This is pretty much a survival mechanism. It allows your body to function in a state of caloric deprivation. This is why ketosis often gets bad press (as it’s linked to “starvation”). Being a survival mechanism doesn’t make it invalid as a strategy, though. There can still be potential benefits to be had. Let’s cover a few of them… Ketosis and Accelerated Fat Loss Being in ketosis Continue reading >>

7 Tips To Get Into Ketosis

7 Tips To Get Into Ketosis

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process that provides several health benefits. During ketosis, your body converts fat into compounds known as ketones and begins using them as its main source of energy. Studies have found that diets that promote ketosis are highly beneficial for weight loss, due in part to their appetite-suppressing effects (1, 2). Emerging research suggests that ketosis may also be helpful for type 2 diabetes and neurological disorders, among other conditions (3, 4). That being said, achieving a state of ketosis can take some work and planning. It's not just as simple as cutting carbs. Here are 7 effective tips to get into ketosis. Eating a very low-carb diet is by far the most important factor in achieving ketosis. Normally, your cells use glucose, or sugar, as their main source of fuel. However, most of your cells can also use other fuel sources. This includes fatty acids, as well as ketones, which are also known as ketone bodies. Your body stores glucose in your liver and muscles in the form of glycogen. When carb intake is very low, glycogen stores are reduced and levels of the hormone insulin decline. This allows fatty acids to be released from fat stores in your body. Your liver converts some of these fatty acids into the ketone bodies acetone, acetoacetate and beta-hydroxybutyrate. These ketones can be used as fuel by portions of the brain (5, 6). The level of carb restriction needed to induce ketosis is somewhat individualized. Some people need to limit net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to 20 grams per day, while others can achieve ketosis while eating twice this amount or more. For this reason, the Atkins diet specifies that carbs be restricted to 20 or fewer grams per day for two weeks to guarantee that ketosis is achieved. After this point, s 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 >>

Phases To Water Fasting

Phases To Water Fasting

Water fasting is an intensive form of voluntary diet restriction. During a water fast, no foods or liquids are consumed except for water. Because it is a strenuous process in which your body needs to adapt to taking in no food for energy, proper preparation and body treatment during a fast are necessary. During the fasting stage, there are several periods of adaptation, but just as important are the times before and after a water fast. Preparing properly for a water fast can help ease your body into the rigors of fasting, reducing the shock and stress of fasting, according to Dr. Ben Kim, a chiropractor and acupuncturist based in Toronto. Before a fast, prepare yourself mentally for the challenges of fasting, and start by cutting out all caffeine, added sugars and most fats from your diet the week before. Do not consume processed or preserved foods; instead, choose whole grains and raw fruits and vegetables. This will help cleanse your body, getting it ready for the fast. Speak with a medical professional before you decide to undertake a water fast of longer than five days. During the Fasting Period The first six hours after your final meal, the remaining glucose, amino acids and fats are absorbed by your body as you digest what you last ate. Over the first two days, your body begins to use glycogen, or stored glucose, to fuel your body. The period will last for 12 to 24 hours depending on your metabolism and overall physical activity. While your body does make use of proteins during the first week of a fast, including during fasts shorter than a week, the amount decreases by over one-half by the end of the second week of a fast. If your fast lasts longer than two days, you will progress from glycogenolysis to ketosis. This is the stage where your liver starts changing 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 >>

10 Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips

10 Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips

10 Critical Ketogenic Diet Tips A ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat based nutrition plan. A ketogenic diet trains the individual’s metabolism to run off of fatty acids or ketone bodies. This is called fat adapted, when the body has adapted to run off of fatty acids/ketones at rest. This nutrition plan has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation. This leads to reduced risk of chronic disease as well as improved muscle development and fat metabolism (1, 2). I personally recommend a cyclic ketogenic diet for most of my clients where you go low-carb for 3 days and then have a slightly higher carbohydrate day, followed by 3 lower carb days. This cycles the body in and out of a state of ketosis and is beneficial for hormone balance while keeping inflammatory levels very low. The biggest challenge with this nutrition plan is to get into and maintain the state of fat adaption. Here are several advanced tips to get into and maintain ketosis. 1. Stay Hydrated: This is considered a no-brainer, but is not easy to follow. We often get so busy in our day-day lives that we forget to hydrate effectively. I recommend super hydrating your system by drinking 32 oz of filtered water within the first hour of waking and another 32-48 oz of water before noon. I have most of my clients do a water fast or eat light in the morning doing smoothies or keto coffee or tea. So hydration around these dishes should be well tolerated by the digestive system. In general, aiming to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water and closer to your full body weight in ounces of water daily will help you immensely. I weigh 160 lbs and easily drink 140-180 ounces of water each day. Sometimes more in the summer time. As you begin super Continue reading >>

My 7 Day Water Fast — Part 2 — How To?

My 7 Day Water Fast — Part 2 — How To?

My 7 Day Water Fast — Part 2 — How to? How to work and stay productive while not eating for seven days? In this second blog, let me share with you one particularly interesting study, my experience with fasting to this point and the changes I did in my diet, in order to function normally. A Mind-Blowing Study “Burn fat by thinking hard” In this study participants were put on 40 day fast — yes, you heard well, 40 days of not consuming any calories. During this time, a test was done where three of the participants were injected with insulin. As Dominic relates in this video (13:00): “If any of us were injected with 20 IU of insulin and no carbohydrates, it would lead to hypoglycemia and death or coma. What was interesting in these fasting subjects, you would think they would be even more reactive to the insulin injected. It produced a severe hypoglycemia 1 to 2 mmol which is usually fatal… But all of them survived and interestingly all 3 were asymptomatic for hyperglycemia, they were perfectly fine.” What the researchers very convincingly showed is that even the brain can function on fats once it gets used to them. This study was conducted over 40 years ago, but even now, many dietitians would tell you that your brain uses exclusively glucose as a source of energy. So let’s see how this regimen works out for me… My Experience With Fasting I have done fasts before. I spontaneously do a 3 day fast once or twice a year. I don’t really plan or prepare them; it has been an intuitive thing for me. I must say I used to have a problem with overeating when feeling stressed or emotionally at unease, especially before I limited carbs in my diet. So when there was a time I felt sick from overeating, I would just decide not to eat for the next 3 days. It was never Continue reading >>

Is Constant Ketosis Necessary – Or Even Desirable?

Is Constant Ketosis Necessary – Or Even Desirable?

162 Comments Good morning, folks. With next week’s The Keto Reset Diet release, I’ve got keto on the mind today—unsurprisingly. I’ve had a lot of questions lately on duration. As I’ve mentioned before, a good six weeks of ketosis puts in place all the metabolic machinery for lasting adaptation (those extra mitochondria don’t evaporate if/when you return to traditional Primal eating). But what about the other end of the issue? How long is too long? I don’t do this often, but today I’m reposting an article from a couple of years ago on this very topic. I’ve added a few thoughts based on my recent experience. See what you think, and be sure to share any lingering questions on the question of keto timing and process. I’ll be happy to answer them in upcoming posts and Dear Mark columns. Every day I get links to interesting papers. It’s hard not to when thousands of new studies are published every day and thousands of readers deliver the best ones to my inbox. And while I enjoy thumbing through the links simply for curiosity’s sake, they can also seed new ideas that lead to research rabbit holes and full-fledged posts. It’s probably the favorite part of my day: research and synthesis and the gestation of future blogs. The hard part is collecting, collating, and then transcribing the ideas swirling around inside my brain into readable prose and hopefully getting an article out of it that I can share with you. A while back I briefly mentioned a paper concerning a ketone metabolite known as beta-hydroxybutyrate, or BHB, and its ability to block the activity of a set of inflammatory genes. This particular set of genes, known as the NLRP3 inflammasome, has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, and age-related macular d Continue reading >>

Blog #7: Water Fasting And Keto

Blog #7: Water Fasting And Keto

Blog #7 Fasting and Keto This is a personal anecdotal commentary on Fasting and the Ketogenic diet. I am not a doctor, so the below is my understanding of fasting and its effects on your body. In the early '80's I read a small book on the benefits of fasting. Fasting is the fastest way to get your body into the state of Ketosis. Ketosis is when your body has switched "fuels" that give you energy. After you eat a meal, your body will primarily convert the carbs first. It converts the carbs to sugars and dumps them into the blood. Why the carbs first? I don't know. My guess would be that they are easier to convert. After your carbs get converted/used up, the body switches over to Fats. It converts the fat in your food to fatty acids called Ketones. Unless you eat a heavy meal laden with starchy carbs at midnight, you will switch over to ketosis before you wake up. Then you will eat a meal that breaks your fast. Since fasting deprives your body of all food, your body will go into ketosis rather quickly. If you continue fasting, you will not die for a long time, even if you're a skinny person. You will have to drink water though. You can only last a week or so without water. I have added days of fasting to my road to weight loss. I have many reasons for doing this: Yes, I know fasting is like a starvation diet to the max. Weight loss is very fast. And I am in a hurry to lose a lot of weight. I want to start building my home next spring/summer of 2015. Although the normal Keto diet will allow me to lose weight, its just too slow. I have the "sword of Damocles" hovering over my head, that is, if I don't lose my weight, I will get bariatric surgery and half my stomach will be pared off. I figure that if I did opt to get bariatric surgery, there would at least a week of fasting Continue reading >>

Some People Break Water Fasting With Eggs Or Avocado

Some People Break Water Fasting With Eggs Or Avocado

A user, named Lazaro, from Water Only Fasting group on Facebook, shared her story, in which says how she used eggs and avocado when breaking her fasting. Lazaro writes. "I break my fast with eggs or avocado. I don't like to break the fast with insulin spiking food high in carbs and sugars. One time I broke my fast with lemon juice with water to get some vitamins B and C because vitamin b is essential for enzymes to digest carbs and since vitamin B will be depleted at end of fasting it's not a good idea to break the fast with lots of sugary fruits. I know that some people use watermelon to break the fast, but eat just a bite and most of the time are perhaps in retreat and many of them are vegetarian." Advertisement Here we are talking about breaking the fasting after 3, 7 or 10 days. Lazaro writes that she has fasted somewhere from 7 to 10 days and several times has that a five day fast. "I want to fast for 2 weeks or better 21 days, but since I have to fast while working not sure if I can do it that long. Also I use a Ketogenic diet before fasting to avoid hunger and make things easier as the body is already in ketosis using mostly fat and keto bodies as fuel." "Since my body is already uising keto and fat while fasting, it is easier to digest an egg than to digest carbs. So instead I drink water with one lemon to get some vitamin B and C essentials to carbs metabolism, but the next day I eat almost anything as long as is light on carbs. Of course have no idea of fasting for extended periods of time and I am not an specialist only talking about my small personal experience but not all organism bodies react the same," she adds. How do you fast and what do you use to break your fasting? Continue reading >>

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