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Learn to get the most out of your style of Fasting... If it's for you. Learn more here http://www.ThomasDeLauer.com Get The Clothes That I Wear at 40% Off - Use Code TD40 at http://www.Hylete.com Previously it was touted to eat every 2 hours if you are bodybuilding, with some even waking up in the middle of the night to eat. The thought was that if you did not eat your body would begin to break down your muscles, which is the last thing we want. Now you have likely heard about intermittent fasting and how without this approach you will not be maximizing your fitness potential. So which strategy is correct, or are different approaches better for different goals? What is IF? The idea is to go without food for a period of time so that you deplete your immediate energy sources, ie your blood glucose and liver glycogen stores, so your body is forced into fat-burning mode. The main benefit that those of us trying to keep muscle and lose fat are concerned with is the increase in Human Growth Hormone (HGH). HGH is made in the pituitary gland and plays a role in the our development as we grow as children, but also plays a key role in bone strength and lean body mass. Higher HGH levels are associated with higher lean muscle mass - thus more muscle and less fat. HGH was used as a performance enhancing drug, but in a supplement form was found to lead to increased blood sugar, pre-diabetes, increase in blood pressure and possible increased cancer and heart health risks. This makes sense as our bodies naturally have hormones vary in level throughout the day, so an increased level of hormones throughout the day to that degree is not healthy. IF is the natural way to increase HGH levels. HGH peaks in adolescence and then steadily decreases with age. Eating suppresses the release of HGH. HGH secretion is found when we first wake up in the morning after our night fast, and if we continue to fast, secretion continues throughout the day until we begin to eat again. In essence, HGH signals our bodies to burn fat when we are in a state of caloric deficit. So IF done correctly can encourage our bodies to hold onto their muscle and get rid of fat! So how can you use this to your advantage, and who should stay away from IF? First we must understand the two different IF approaches and who they are for. Two approaches: Full Day Fast or Daily Fast Full Day Fast What is it? Take one full day off of eating every week. Purpose? Recovery from injuries over the week and keep weight low or lose weight. Benefits: Higher growth hormone levels, decreased inflammation, detoxification, lower caloric intake. For Whom? Endurance athletes, weight class athletes, everyday people who want to reap the health and weight loss benefits. Who Should Avoid Full Day Fasts? Those who are trying to put weight on, bodybuilders Daily Fast What is it? Daily fasting window, often around 16 hours, followed by an 8-hour eating window. Purpose? Increases mental focus/concentration and focus at the gym, strength gains Benefits: Quicker reaction times, increased focus. Can benefit those doing weight training and work sessions. Get things done more efficiently. For Whom? Athletes who could benefit from increased focus, business people who could use increased energy and focus, people traveling or who have busy schedules - reduces how often you have to think about and eat food. Takeaways/Guidelines: If you are a bodybuilder or professional athlete, you will want to be careful when performing IF. Full day IF creates a caloric deficit and is a good idea to avoid if you are trying to put on weight or have a high caloric need. When trying to get a lean, ripped look, daily IF can benefit you. You will find increased focus at the gym, and your body will use the increase in HGH to burn stubborn body fat stores, such as around your midsection. Daily IF - best to skip breakfast and workout before eating to capitalize on the increased concentration at the gym. Best to eat shortly after workout to provide muscles with protein to heal. You can pair IF with BCAA supplementation when working out to provide your muscles with the tools to repair. Take about 5 g of BCAAs before, during and after practice. Endurance athletes should not compete during a fasting period as they need immediate energy stores available, not just the slow energy provided from fat. References: 1. Intermittent Fasting for Athletes: The Why and How http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/i... 2. Fasting and Growth Hormone Physiology https://intensivedietarymanagement.co...

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Before I gave up grains, sugar and other foods which I used to believe were healthy (or at least not harmful), I had breakfast every single day. At least that's what all kinds of TV ads were claiming, promoting whole grains and cereals and other "healthy" breakfast options often loaded with sugar. Just the thought of skipping a meal made me feel guilty. Doing a full day fast seemed unnecessary and impossible to follow. But all this has just been part of the big high-carb, low-fat campaign. Myth #1: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As you will learn in this post, nothing can be further from the truth. I rarely eat breakfast - that's the meal I skip almost every day. Myth #2: You have to eat regularly, ideally 5 small meals a day. Once you get keto-adapted and not depended on glucose, this will change. Since your insulin levels will not spike, you won't have the need to eat regularly or in small portions (apart from diabetics which I discuss later in this post). Myth #3: You need to eat most of your carbs for breakfast because that's when your body uses them most effectively. You should try to eat your carbs throughout the day and not just in one meal. Furthermore, si Continue reading >>

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  1. humbled

    I present to you here a bunch of information I have assimilated/catalogued on this subject.
    The ketogenic diet is an effective weight loss tool, but it does not guarantee that you will move from fat to thin without complications. It simply allows your body to regulate its fat cells better, and should your body choose a destination that is fatter than you like, you may find yourself stuck there. This then becomes the homeostatic weight that your body prefers to maintain, for whatever reason.
    Possible Scientific Mechanisms for Plateau
    G - Glucose tolerance: when we initially put on our weight, we likely did so in an environment of chronically elevated blood sugar. We are all likely to have a problem with our glucose tolerance, thanks to the standard grain-focused, carbohydrate-laden diet. There are two aspects to this issue. First is the glucose sensitivity of cells. We need our cells to be eager to use blood glucose when it is available, rather than rely heavily on insulin to force it. The other side of the coin is in the pancreas, in how much insulin we secrete when carbohydrates pass through the upper GI tract, or when we think about eating sweet food or place sweet food on the tongue (artificial sweeteners included). These problems can be described as insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity, insulin oversecretion, etc. We may reach a homeostatic weight, even with small amounts of carbohydrate in the diet, due to the various ways in which our glucose tolerance may be impaired.
    V - Visceral fat: insulin-driven fat storage seems to deposit fat more in the abdomen than in other locations. This is the so called apple/pear body shape talk you may have heard. Interestingly, visceral fat is more hormonally active than other types of fat and may resist collection, even when the metabolism has been restored to normal function via the cessation of carbohydrate intake. These fat cells secrete hormones called adipokines that interfere with proper glucose tolerance. They are the zombie fat cells that want to eat the brains of your properly-functioning metabolism.
    O - Overnutrition: there are some who say that eating too many calories will cause a plateau. Here is a sample from Dr. Eades' blog on the subject. I believe this hypothesis, but it may not happen as frequently as one would expect. Lowering calories may lower carbohydrate intake. If one oversecretes insulin, even a slight lowering of carbs will aid metabolic regulation and may set the homeostatic point back some amount. But for the cases where our metabolism is healthy and we are overeating, the body will likely not dip too deeply into any of its fat stores. Another form of overnutrition may be an overconsumption of protein. Again, if we have problems with glucose tolerance, the protein may tap into those issues as our body converts it to glucose.
    K - Keto adaptation: your body will gradually use ketones more efficiently (see some comments here). There may even come a time when you cannot make your ketostix turn purple at all. This is not a bad thing and it does not mean you cannot lose weight, or that the health advantages of low-carb are gone. The Inuit thrive on this diet their whole lives, after all. It means that you may have to watch calories a little more closely than in the years prior, although it should still be extremely difficult to gain fat.
    L - Leptin signaling: fat is hormonally active. It sends out leptin, a satiety hormone whose job is to say "hey, come eat me." As you lose non-visceral fat, there will be less fat cells around sending this signal to your metabolism. This is one possible answer to the tapering off of weight loss (on any diet, in fact). I sincerely hope it isn't the case, but some obesetologists theorize that being obese for the long term can permanently burn out leptin receptors. And to add to your misery, insulin interferes with leptin reception - but that is something keto helps solve.
    C - Carb creep, cheating, and other "user error": we get comfortable with our diets and experiment with expanding our palate. We lose some of the rigor that we applied when starting. The end result is that we are eating more carbohydrate than we expect.
    What to Do About It
    Before you take action to fight your plateau, make sure you are actually stuck. Don't rely on your scale alone; use body tape, calipers, a tight pair of paints, number of belt loops, or whatever tools you might have where you can verify that nothing is changing. There are times on keto where you may drop a size without losing weight. Now that we have that out of the way, you may have noticed the individual letters prefixed to the mechanisms above. I will use those letters to indicate how the methods and mechanisms are related.
    When you undertake any action, test it for a fixed period (2-4 weeks) to see if it is effectual, and if not, you needn't bother yourself with integrating it into your lifestyle. You may be able to try some of this occasionally to kickstart the weight loss process, which will then go again even if you discontinue the behavior. Some of these tools can be used as an ongoing adjunct to keto.
    (G) Employ an endurance exercise program. I personally recommend HIIT (or SIT, in this study), but it seems that any sort of endurance training improves glucose tolerance. It's not about burning calories.
    (G,V) Give intermittent fasting a shot, either a gentle 16/8 schedule, or even up to a more aggressive ADF (alternate day feeding) schedule. This is not necessarily a means of calorie restriction, since some IF practitioners call for completely making up for the missed meal period. Hence, this is a way of redistributing your calories in your schedule such that you are relying on fat reserves more often.
    (G,O) Eat a nearly zero-carb diet that is 90% fat, and optionally restrict yourself to little more than 1,000 calories per day. (Atkins called this "The Fat Fast.")
    (C) Make sure carb counts are correct and that you're attaining your goals.
    (O,C,K) Reduce caloric intake. (Last resort IMO.)
    (G,V,L) Wait. It takes a number of years for all the cells in your body to replace themselves. The cells that grow while on the ketogenic diet will hopefully be more insulin sensitive than your old cells, and over time your homeostatic weight may drop.
    (C) Oy! Don't do that.
    I think that's everything for now. I will update this to reflect quality tidbits that anyone wants to contribute.
    Update 1: fix some wording.
    Update 2: reword end of leptin section.

  2. lessofme

    Tons of useful stuff here, thanks. But this:
    It's not about burning calories.
    ... is the theme of the year for me. Uncoupling exercise from the impulse to ask, "how many calories did I just burn during that workout?" was a huge revelation, and has done more to facilitate improving my fitness than anything else I've done. Realizing that the number of calories I'd burned on a given hike or bike ride or strength workout was basically irrelevant; and that the point was to change how my body functions and how I live in it, made a world of difference to me, both practically and psychologically. Somehow shifting my motivation from, "I have to do this to meet my calorie goal for the day," to "I do this because I like how I feel when I'm doing it" changed everything. Now I exercise far more than I ever did before, enjoy doing it, and am actively looking forward to the day when I can do bigger, more intense, more fun things.
    Also, as far as plateaus and women are concerned, I can't overstate how annoying hormones can be in mimicking a plateau. I've come to learn that there's very little point in getting worried about a two- or three-week stall in weight or volume loss, because my month invariably goes like this:
    week 1: lose a pound
    week 2: maybe lose another pound, maybe nothing (also, may or may not appear to drop out of ketosis in spite of not eating any differently)
    week 3: nada; spend the week fighting the Bolshevik Army*
    week 4: ZOMG lose like nine fucking pounds and two inches off my hip
    In my experience, more than half of the women I've met complaining about a perceived plateau are within a week of starting their periods.
    tl;dr: it's really not about burning calories; also, water retention is a pain in the ass.
    *I love a good communist-themed euphemism for menstruation.

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    This is my new favorite euphemism. Thank you.

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Today I broke my 5 day water fast. Find out how much I lost.

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 Continue reading >>

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  1. Ketosis breath

    I'm starting a diet that will have me in ketosis. Exactly how bad am I going to smell, and is there anything I can do about it besides chew gum?

  2. —Anonymous

    Gross. Stay in the fucking house.

  3. —Anonymous

    What made you decide to destroy your muscle tissue instead of eating sensibly?

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Variation is key for your health. This is an overview of different ways to fast, feast, and ketogenesis. Please like, share and subscribe to my YouTube page to get notifications whenever I post a new video! You have already taken the first step to better your health by watching my video! Next, I recommend that you join our Long Distance Patient Program so that you can get diet modification and supplement recommendations designed specifically for you by me or one of my fellow practitioners in our Ann Arbor, Michigan office. You have to be a patient of our office in order to receive supplements, per our distribution agreement with the producer of the Standard Process brand supplements. Becoming a Long Distance Patient as outlined below allows you that access. In order to be part of our online patient program, you would purchase an annual membership for $200. This membership includes an initial 30 minute phone appointment with me or one of our practitioners. At that time, the practitioner will make a recommendation to you for diet modifications, supplements and the quantities that you should take. After the phone call, you are able to order supplements for a year, as needed, directly from our website and our app. We will then promptly ship the supplements out to you. Follow up phone calls with your practitioner are $125 for a 20 minute phone/SKYPE appointment. If you would like to move forward and take advantage of this opportunity, please call: (734) 302-7575 or email [email protected] to schedule your phone appointment, and make the $200 payment. You can reach us by phone Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm EST. To learn more about our office and clinical practice, go to: http://thenutritionalhealingcenter.com Since not everyone is fortunate enough to live within driving distance of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and many feel that an telephone/online consultation is not enough to meet their clinical needs, I am happy to offer you our Long Distance Patient Travel Package. The package is comprised of a series of appointments with myself or another practitioner that are time sensitive, and a time allowance of 48-72 hours in our beautiful city is required. Not only are your health issues of concern thoroughly evaluated, but you receive a comprehensive full body evaluation, two different computerized cardiac health tests, a great deal of teaching and health education, and leave with a program of diet modification and supplement support that the practitioner is confident will improve your health and quality of life. This program can initiate your relationship with our clinic, and be followed up with telephone/online consultations, or it can be incorporated into your already existing program with our clinic to further enhance the program you already have in place. The cost for the Long Distance Travel Package is $560 and includes everything mentioned above. We also have a relationship with a lovely landmark hotel conveniently located less than 2 miles from our office, that offers a reduced nightly rate to our patients. In the meantime, if you are truly interested in what we have to offer, please watch these 5 important videos of mine: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... If you find my info helpful, please visit my Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/drdarrenschmi... We look forward to helping you feel your best! This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. UCC 1-308 without prejudice.

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“If there’s a downside, it is kind of crazy tasting,” said Geoff Woo, the founder of HVMN, a Silicon Valley company that makes nootropics, or performance-enhancing supplements. We were in a conference room in The Atlantic’s office building, and he was bracing me for my trial run of his latest product. It was a small, clear vial labeled “Ketone,” a new type of energy drink his company is releasing this week. Its nutrition label says it contains 120 calories, but no carbs, no fat, and no protein. Instead, it’s all ketones, the chemical that Woo and his company are calling a “fourth food group.” He hopes the drink will allow people to reap the benefits of occasional fasting—high ketone levels inside the body—without actually having to not eat. I unscrewed the top and, college-days muscle memory kicking in, chugged it like a shot of Captain Morgan. It tasted like cough syrup that had been poured into a garbage bag and left in the sun. “Augh!” I cried. “I compare it to a combination of a liquor shot with nail-polish remover,” Woo said. Woo’s coworker, Brianna Stubbs, went to fetch me a glass of water. “We’ve done a lot of work to make it better,” sh Continue reading >>

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  1. Atticusfinch

    So, I noticed an odor… and I have cats and so thought “Damn it, Princess Tiny Feet”. But long story short, it’s not my menagerie, it is coming from me!!! Apparently kids, a byproduct of going just a little bit gung ho with this is an eye watering, embarrassing ammonia odor…
    As I understand it, (and please help me out if I’m wrong) when your body doesn’t have enough free carbs to glucogenicize– in your liver, you rip sugar from your skeletal musculature, and a byproduct of the enzymatic breaking up of protein is a lot more ammonia being produced inside. Both gross, and really awful for my sweet six pack which I’m just sure was hiding under my belly…
    What I don’t get is why I can’t just turn fat to energy instead/first. Like what’s the point of retaining fat genetically, if in starvation mode I eat the far more useful muscle?… How would a starving guy kill that mammoth without his muscles? I thought starving was the one time fat was good! What is it doing, if it doesn’t provide me energy?
    Anyway, at least the solution to this, (if anyone else encounters it too) is easy breezy cover girl. Apparently all you need is more carbs or less exercise- and I’m totally ok with both of those options

  2. Nama

    I think you may be smelling an acetone like smell, which is ketones being released from the burning of fat for energy. It can give you really bad breath. Are you certain it’s ammonia? You should not be breaking down muscle!

  3. Bootsy Badger

    I’d suggest you take your problem to your doctor. S/he would be able to put it in the context of your overall health (and might be able to suggest answers to the physiological/evolutionary questions you pose in your post.)
    Take care,

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