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5 Day Water Fast Results

5 Day Water Fast Results

The week prior to Thanksgiving I heard an excellent Tim Ferriss podcast with guest Dominic D'Agostino, a PhD studying ketosis. They discussed lots of interesting ideas but for me the most compelling was the research regarding ketosis and cancer cells. As I understand it--and I am oversimplifying here--cancer cells feed on glucose, or sugars. When you eat very few carbohydrates or fast for long enough your body goes into a state called ketosis. This causes you to produce ketones, which allow for all other normal functions of the body and brain, but that cancer cells cannot feed on. The implication is that someone with a family history of cancer may be able to proactively arrest or even kill potential cancer cells with periodic therapeutic fasting. I recently did a 5 day water fast for four reasons: 1. For the reputed therapeutic effects. There have been quite a few cancer deaths in my family, and that seemed like a good enough reason to give it a shot. 2. To gain some clarity. I assumed that all the extra time spent not-eating would allow for deep focus and decision-making. 3. To counteract a week of Thanksgiving gluttony. I ate at least five meals a day and drank like Henry IIIV for four days straight. My body just felt like it needed the opposite after that bombardment. 4. To test my discipline. I doubted whether I could finish it. Don't you? What would happen? I've mentioned before that I think we've all become a bit soft in the 21st century, and I periodically do things to stress my body in order to make it tougher. I've never liked the idea of needing a drink or a cigarette, and have stopped using caffeine when I've felt I was too dependent on it. With fasting, I wanted to see if I could gain leverage over food in the same way. Below are my 5 day water fast results. 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 >>

Quick Start Keto

Quick Start Keto

Low carbers know ketosis is the superhero of fat-burning. But what is ketosis? And how do you get into ketosis quickly? Keto FAQs and why it makes a difference in fat loss. 6 techniques to get into ketosis fast 3-Day rapid reach ketosis technique Try a few rapid keto techniques and eat specific low carb keto foods. Our quick start guide covers everything you need to reach ketosis fast. If carbs are limited to small amounts in your diet, your body relies on fat for energy. When you reach ketosis, fat burns rapidly and muscle tissue is spared. Why Does Keto Burn Fat Faster? To get into ketosis you’ll avoid sugar, leading to low insulin levels. Low insulin curbs hunger and accelerates fat-burning. Metabolizing fat and producing ketones burns more energy than metabolizing carbs. The result is a much higher calorie burn. How Do I Reach Ketosis? Ketosis happens when carbs are very low – usually when eating 20 to 50 grams of net carbs or less per day. (Carb grams from fiber are NOT counted in daily totals.) Everyone is different. Some low carbers must eat very low carb to reach ketosis. Typical Keto Ratio Getting into ketosis requires eating meals that are high in healthy fats and low in carbs. Protein grams should not exceed 20 % of total daily calories. Keto Calculator This free online keto calculator determines your ideal nutrient ratio for weight loss or maintenance during ketosis. The keto calculator recommends the optimum daily calories, fat, carb and protein amounts to help you get into ketosis – and meet your weight loss goal. How to Know You’re in Ketosis Keto Symptoms During keto, low carbers experience bursts of energy and heightened mood – just two of the big benefits of ketosis. Some dieters notice a temporary, sweet taste in the mouth or a mild, sweet b 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 >>

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 >>

Ketosis And Fat Loss With Water Fasting

Ketosis And Fat Loss With Water Fasting

Hi! I have read just about everything there is about water fasting and being in ketosis, and everything's very consistent. They say when you begin a water fast there's always that initial transition period of about three days (anywhere from 24 hours to 4 days). That's the phase where your body goes through the glycogen reserves and then finally transitions to burning fat stores (ketosis). Once you reach ketosis you're in the clear: no headaches and flu-like symptoms and all that. You can also reach ketosis by limiting radically your carbohydrate intake. So my question is (I have a few), what if I enter ketosis through diet, then begin a water fast. Will I not experience those initial unpleasant symptoms at the beginning of every water fast? And if I water fast, reach ketosis and then break the fast and remain in ketosis, will I still be burning fat as long as I keep the calories restricted. And for example what is the difference between beginning a water fast and having sporadic consumption of things like bulletproof coffee or fat bombs, or even vegetable broth? How will that interfere with the fast? Since a fast should be just water in order for the body to heal and obtain all those benefits, but what if my priority is just fat loss? Sorry if I'm complicating things, but I just couldn't find any answers for these specific situations. I'd greatly appreciate it if someone could help me out and even offer some tips. Thanks! Continue reading >>

Water Fasting For Weight Loss

Water Fasting For Weight Loss

Water Fasting for Weight Loss - lose the weight and keep it off! Water fasting for weight loss - The body is very efficient at storing energy and handling situations when no food is available. It is only in modern times that we - and this doesn't mean every person in the world - have food available at any time of day. It is of course always nice to know that food is available... we want to fast for other reasons than shortage of food. Still, it is important to understand that the body is prepared for it, and we will not suffer starvation, if we fast. For centuries, fasting was probably a normal occurrence for most people, and the body adapted to it. The body has a special mechanism that is initiated when no food is eaten. Fasting is not starvation, but rather the body's burning of stored energy. Starvation occurs when the body no longer has any stored energy and begins using essential tissues such as organs for an energy source. Therapeutic fasts are stopped long before this happens. Most people - especially when overweight - have plenty of stored energy to spare. Stored Energy Process during Fasting Many physiological changes occur in the body during fasting. During the first day or two of fasting, the body uses its glycogen reserves, the sugars that are the basic energy supply. After these are depleted, the body begins using fat. However, the brain, which has high fuel requirements, still needs glucose (sugars converted from glycogen). To obtain glucose for the brain, the body begins to break down muscle tissue during the second day of the fast... this occurs during the transition period to ketosis. To fuel the brain, the body would need to burn over a pound of muscle a day, but the body has developed another way to create energy that saves important muscle mass. This 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 >>

Testimonies In Water Fasting

Testimonies In Water Fasting

Water fasting, an ancient healing strategy, remains a classic go-to in changing the lives of clients, and has greatly improved my own health and that of my family. However, it is not something that gets by with light treading nor a strategic plan. Intensive water fasting requires experienced hands and minds to guide you through safely to get best results. In this article, we’ll review 3 water fasting experiences (those of two docs and my son) shared on CHTV to provide a deeper understanding on the ancient healing technique and its real-life implementation. Fasting accomplishes several things. The first? It is the best—the very best—way to control glucose and insulin. If you want to live longer than anyone healthy, control your glucose. Without the constant spikes in glucose and insulin, your body is at leave to burn its own fuel, to run on its own juice. In turn, testosterone levels remain sound. Each time we eat, testosterone levels plummet, which spike glucose and insulin, all of which power inflammation and aging. Yet, it’s ill-advised to push calories away. With fasts, eating habits change because your body no longer needs it. Bodies learn to feed from themselves, and maintain optimal glucose levels.The second accomplishment: autophagy. Autophagy (or “self-eating”) is the process by which the body naturally removes cellular debris. Bad cells (which are not able to adapt to using fat for energy) die off because the body “eats” the bad cells and proteins first. Autophagy has been the shock of shrinking tumors, of magically erased skin tags, dying viruses, and more. All these massive benefits can occur when autophagy kicks into high gear. Researcher Dr. Valter Longo noted in a study1 that a water fast of 4 or more days can trigger a reset of the immune Continue reading >>

Autophagy: The Real Way To Cleanse Your Body

Autophagy: The Real Way To Cleanse Your Body

For the last time, forget juice cleanses and detox diets. They’re fluffy nonsense words. While there’s probably nothing wrong with drinking your weight in liquid kale, it won’t flush out toxins any faster than if you were eating, you know, actual food. The good news: There's a little-known way your body does cleanse itself, and it’s a process that you can control. All you need to do is practice a little self-cannibalism. What? Yes, you can actually train your body to eat itself—and believe it or not, you want it to. It's a natural process called autophagy (literally “self-eating”), and it’s the body’s system of cleaning house: Your cells create membranes that hunt out scraps of dead, diseased, or worn-out cells; gobble them up; strip ’em for parts; and use the resulting molecules for energy or to make new cell parts. “Think of it as our body’s innate recycling program,” says Colin Champ, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and author of Misguided Medicine. “Autophagy makes us more efficient machines to get rid of faulty parts, stop cancerous growths, and stop metabolic dysfunction like obesity and diabetes.” There’s also evidence that the process plays a hand in controlling inflammation and immunity. When scientists engineer rats that are incapable of autophagy, they’re fatter, sleepier, and have higher cholesterol and impaired brains. To sum it up, autophagy is key to slowing the aging process. And you can learn how to do it better. 3 Ways to Self-Destruct "So how do I eat myself?” is a question you probably haven’t asked before, but we’re about to tell you. First of all, autophagy is a response to stress, so you’re actually going to want to put your 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 >>

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Use Water Fasting To Lose Weight

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Use Water Fasting To Lose Weight

You can use water fasting to lose weight faster, but that doesn’t mean you should. Here’s why, and what to do instead… Key Takeaways People use water fasting to lose weight quickly, “detox” their bodies, slow aging, and get healthier. Water fasting will help you lose weight and fat quickly, but most of the weight loss will be from water and you’ll lose muscle in the process. Water fasting doesn’t “detox” your body, slow aging, or offer any health benefits that you can’t get from safer, more enjoyable forms of weight loss. Fasting is becoming more and more popular. You have intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, 24-hour fasting, the 5:2 diet, and endless other variations. And they all more or less follow the same script: Instead of spacing your meals throughout the day, you eat all of your calories in a shorter period of time (usually 4 to 10 hours) and fast the rest of the time. According to some, though, there’s a better mousetrap out there–water fasting. As you can guess, water fasting involves abstaining from all forms of food or drink except water, and you keep this up for anywhere from a day to several weeks. You don’t have to look far to find stories of people who swear that water fasting offers all kinds of benefits, including: More energy Slowed aging Better health And more… Sounds good so far. The most appealing part is that water fasting is so . . . simple. No questions about what you can or can’t eat during the fast. No fretting over shakes, meal replacements, or supplements. No meal planning. All you have to do is stop eating and drinking anything except water, and you’ll look sexier, feel better, be healthier in a few days. Sure, you’ll be hungry some of the time, but you can handle it. You’re ready. At least that 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 >>

Tim Ferriss – 3 Day Fast Protocol Details – Get Into Ketosis Quicker And Easier

Tim Ferriss – 3 Day Fast Protocol Details – Get Into Ketosis Quicker And Easier

In Tim Ferriss’ new book Tools of Titans he puts forward a method to optimize the process of fasting. In his typical 80/20 style, he aims to get the most benefits, in the least amount of time. His recommended fast is conducted in a 3 day period, spanning Thursday evening to Sunday evening. 3-Day Fast Overview Stop eating Thursday night Friday morning go for a long walk to accelerate your transition into ketosis Friday and Saturday stay fasted, and consume moderate amounts of exogenous ketones and MCT oil (as needed), to give you a boost while you’re keto adapting. Sunday evening you break the fast. Here’s the process in more detail if you don’t have Tools of Titans to hand: Thursday Evening Eat a low carbohydrate dinner around 6pm. Make that the last meal of the day. Go to bed as normal. Friday Morning Drink some caffeine if needed, then get out the door and walk within 30 minutes of waking. Bring at least 1 litre of water, with some added salt (to prevent headaches/cramping), and sip as you walk. Walk for 3-4 hours(!). Filling up/buying more water as needed. Arrange phone calls for this time, to make the time productive. The idea behind the walk is that you use up your glycogen stores, forcing your body to move quicker into deep ketosis. The quicker you get into ketosis, the less time you spend feeling sub-optimal, and the less potential muscle wastage. Friday Day (post walk) Consume exogenous ketones or MCT oil 2-3 times throughout the day, where necessary. Tim primarily uses KetoCaNa & KetoForce as exogenous ketone sources. Both these products contain 11.7g of Beta-hydroxybuterate per serving, and each contain 16 servings. The key difference is that KetoForce is an unflavoured (alkaline) liquid. And KetoCaNa is an orange flavoured powder you can mix into wate 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 >>

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