How Much Weight Can I Lose When Fasting? 

What is Intermittent Fasting?  Most people eat in a six-hour window and fast for 18 hour. This is with eating two meals. No snacks.

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Feast-Famine Cycle Basics

There’s an answer to the current terrible health trends of skyrocketing obesity, diabetes and chronic disease rates.It all starts with the nutritional composition of your diet. Most people simply eat far too many processed foods, grains and sugars, (particularly fructose), net carbs and too few healthy fats, and too many unhealthy fats, which results in gaining and retaining extra body fat and becoming increasingly insulin resistant.


Most also eat too much protein for optimal health and, while exercise cannot compensate for the damage done by a high-carb, low-fat diet, most do not get enough physical movement either. These factors set in motion metabolic and biological cascades that deteriorate your health.


The Root Cause of Most Degenerative Conditions:A foundational cause of most degenerative diseases is the fact that your mitochondria, the little powerhouses located in most of your body’s cells, are not receiving sufficient amounts of proper fuel. As a result, your mitochondria start to deteriorate and malfunction. This dysfunction lays the groundwork for subsequent breakdowns of various bodily systems.

Your mitochondria generate the vast majority of the energy (adenosine triphosphate or ATP) in your body. Were all mitochondria to fail, you’d be dead in seconds.

In addition to generating the energy currency of your body, ATP, your mitochondria are also responsible for apoptosis (programmed cell death), and serve as important signalling molecules that help regulate the expression of your genes. This is a function that even most doctors are unaware of.
Your mitochondria are nourished by certain nutrients and harmed by others.

So, a healthy diet is a diet that supports mitochondrial function and prevents dysfunction, and having the metabolic flexibility to burn fat is the key.
People who eat a primarily processed food diet are burning carbohydrates as their primary fuel, which has the devastating effect of shutting down your body’s ability to burn fat. This is why obesity is so prevalent, and why so many find it nearly impossible to lose weight and keep it off.

Fats Versus Carbs:Ideally you will have the metabolic flexibility to burn either carbs or fats for fuel. Saturated fats have been wrongly demonized as being harmful, and when food manufacturers started removing the fats from their processed foods, they added sugar instead. We now know healthy dietary fats support good health.

When your body burns primarily carbs for fuel, excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) and secondary free radicals are created, which damage cellular mitochondrial membranes and DNA, leading to the degenerative diseases that are so prevalent today. Healthy dietary fats, which are a cleaner-burning fuel, create far fewer ROS and free radicals. Fats are also critical for the health of cellular membranes and many other biological functions.

Metabolic Mitochondrial Therapy – Fat and Carb Basics:Dr. Mercola developed the metabolic mitochondrial therapy (MMT). The initial phase of the MMT program – which ends once your body is able to effectively burn fat for fuel – can take anywhere from weeks to months or longer, depending on how metabolically damaged you are.

The initial strategy of this program is the restriction of net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) to 20 to 50 grams per day, but only until you start burning fat for fuel. To replace the lost carbs, you increase healthy fats, so that you’re getting anywhere from 50 to 85 percent of your daily calories from fat.

Examples of high-quality healthy fats include:• Avocados• Coconuts and coconut oil (excellent for cooking as it can withstand higher temperatures without oxidizing)• Animal-based omega-3 fat from fatty fish low in mercury like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies and/or krill oil• Butter made from raw grass fed organic milk• Raw nuts (macadamia and pecans are ideal as they’re high in healthy fat while being low in protein)• Seeds like black sesame, cumin, pumpkin and hemp seeds• Olives and olive oil (make sure it’s third party certified, as 80 percent of olive oils are adulterated with vegetable oils)• Grass fed (pastured) preferably organic and humanely raised meats. Avoid CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) animal products• MCT oil• Ghee (clarified butter), lard and tallow (excellent for cooking)• Raw cacao butter• Organic, pastured egg yolks

Fats to avoid include trans fats and highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Both damage the mitochondria.Raising the amount of fat and decreasing net carbs is what pushes your body into burning fat for fuel. Eating high amounts of both fat and net carbs will NOT allow your body to make this shift, as your body will use whatever sugar is available first.

Metabolic Mitochondrial Therapy — Protein Basics:A general recommendation is to limit your protein to one-half gram of protein per pound (1 gram per kilo) of lean body mass. To determine your lean body mass, subtract your body fat percentage from 100.

For example, if you have 30 percent body fat, then you have 70 percent lean body mass. Then multiply that percentage (in this case, 0.7) by your current weight to get your lean body mass in pounds or kilos. As an example, if you weigh 170 pounds, 0.7 multiplied by 170 equals 119 pounds of lean body mass. Using the “half-gram of protein” rule, you daily protein requirement would be 59.5 or just under 60 grams.

To figure out your body fat refer to this Blog Post Loosing Weight? Here Are A Few Ways To Measure Your Progress https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2021/02/19/loosing-weight-here-are-a-few-ways-to-measure-your-progress/Here is an example:Formula: Women: 76 – (20 x height in inches/waist circumference in inches) = RFMTo calculate, first (20 x 64in tall) = 1280, then divide that by her waist, we will use 27 inches = 1280/27 =47.4, subtract 76 = 28.59. This is this woman’s body fat. For men, subtract 64 instead of 76.

Certain individuals and life circumstances do raise your protein requirements. This includes seniors, pregnant women and those who are aggressively exercising (or competing). As a general rule, these individuals need about 25 percent more protein.

Why Limit Protein?The reason for limiting protein is because excessive protein has a stimulating effect on a very important biochemical signalling pathway called the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), which has significant, adverse metabolic consequences. Importantly, this pathway plays a significant role in many cancers. It’s also a significant regulator of the aging process. When you reduce protein to just what your body needs, mTOR remains inhibited, which helps minimize your chances of cancer growth.

Excessive protein can also be converted into body fat and, through some pathways, sugar. So, net carb restriction normalizes the insulin pathway while protein restriction normalizes the mTOR pathway, both of which are important for optimal health. It’s well worth noting that cancer is just one expression of the same metabolic problem found in most other degenerative diseases. The same pathways are involved in most if not all of them.

Feast-Famine Cycling Basics:A crucial difference between MMT and most other ketogenic diets is something called feast-famine cycling. Continuously remaining in nutritional ketosis can actually cause counterproductive side effects, and is likely not optimally healthy in the long term. The ketogenic cycling is implemented once you’re out of the initial stage and your body has regained the ability to burn fat. At that point, you begin cycling in and out of nutritional ketosis by upping your carb and protein intake once or twice a week.
After a day or two of “feasting,” you then cycle back into nutritional ketosis (the “fasting” stage) for the remainder of the week. By periodically pulsing higher carb intakes, consuming, say, 100 or 150 grams of carbs opposed to 20 to 50 grams per day, your ketone levels will dramatically increase and your blood sugar will drop.

Why is this pulsing so important? It goes back to the workings of insulin. The primary function of insulin is not merely to drive sugar into the cell but rather to suppress the production of glucose by your liver (hepatic gluconeogenesis). When you suppress insulin for too long, however, your liver starts making more glucose to make up for the deficit.

The result? Your blood sugar starts rising even if you’re not eating any sugar at all. In this situation, eating a high-carb meal will actually LOWER your blood sugar (because you activated insulin, which then suppresses glucose production in your liver). In the long term, this is not a healthy metabolic state, and cycling in and out of nutritional ketosis will prevent this from occurring.It is simply wrong to try and calculate composition of your meals, or calculate when you should eat and how much. These things need to be done instinctively, from the signals your body’s biology gives you, as your body has infinitely more wisdom about what it needs, than our mind and intelligence will ever calculate.

Getting Started:To be successful on this program, precision is important. You cannot guess when it comes to the amount of fat, net carbs and protein you eat. In the beginning, you have to measure and track them. To do this you need:• A kitchen scale to weigh food items• Measuring cups to measure food amounts• A nutrient tracker such as http://www.cronometer.com/mercolaBased on the personal base parameters you enter, such as height, weight, body fat percentage and waist circumference, it will automatically calculate the ideal ratios of net carbs, protein and healthy fats (including your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio) to put you into nutritional ketosis.

An alternative free carb tracker is Carb Manager. To learn more please visit this Post https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2020/09/11/carb-manager-is-the-most-comprehensive-and-easiest-to-use-net-and-total-carb-counter-2/

From a metabolic perspective, once you become an efficient fat burner, one of the most astonishing things that happens is that your food cravings disappear. No longer will sugar rule your world. It’s incredibly freeing for most people. Your energy level and mental clarity will also dramatically increase.

Source: Basic Introduction to Metabolic Mitochondrial Therapy

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Avoid ALL Keto Side Effects

We will learn how to avoid all keto side effects. Many people are afraid of experiencing the keto flu or other side effects when going on a ketogenic diet. However, if you start on the healthy version of keto from the beginning, you should not experience any adverse side effects.

If you do the Healthy Keto plan you should not have effects. Here is one of the Healthy Keto videos https://2healthyhabits.wordpress.com/2021/02/05/how-to-start-keto-correctly-for-beginners/

Here Are The Symptoms And Remedies For Common Keto Side Effects:

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Fast Fat Loss For Slow Metabolism

This tip is recommended for people who have done the keto (Ketogenic) diet for a while and are plateaued, stuck, slow and doing one meal a day.  It is for those people who are trying to lose weight and have been doing lots of past dieting and created a slow metabolism – you need to extend your fast longer and longer. If you are fasting and your body is burning fat with no hunger, why eat? Your body IS eating its own fat and when you eat you shut down this process.

This video is not meant for the new person starting keto. This video is for the person who has done keto for a while and they are plateaued.

If you are new to keto, please watch this video, How To Start Keto Correctly – For Beginners 

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Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?

Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Muscle Loss?

The quick answer: No.

Why? First, intermittent fasting triggers a hormone called growth hormone. Growth hormone is the main hormone that spares muscle protein breakdown in your body. It protects it. 

Cortisol, the stress hormone, and insulin both cause destruction of your muscles.  So stress, eating sugar, having instant resistance, being a diabetic destroys your muscles. Forty hours of fasting did not trigger any breakdown of skeletal muscle. I did not find the study he was talking about but I found this one, SIX things I have Learnt from forty-hour Fasting https://annfoweraker.com/tag/40-hour-fasting/

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Can the Keto Diet Decrease Your Fitness Performance?

Can the Keto Diet Decrease Your Fitness Performance? No.

Dr. Berg refers to studies that demonstrate the increase in performance for athletes. I was unable to find the link to the studies he referred to.

In this video Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. D’Agostino who tells us how the Ketogenic diet increased the performance of navy deep sea divers. Here is the link, Dr. Mercola and Dr. D’Agostino on Ketogenic Diet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LDc5TxOcvA

When you run your body on ketones, you get less oxidative stress, meaning that your organs and tissues don’t break down as easily.

Two of the top ultra marathon runners are on keto. One of them, Zach Bitter, took the US record for a 100-mile event, done in 11 hours and 40 minutes.

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Can You Get Fat on Too Much Protein?

When you consume protein, you trigger two hormones: insulin and glucagon. These are opposing hormones.

While insulin stops fat burning, glucagon increases fat burning. This is why consuming too much protein does not cause you to put on fat on keto.

So if you are replacing carbs with protein, you are most likely not going to put on more weight.

However, too much protein can…

• Slow down ketosis

• Cause sleepiness

• Cause bloating/constipation

• Lower sleep quality

• Cause indigestion

• Increase kidney or liver damage

Adding in intermittent fasting can help lower these side effects.

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Part Two: Will This Break or Not Break My Fast: DEEP DIVE

In part one, we covered the benefits of lowering insulin, fat burning and autophagy.

Part two will cover a list of food and drinks people can or cannot have while fasting and their effects on insulin, ketones and actual weight loss. (Start the video at the 6:50 minute point)

Here is a list of food and drinks and we are looking at insulin, ketones and actual weight loss.

Coffee.                        Coffee is going to have an insignificant effect on insulin. There is hardly any carbs, protein or calories. It will have a zero effect on ketones, weight loss or weight gain. If you consume a tremendous amount of coffee with all the caffeine it could increase cortisol and activate insulin.  Stress can make you fat because stress mobilizes your own protein, which then will be converted into sugar, which then could raise insulin too.

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Part One: Will This Break or Not Break My Fast: DEEP DIVE

Types of fasting:

 • Water fast – No eating and only drinking water (no vitamins, coffee, etc.)

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How To Get Your Spouse Into Ketosis (Keto Diet)?

Are you on the ketogenic diet, and want to know how to get your spouse on board? 

First of all, it helps to realize there are many different viewpoints about keto. Your spouse might not have the same perspective that you do. I recommend healthy keto, but they might be mentally rejecting it. So, first, find out what they want to accomplish. Is it weight loss, lowered inflammation, more energy, or focus? Keto can provide these results. 

So, focus on results, keep it easy for them to implement. They need a win! So you might not want to jump right into the healthy keto version. You want to make it easy and comfortable with the foods they’re used to eating, but without the carbs. If we look at the difference between healthy keto and dirty keto, the macros are exactly the same. Low carb, moderate protein, high fat. 

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