Part One – Stalled Weight Loss Despite Intermittent Fasting

Has your weight loss stalled – even while doing intermittent fasting? Here’s how you can address the problem.

Healthy Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent:  Our bodies have been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years. Starvation has played a part in this process. Starvation is a risk to your survival. Humans have gone through a lot of periods of starvation. We have developed and adapted certain mechanisms to help us survive.

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The #1 Sign of High Cortisol – The Stress Hormone

The #1 Sign of High Cortisol – The Stress Hormone? What is the best way to know if you have high cortisol? What is cortisol? Cortisol is the main stress hormone and if cortisol is too high there are a lot of problems that could happen in your body.

Here are some symptoms when your cortisol is too high.

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Potential Benefits And Side Effects Of Intermittent Fasting

These side effects only happen during the transition phase. If you push through it, you can receive amazing health benefits. If you start the Ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting correctly, these symptoms should not be a big problem.

Potential Intermittent Fasting Benefits:

1. Weight loss (especially in the mid-section)

2. Cognitive improvements (focus)

3. Less inflammation (arthritis, autoimmune)

4. Skin will improve

5. Improved memory 

6. Improved quality of sleep 

7. Less hunger 

8. Fewer cravings 

Potential Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting: 

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Part Two – What to Eat for Your Body Type? This Week Liver and Thyroid Body Types.

Dr. Berg discusses what to eat according to your body type to get healthy and lose weight. Eating certain foods for your particular body type can trigger your body into burning unnecessary body fat.

If you are pretty sure that what body type you have you can go right to that eating plan and you are going to customize what meals that you want based on your body type.

Last week we discussed the Adrenal and Ovary Body Types. In case you missed it, here is the blog post.

This week will discuss the Liver and Thyroid Body Types.

But if you are a mixed body type or you feel like you are all the body types then the best thing to do is start out with the adrenal body type. Why, because about 80% of the people are the adrenal body type.  Start with the adrenal and then if you do not seem to feel as good or are you not losing as much weight go right to the liver.

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Stress Makes you Fat – The #1 Sign of High Cortisol.

You may remember my blog How Stress Makes you Fat

Now we will learn more.

Cortisol is the main stress hormone. If cortisol is too high, it can lead to a lot of different health problems. 

High cortisol can potentially lead to issues, such as:

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Stress Eater?

Why do some people snack when stressed?

The hormone that is triggered by stress is cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that has a function of regulating blood sugar to a certain degree. 

If a person has low blood sugar, cortisol is released and helps the body turn protein, fat, or ketones into sugar. This is called gluconeogenesis (Sugar – new – making something or making new sugar)). The body is making sugar out of non-carbohydrate sources. This happens in the liver.

Stress raises cortisol. Cortisol releases sugar, and there is a spike in blood sugar. Insulin kicks in and pushes the blood sugar down (hypoglycemia), causing low blood sugar. Now, the person will get hungry, crave carbs, and snack. When they snack, they’ll raise the blood sugar, and the whole cycle will start over. 

Two things that can trigger cortisol:

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These Cravings Are Driving Me Crazy!

There are three reasons why cravings are driving you to eat.

1.         Insulin resistance: 

Consuming a high carb diet raises insulin and keeps your blood sugars low, so you keep craving carbs. In this situation, you will eventually develop insulin resistance. Your cells will be hungry and craving carbs all day long.

2.         Low Fats:

Fats are necessary to allow you to be satisfied, especially when you’re doing intermittent fasting.

3.         Low micronutrients:

Micronutrients are incredibly important, especially when it comes to getting rid of cravings and hunger.

What Do I Eat To Feel Satisfied?

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The Key to Long Term Weight Loss

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Overweight people have insulin resistance. And they have higher insulin, which is 5 to 7 times normal. Did you know the people with the type-two diabetes have nine times as the amount of insulin as normal people?

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Insulin is the hormone that blocks fat burning but it keeps your appetite high.

If you’re not going to be burning fat you’re going to be burning glucose/ sugar. The problem is we only have about 1700 calories stored glycogen or sugar but you have 100,000 calories of a fat. That’s on a thin person so if you were overweight you will have more than 100,000 calories sitting on your body.

Many people never tap into the fat and are running on the glycogen because they have way too much insulin that keeps him hungry all the time.

So you’re hungry and you can’t lose weight. What are you going to do?

The most important thing is lower the insulin and fix insulin resistance. But to do that we have to understand what insulin resistance is.

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One function of insulin is to unlock the door on the cell to allow glucose into feed the cells. It also allows amino acids to enter the cell. It also allows nutrients to go into the cell like potassium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, B1, chromium and a lot of other minerals and nutrients.

If you have insulin resistance you are not going allow the nutrition or the fuel to go into the cell. You’re not going to feel satisfied.

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If your having a hard time all that means is you have insulin resistance and you have to fix it. When you drop your carbs, going keto and doing intermittent fasting your insulin is going to go down and your body is going to start to tap into your fat reserves. It can take up to 14 days to be 80% in ketosis. During this time you will be less and less hungry. This may take a lot longer depending on how much insulin resistance you have. This is especially true if you are a diabetic or if you were a diabetic.

Your main target should not be weight loss initially it should be to fix the insulin resistance.

The way that you know insulin resistance is being improved is because your appetite goes down.

There are a few things to do to speed up the progress. One thing is to start taking MCT oil. The advantage to that is if you’re not totally in ketosis you can go to 100% ketosis pretty fast.

You may not lose weight because your body is using the MCT oil as fuel and not your fat reserves. But initially that’s OK because our goal is not to weight loss, it is to fix insulin resistance in order to loose weight and maintain a healthy and slimmer body long-term.

We want to fix insulin resistance and then loose weight.

To feel satisfied consume MCT oil or fat and get your nutrients from eating enough vegetables with your meal.

These nutrients will satisfy you just as much as the fat will satisfy you.

In the beginning you may have to take supplements like electrolytes, B vitamins and other nutrients because you still have insulin resistance and these nutrients can’t get into the cell. As you correct insulin resistance you’ll be able to absorb more and more nutrients and the need for taking them will decrease.

If you’re not bringing your carbs down to 20 to 50 g, preferably 20 g or less, those carbs will definitely keep the insulin to high and stop the fat from being burned.

First fix the insulin resistance and you will loose weight naturally.

To fix the insulin resistance and then loose weight, reduce your carbs, and add in healthy fats until your appetite is reduced and then reduce the added fat and start to burn your own fat reserves.

This post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, The Key to Long Term Weight Loss Is.   For the original post, please copy and paste this link to your address bar

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Genetics does not have to dictate my health.

Hello, my name is Lydia. I believe the best way to predict my future is to create it. To do that, I make it a habit to improve my health.

My goal is to maximize my physical performance and mental clarity, body composition, and most importantly my overall health with a wholesome diet and exercise.

Why am I so concerned, you may ask. My motivation came from watching my mother suffer from numerous illnesses. Her life was regulated by when she had to take her drugs.

I have been retired for a while and I have yet to experience any of her illnesses. I attribute that to eating a wholesome diet and exercise.

I supplement my diet with high-quality vitamins, mineral supplements.

In my posts, I focus on two diets: the Ketogenic (Low-Carb) and GAPS (Gut and Psychology / Physiology Syndrome) diets.

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