Autophagy and Fasting

If you have a lot of weight to lose while doing your low carb diet, then you may want to add in some intermittent and extended fasts. For example,  if you hit a weight loss plateau, adding intermittent fasting can help you get your weight loss moving again. But the benefit I want to talk about today is autophagy.

Fasting helps to promote autophagy which is a sort of “self-eating” and it is backed by a lot of science. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel prize in 2016 for his studies on autophagy. So when someone does an extended fast and there is no food for the body, the body will live off of our own toxins and cells.

So fasting is really about healing the body. This is why humans have been fasting for many years. Many for spiritual reasons but also for the amazing healing effects. Our bodies are amazing and will regenerate itself! It really is miraculous!

Fasting is perfect for those whose weight loss has stalled or for those who have a lot of loose skin from losing weight quickly. Autophagy is the healing of loose skin.

Intermittent fasting or extended fasting seems to cause our cells to go into autophagy. This is very helpful to tighten and tone the loose skin. It takes time and patience. But autophagy helps in many other ways as well. It is a natural way to heal the body, mind, and soul.

Dr. Jason Fung

I first learned about intermittent fasting when reading up and learning about how to take my low carb diet to a higher level. If you want to learn more about intermittent fasting, I highly recommend you read his latest book The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

Autophagy Fasting Hours

It seems that autophagy happens at 16 to 18 hours of intermittent fasting. So for example. If you finish eating your last meal at 6 pm and then don’t eat again until 11 or 12 the next day you will most likely be in the autophagy zone. Actually, it seems hard but really it isn’t. The longer you push your fast out the better the results you will get.

Intermittent Fasting Break Fast

You can break your fast however you want, but I prefer to break my fast with fat. This way it keeps my blood sugar level. So I will often have an avocado or some bacon then I wait another 2 hours before I have my meal. This helps me to sort of drag out the autophagy effects. I figure the longer the effects the better the benefits for my body.

Benefits of Fasting

Speaking about autophagy and intermittent fasting, let’s talk about how it helps the body in the long run.

I belong to several ketos and fasting groups on Facebook, Youtube, and other social sites. I just love hearing about all of the amazing results people talk about. Fasting has been done by many people for centuries. It isn’t anything new. I am just glad that I learned about it so I  can continue to heal my body and live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some of the benefits of fasting that I have read about. Many I have experienced myself.

  • Weightloss
  • Blood sugar goes down, type 2 diabetes normalizes:
  • Gout goes away for some people
  • Eyesight gets better
  • Heartburn goes away for some people
  • Help with inflammation.
  • Helps with joint pain
  • Many people sleep better
  • Many people say fasting helps with improving anxiety and depression.
  • Fasting may help you be more focused.
  • Stomach issues like IBS go away.
  • Many people think that it pushes off aging and it helps you to look younger.
  • Fight cancer
  • More brain power

In Conclusion, I believe our bodies are made to heal themselves. We can lose weight and get healthy by changing what we eat. I believe eating real food that is very low in carbs and higher in fat heals. I also think intermittent fasting is healing. Fasting is something that humans have done for years. If fasting helps to heal through autophagy then it is worth trying.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried intermittent fasting? What were your results?

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Obesity Code Unlocking Secrets of Weight Loss

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic or obese? Do you love someone who is? If so, you need to read this book! 

As someone who loves someone who was a type 2 diabetic, this epidemic is very personal to me. It is frustrating when your loved one is sick, their blood sugar is out of control and the doctor just wants to give them a pill (metformin in our case) and send them on your way.

This is where the problem is.

Pills don’t cure the disease. They are simply a band-aid. Unless you fix the cause of the disease, it will continue to get worse. We couldn’t let that happen. We had to turn this disease around.

And we did it by changing our diet. He reversed his diabetes and dropped 50 pounds. I was lucky, my obesity hadn’t turned into diabetes yet, but I was heavier than I should have been and very unhealthy.

As part of my weight loss journey, I found myself hungry for more and more knowledge. I mean, I learned by watching my body shrink down from a size 16 down to a size 8 how to be healthy but I wanted to know more. Why does is my body healthier by eating more fat and fewer carbs? Why is it many diabetics are able to reverse their diabetes simply by eliminating sugar from their diet? I got all of my questions answered in this book.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking The Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD

In this book, Dr. Fung answers many of the questions that I needed answers to. And he explains them in an easy way to understand.

First, he talks about the epidemic. And yes, obesity is an epidemic. Just look around. Here in America, it seems as though there are more overweight people than people of normal weight. And the number of obese people is ridiculous.

There are more obese children than ever before in history. This is scary for me. Whats even scarier is learning that there are more type 2 diabetic children and teens with liver disease than ever before! This is frightening to me and really sad.

In the first section of the book, Dr. Fung talks about some of the myths about weight loss. For example, the idea of “eating less and moving more”. I can tell you from my personal experience as someone who ate less and worked out daily that it doesn’t work! No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t lose the fat.  I consistently was overweight regardless of how much I worked out.

It wasn’t until I eliminated sugar and added more fat that I was able to get my weight under control. You see, we are wrong when we had this idea that eating less will help us lose weight. In this book, Dr. Fung explains some of the lies that we were taught. And you will realize that you were not crazy. And if you are overweight, it isn’t your fault. You just need to learn what actually works.

This books helped me to understand how my body works and about how insulin is what controls my weight not necessarily calorie intake. And actually, in part 3 Dr. Fung says he can make anyone fat simply by giving them insulin. He believes that insulin is the cause of obesity. So this explains why counting calories don’t work. Actually as crazy as it seems, insulin

This book really helped to clear up the confusion I have over the obesity problem we have here in the US. It is actually pretty simple. Obesity isn’t about calories in and calories out.

Obesity is about having a hormonal imbalance. The two hormones that play a role in weight loss and weight gain are insulin as discussed above and cortisol.

So what about the hormone cortisol aka stress hormone? After reading this book, I have learned that yes, in fact, stress can cause weight gain and obesity. Also, the lack of sleep can add stress to the body and trigger cortisol. So I think we can all benefit with a little rest and relaxation. Sleep is very important.

He also goes into great detail about how a low carb diet actually does help you lose weight and get healthy. Yes, Atkins had it right all along. It seems us Americans are hardheaded at times. A great example is a low-fat diet that I knew most of my life. From the time I was a teenager until my late 40’s, I believed the hype that fat was bad and you should eat low-fat food. Yet, as a country, eating this way made us fat. Duh. So it is only logical that fat isn’t the problem.

If you were like me and think that fat is the problem (not sugar), then you really need to read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed and it may save your life or the life of a loved one.

 

 

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