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Fasting Talk (Episode 11): Wine While Fasting, Cold Extremities, Fasting When Trying To Get Pregnant, Controlling Cortisol, Exercise While Fasting

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Veteran health podcaster, blogger, international speaker, and bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” teams up with Toronto, Ontario Canada-based nephrologist Dr. Jason Fung from IntensiveDietaryManagement.com and Dr. Fung’s Clinical Director at his Intensive Dietary Management Program clinic Megan Ramos on this podcast dedicated to answering YOUR questions about intermittent, alternate day, and extended fasting. Jimmy and Dr. Fung are the coauthors of the 2016 international bestseller The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting and, along with Megan, are happy to provide this podcast as an additional resource for anyone curious about going on a fast to improve their health. We love hearing from our listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Megan are joined by Special Guest Patient Angel Ramos to talk about the real world benefits of fasting and answer your questions Episode 11.

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SPECIAL GUEST PATIENT: Angel Ramos (aka Mr. Megan Ramos!)

I grew up in Orlando and ate a typical diet throughout the first 25 years of my life. I did cut out soda/pop in my teens and noticed that I lost some weight without any change to my physical activity but I was still overweight with a poor body composition. I stayed up late, ate crap junk food and drank in university and grad school. My weight peaked while on holiday in Germany as a graduation trip, 235 pounds at 6’2″. I noticed new stretch marks, a marked drop in my energy levels and my clothes were tight! I was starting to get concerned about my future health and what could happen given my family medical history of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s.

I’m a scientist and I enjoy researching, so I went to work. With the limited nutritional knowledge I had and novice workout experience, I started reading various sources online. There are some great fitness subreddits that really helped me to understand what I needed to do. I started tracking my calories, lowered my fat intake, upped the protein and began a weight training and cardio regiment. After about 9 months of exercise and diet, my weight was about 220 pounds and I was significantly stronger in the gym, but I still had plenty of fat.

This is where my story changes, I met Megan Christie (Ramos). After we had been dating for a few months, treating every trip to see each other as a vacation and eating junk, Megan explained the IDM program to me in detail and I was blown away. I began to see that by eating tons of processed/refined carbohydrates, I was only hurting myself.

I also began fasting when I started eating an LCHF diet. Our cavemen ancestors certainly didn’t get lucky and have a feast every day, so why do I need 3 square meals a day. I started out doing 24-hour fasts from dinner to dinner and was quickly surprised that it was much easier than I thought. After about a week, my body wasn’t angry at me if at 1 pm I haven’t eaten anything. I began to see weight fall off over the course of a few months. I had to buy almost an entirely new wardrobe because none of my clothes fit.

I’m proud to say that I’ve lost 70 pounds and now weigh about 165 pounds.

KEY QUOTE: “I followed the traditional calories in – calories out plan, and it worked to a point, but I still had goals that I couldn’t reach from just that.” – Angel Ramos

Here’s what Jimmy, Megan, and Angel talked about in Episode 11:

1. Can anyone doing an intermittent or alternate day fast enjoy a glass or two of wine?

Hello Jimmy and Megan,

I watched Dr. Jason Fung’s fantastic presentation to colleagues on YouTube where he shared about a patient who managed to still enjoy a couple glasses of wine while fasting and had amazing success. I love the idea of flexibility while fasting, but at what point does a patient impede or derail their success with something like a glass or two of wine? Was he the exception or is wine with dinner allowed to be incorporated into a successful intermittent fasting or alternate daily fasting program if you track the carbs in them?

Thank you for this show, I am really enjoying it!

Maryann

KEY QUOTE: “Take a little bit of fat for the first few days of a fast. The extra fat takes extra energy to burn and warms you up.” – Megan Ramos

2. How do I deal with cold extremities that come when I start extended fasting?

Hey guys,

I’m a 68-year old woman who has had a total hysterectomy, had my gallbladder removed in my early twenties, and am hypothyroid taking Synthroid. I do quite well fasting from 4-6 days. My question is what happens to me beginning on the first day of an extended fast—my hands and feet become extremely cold. It can’t be from a lack of salt because this starts to happen right away in Day 1 of fasting. I tried consuming some homemade bone broth with salt, but it hasn’t helped.

Any help would be appreciated,

Ruth

3. Is there any reason not to fast if you are attempting to get pregnant?

Hey guys! Love The Complete Guide To Fasting and the Fasting Talk podcast. I’ve been doing 24-hour fasts, four days a week for weight loss. I’ve lost 10 pounds and have about 10 more to go. My boyfriend and I are trying to get pregnant and I was wondering if engaging in fasting while trying to get pregnant is safe.

Thanks for your insights!

Amanda

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4. How do you control the increase in cortisol that comes from fasting from being a detriment to weight loss?

Hi guys,

How do you make sure your fasting routine isn’t being a stress on your body so that you do not have an increase in cortisol which would shut down weight loss?

Thanks,

Mary

KEY QUOTE: “If you want to know how something is going to impact you, test it! If it’s going to impact you, you’ll see it in your morning glucose testing and on the scale.” – Jimmy Moore

5. Will I experience the energy and performance benefits of exercise while fasting?

I run-bike-swim several miles a week. I plan on fasting on Mondays and Thursdays (for 36 hours) and wonder if I will have the energy I need to get through the workouts?

Alan

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Love your new podcast. My question is about fasting and exercise. I currently practice intermittent fasting but wanted to try an extended fast. I lift weights four days a week and cycle around 80 miles as well. I wanted to know what effect fasting would have on my performance and weight loss/muscle gain? Would long lasting fasts be effective for someone like me?

Regards,

Cesare

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Tell us what you think about this episode at the show notes section of Episode 11. We’ll be back next Friday with more answers to your questions about fasting. If you have a question about fasting you’d like for us to address in a future episode of “Fasting Talk with Jimmy Moore & Dr. Jason Fung Featuring Megan Ramos,” then email it directly to me at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. Spread the word about this new podcast and let us know what you think! Be sure to leave us a review on iTunes. THANK YOU for listening!