The top 5 tips to make fasting easier

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  2. steven cruz
    Thank you for that book the obesity code I lost 74 pounds. Thank you again.
  3. Albert Khan
    Dr Fung, congrats and thanks. Your elucidation of type 2 diabetes is a good example of how clear you make things. Cheers.
  4. Soraya Myers
    I'm just starting, on my first week and I would love some recipes of what to eat on non fast days. I'm doing the 42 hour fast. Thanks
    Reply: #5
  5. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I'm just starting, on my first week and I would love some recipes of what to eat on non fast days. I'm doing the 42 hour fast. Thanks

    On non fasting days, you can incorporate any keto/low carb recipe you choose.

    Here is a link to our keto recipes.
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/recipes

  6. Valerie
    Would love to start fasting for health.can u drink bp coffee while fasting and not mess up the ketosis process? Ty, for your help. I so much enjoy Dr. Fung, such an excellent Dr.I had the sleeve surgery to no avail.I believe Dr. Fung's approach to obesity is awesome.I am still sick after all of that surgery. It has been 4yrs.after the surgery.I will have success with Dr.Fung's approach to combat obesity.
  7. Carol
    Good luck Valerie. You are in the right place. Just read everything you can on here from Dr Fung. You can do whatever you like if it works for you at your particular place in time. If I were you, I would get some MCT oil, some cream and some butter to stick in your coffee(cause it’s delicious) and do some fat fasts as Dr Fung outline in a recent interview on Mercola.com.
  8. Rebekka
    I wanted to do keto along with 5:2 fasting (no food at all on fasting days) but on my fasting day at hour 27 my blood sugar went under 40! I wasn't hungry but I felt very bad and I ate 300g chocolate because I felt SO under sugared. What did I do wrong? I didn't take salt, can this be the cause? Or should I get fat-adapted BEFORE starting this longer fasts. I do omad for 2 month now
    Replies: #9, #10
  9. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Rebekka, #1, if you are on any medication you MUST work with your doctor to adjust medication dosage as necessary.

    #2, Yes, getting fat adapted may help with the longer fasts. Not everyone responds well to fasting. If you are not on medication and this happens again, you may wish to stick with shorter fasting periods.

    Reply: #11
  10. Una
    Sounds a bit drastic and extreme. Perhaps go gradually to avoid 300g of chocolate. Hope you find a happy medium as it's not a competition.
  11. David
    #3 Rebekka, remember that you are an addict. You will crave sugar even when you aren’t hungry. To get in and stay in ketosis you have to keep carbs under 50g/day and protein between 40 and 100g/day. At these levels, the feelings of carb withdrawal are intense. You just need to push through it.

    #4 cutting out carbs and restricting protein in your diet will have an immediate affect on blood sugar levels. They will drop at first, but part of getting “ fat adapted” is your body learning to produce ketone bodies and regulate blood sugar without eating insulinogenic food.

  12. Jennifer McKeon
    I started keto with IF on july 8,2019 I am down 13 pounds however I am not losing now. I fast from 7pm to 11am the next day and break my fast with a low carb protein shake made with unsweetened almond milk. I drink over 120oz of H2O daily what am I doing wrong? I am still in ketosis have been since my third day doing the plan.
    Reply: #13
  13. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I started keto with IF on july 8,2019 I am down 13 pounds however I am not losing now. I fast from 7pm to 11am the next day and break my fast with a low carb protein shake made with unsweetened almond milk. I drink over 120oz of H2O daily what am I doing wrong? I am still in ketosis have been since my third day doing the plan.

    I would recommend avoiding the protein shakes. Most have artificial sweeteners. These meals also end up being higher protien and lower fat which is opposite of what you want. You can read more weight loss tips here - https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-to-lose-weight

  14. Vera Pilecki
    I have reduced my A1C from 7.5 to 6.3 in 3 months. BUT, then my doctor told me that my urine test showed protein in it. I now had stage 3b chronic kidney disease! I thought i would die on the spot hearing that! My number was 41.2 % kidney function. My question is... if i stay with fasting and low carb Dr. Fung... will my kidney function improve??? Please say yes!!! Thank you!
    Replies: #15, #18
  15. Heather Annette
    Look into a low oxalate foods which can be made keto.
    High oxalate foods such as coffee, cinnamon, spinach, sweet potatoes can all contribute to kidney stones and issues.

    I have reduced my A1C from 7.5 to 6.3 in 3 months. BUT, then my doctor told me that my urine test showed protein in it. I now had stage 3b chronic kidney disease! I thought i would die on the spot hearing that! My number was 41.2 % kidney function. My question is... if i stay with fasting and low carb Dr. Fung... will my kidney function improve??? Please say yes!!! Thank you!

  16. Nasif
    I am fasting right now. I kind of feel tired, but I am mostly energized and not tired enough to resist exercising or going outside to play
  17. jennifer
    I'm 52 and I fit in my jeans from when I was 18.
    Intermittent fasting got me off the plateau and led to losing those stubborn 5 kilos I could never get rid of since my pregnancies.
    I now do at least one 36h fast per week to keep it up.
    Even during several weeks vacation the weight does not come back on if I stick to some basic principles and do a longer fast when I come back home.
    Thank you Dr Fung
  18. Margaret
    Hi Vera,

    Have you heard any other direct response to your question? I'd be curious to also know why that may have occurred and can it be improved?

    Reply: #19
  19. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi Vera,
    Have you heard any other direct response to your question? I'd be curious to also know why that may have occurred and can it be improved?

    When you have kidney issues, it's important to work with your medical provider for specific treatment recommendations.

  20. Salena Waaka
    Hi,

    Finding it super difficult to eat more than 1000 calories a day. I fast until I'm hungry. Usually anywhere between 18 and 26. If I'm hungry again I will eat and then my 18-26 hour fast starts again. So I'm never hungry again. For 5 weeks I was shoving food in at the 6 hour mark when I tried 18/6. Even then lucky to be making the 1200 calories.
    So I moved to OMAD... But can't get past 1000. Just ate like 8 pieces of bacon, half a chicken breast (mayo) a tomato, an avocado, cheese omlet (3 eggs). A few strawberries. 1000 calories. Urgh... Can't put anything else in.
    I have lost a little weight in 8 weeks... Clothes are a little looser. Also was so sick of shoving food down at the 6 hour mark I did a 90hr fast by accident because I just needed a break.
    Am alway hitting macro %. So of the 1000 calories it's 5/25/70

    How can I increase my calories? Meant to be eating 1790.

    Reply: #21
  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi,
    Finding it super difficult to eat more than 1000 calories a day. I fast until I'm hungry. Usually anywhere between 18 and 26. If I'm hungry again I will eat and then my 18-26 hour fast starts again. So I'm never hungry again. For 5 weeks I was shoving food in at the 6 hour mark when I tried 18/6. Even then lucky to be making the 1200 calories.
    So I moved to OMAD... But can't get past 1000. Just ate like 8 pieces of bacon, half a chicken breast (mayo) a tomato, an avocado, cheese omlet (3 eggs). A few strawberries. 1000 calories. Urgh... Can't put anything else in.
    I have lost a little weight in 8 weeks... Clothes are a little looser. Also was so sick of shoving food down at the 6 hour mark I did a 90hr fast by accident because I just needed a break.
    Am alway hitting macro %. So of the 1000 calories it's 5/25/70
    How can I increase my calories? Meant to be eating 1790.

    Different people may find different strategies helpful. If you are concerned about not eating enough or not getting enough nutrition, you may wish to consider planning meals in advance and then setting a timer or alarm to remind you that it's time for a meal. It doesn't have to be shoving food in at the 6 hour mark! You can try a mid morning meal and an evening meal.

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