The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

 

Dr. Mercola: The Benefits of Intermittent

Fasting

http://www.mercola.com/ Dr. Joseph Mercola, natural health physician and Mercola.com founder, explains why you should incorporate intermittent fasting into your diet.

Contrary to popular belief, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact, omitting breakfast, as part of an intermittent fasting schedule, can have many important health benefits, from improving your insulin/leptin sensitivity to helping your body more effectively burn fat for fuel.

Fructose Turns On Your ‘Fat Switch’

The term “fat switch” was coined by Dr. Richard Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado, and author of the books The Sugar Fix, and The Fat Switch; the latter of which presents a groundbreaking approach to preventing and reversing obesity. As explained by Dr. Johnson, anytime we discuss sugar, we’re talking about ALL forms of sugar, including grain-carbohydrates, but some types are clearly more hazardous than others, in terms of their effect on your biochemistry.

Fructose is particularly troublesome, as it activates a key enzyme, fructokinase, which in turn activates another enzyme that causes your cells to accumulate fat and resist letting any of it go. This is especially true if you are overweight, but far less of an issue if you aren’t.

But grains also break down into sugar in your body, thereby promoting insulin and leptin resistance just like other sugars, which in turn promotes obesity and makes losing weight a real struggle… There are also circumstances in which carbohydrates can be converted to fructose in your body even when there’s no fructose in the carbs. The underlying mechanism for this is still unclear, but Dr. Johnson believes that insulin/leptin resistance may be one of the conditions that allows for this odd conversion to occur.

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25 thoughts on “The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

  1. Hi, Doctor. You’re one in a zillion. Thanks for breaking down barriers and
    myths. A lot of mornings I’m simply not hungry for the first few hours yet
    told to “eat, eat” lol

  2. Here’s a concept that turns conventional wisdom upside down! Dr Mercola
    with the thought of skipping breakfast to loose weight! BUT – don’t just
    skip breakfast – do all the things he suggests and I’m convinced you’ll
    have the benefits of weight loss if you have weight to loose, increased
    energy and improved health overall. Key is eating mostly fruits and
    vegetables, protein (meat) the size of a deck of cards, and healthy fats
    (avacado, coconut oil, butter, nuts, extravirgin olive oil)

  3. I found that skipping breakfast may not be sufficient. So I tried skipping
    lunch as well for a few weeks. The result seems to be promising. Now I have
    more concentration and energy.

  4. Been doing I.F. for over 2 years now doing the 19 hours fasting/5 hours
    eating window. I went from 235 lbs. down to 170 easily because I also have
    been eating very low-carb as recommended here. It’s this combo factor
    that’s really important not to overlook. If you do I.F. and don’t end up
    reducing carbs, I.F. may not work much. Mercola also doesn’t mention that
    I.F. also increases HGH levels and restabilizes the insulin and leptin
    levels so fat-burning is more easily achieved.

  5. Dr. Mercola, How many calories should that one meal contain? Also, Is it ok
    to consume protein powder during the fasting hours?? Please do answer…

  6. Is it just, more, or less effective is the window is at the other end of
    the day? If I get up 6:00 am, eat at 6:30 am, and stop eating early
    afternoon, would I get the same benefits?

  7. Thanks! I was hoping you’d say that. I’ve been kind of doing this for a
    while, and I’m always amazed I can go so long without really getting
    hungry. It’s really weird. Like I’ll smell something good, like bread, and
    think “hmm, that smells good” WITHOUT feeling like I need to eat it! I’ve
    still had that voice telling me “you should eat something,” but this video
    helps out a lot. Thanks again!

  8. Does adding a sweet and low or equal/spleda during IF state in black coffee
    create problems?

  9. I do well on I.F, feel lots of energy and vitality on it! Had to add, that
    I noticed I am ok with sucralose drops, stevia drops, and xylitol.. It does
    not stimulate insulin receptors in me at all, like you said. Maybe it’s
    just some people only and not others? I still lost loads of weight and got
    toned using sucralose drops! 

  10. While touting intermittent fasting, Dr. Mercola sounds like he’s ALSO
    touting ketogenics without stating as much. It’s all good.

  11. Excellent video, everything he said there I can relate to in my own life,
    doing many of those very things, it all has to do with willpower and not
    becoming obsessed constantly thinking about food focus your thoughts
    somewhere else.

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