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Research suggests that a special type of fasting and caloric restriction not only extends your life, but also causes hormonal and metabolic changes that aid in weight loss and can ward off heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. However, not all fasting methods and calorie restricting produce weight loss. There are numerous studies from years of research indicating the life extension and health benefits of caloric restriction. But caloric restriction has never been proven to be successful for long-term weight loss, unless driven by a hormonal change that shuts down the desire to eat. The studies indicating life extension from caloric restriction relating to humans are epidemiological studies that look at the diets and life spans of different cultures. The people studied are not cutting calories in an attempt to lose weight, but are simply eating to satiety. It just so happens that their calories at the end of the day are low, but their nutrient-to-calorie ratio is very high. This means that although they don’t eat as much in a day as most Americans, they end up consuming far more nutrients due to the higher quality of food consumed. This has a profound effect on their health and hormones. It is a hormonal signal that tells their brains that they are finished and satisfied. They do not battle cravings for sugar and bread, nor do they struggle with weight gain. In fact, their healthy hormone balance is the key to their success. If you are simply trying to muster up enough will power to cut calories to lose weight without a healthy hormonal balance, you are doomed to fail. Eventually you will give in to the cravings. The 5-10 pounds lost by pushing the food away, most of which is muscle, will quickly be gained back, because without correcting the hormones, you will be overcome by the desire to eat more, especially carbohydrates.
Tell Your Brain Not to Eat: the Weight Loss Hormone Leptin
There are specific hormones that signal your brain to start and stop eating. Leptin is a hormone that not only tells you to stop eating, but to burn fat when you’re not eating. The hormonal ability to burn fat for energy (especially when not eating) results in a natural caloric restriction diet (like those in the studies). If you have the hormonal ability to be a fat burner, you simply eat less without cravings while your body feeds on fat. The benefit here is obvious; you stay lean and age more slowly. The bottom line: if your hormones are not right, you will not be able to permanently lose weight or be successful on any diet.
I know what you are thinking: “How do I fix my hormones?” At least that is what you should be thinking. I have said it for years: in order to fix the hormones, you must fix the receptors to the hormones which reside on your cells. Inflammation blunts these receptors, and the hormones cannot get their message to the cell. My Cellular Healing Diet specifically targets the three main causes of inflammation, and therefore hormonal dysregulation, which leads to weight gain that often will not respond to diet changes or exercise.
New research on fasting provides additional insight and another tool to reduce cellular inflammation (fix the hormones) and receive the benefit of life extension, better health, and weight loss. What I am referring to is intermittent fasting. These are short time periods of caloric restriction of 500-800 calories a day which, according to studies, will qualify you to receive many health benefits.
Intermittent Fasting and the Obesity Epidemic
Unlike long-term fasts or caloric restrictive diets, studies show that intermittent fasting improves hormone receptors, leading to a metabolic shift and turning you into a fat burner, wherein your body burns fat for energy instead of sugar (glucose). A study published in the International Journal of Obesity compared two fasting groups. Both groups lost weight, but it was only the intermittent fasting group that improved in hormone sensitivity. Our genes are programmed to deal with sudden sporadic drops in calories. This is part of the survival mechanism that is built into all of us from birth. Experts say that during these times, the body triggers protective processes in the brain. It is said that due to the anti-inflammatory effects of this process, there could actually be a benefit to the brain that would protect against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Professor Mattson, a leading pioneer in fasting research, states in a study “Brain cell damage can be reversed by the two-day fasting regime.” According to Mattson, intermittent fasting affects both leptin and ghrelin, two hormones involved in appetite regulation and weight loss. Perhaps the greater benefit comes from the fact that these two hormones are also involved in renewing brain cells, especially in the hippocampus (the area of the brain associated with memory). Mattson defines an intermittent fast by dropping calories to 500-800 per day for two days a week, and the other five days resume normal caloric intake. In a study Mattson showed fasting every other day had a remarkable effect on people with asthma, and participants’ lost 8% body weight and dropped inflammation markers by 90%. It was noted that this type of fasting is of benefit to anybody with or without health challenges, and the greatest benefits are gained the longer it was practiced. This means fasting can be done with regularity as a part of a healthy life style.
Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
Long-term fasting and caloric restriction have been criticized for causing muscle loss and nutrient depletion. This is why it is not recommended for weight loss, and why unhealthy individuals struggle to fast long enough to receive the healing benefits. Intermittent fasting eliminates this problem. It spares your muscle, maintains nutrient levels, and positively affects hormones involved in weight loss and renewing brain cells (leptin, insulin, and ghrelin). Therefore, intermittent fasting for weight loss is a suitable alternative for many to achieve their health and weight-loss goals.
I have had great success combining intermittent fasting with the Cellular Healing Diet. Both have a dramatic effect on cellular inflammation, and therefore hormones. Utilizing this method, I am able to help the person that is underweight or overweight and struggling with an unexplainable illness. The person who is underweight will receive the healing benefits of the fast without further weight loss. Most will start to gain weight as their health returns. The health-challenged, overweight person will lose fat they were never able to lose as they regain their health. It has been such a blessing to watch many lives transform as they learn this art of healing. I believe it is a lost art that is not culturally advocated as an approach toward healing. The body knows how to heal: it just needs enough energy and no interference to do so.
Many of the clients I work with have major GI (gastro-intestinal) issues that typically need to be addressed before other detox methods can be performed. Conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s, Celiac Disease, and food intolerance are a growing epidemic, and this is the only method I have found that works long term for these conditions.
You must stop the food intolerance that is causing much of the inflammation. This is important, especially with autoimmune conditions that are growing in number every year, such as Hashimoto’s (autoimmune of the thyroid), Lupus (skin), Rheumatoid (joints), and Crohn’s (gut).
How to Intermittent Fasting Properly
As discussed from the definition of an intermittent fast, you are taking in 500-800 calories a day. I suggest doing this by the use of whey water. Not whey protein, but whey water. Whey water contains no protein but is loaded with trace minerals and beneficial bacteria needed to fix the gut. These bacteria are also needed to support the immune system and to signal our own DNA to perform certain functions. Whey water was designated “healing water” by Hippocrates due to its effect on the three main detox systems (liver, kidneys, and GI). It has been used for thousands of years in healing spas in Greece, Italy, and Sweden. The whey water product I suggest using is called SueroGold, and it takes fasting to the next level. I believe it’s the key component underlying the incredible results I see in the clients I coach back to health. The combination of the inherent powers of fasting with the pure whey water is a Godsend.
I suggest fasting on SueroGold whey water for four consecutive days. No other food should be consumed, and the water from the whey water will be plenty, but if thirsty, drink filtered water. Consume one whey water bottle every two hours, up to six bottles a day, for the four days, and on day five the fast should be broken with soft foods and beginning the Cellular Healing Diet.
Maintaining the Benefits
I utilize the four day fast, and suggest it be repeated once a month as an intermittent fast, for my most gut-challenged client. It allows more time away from food to drop inflammation caused by food allergies. Some do multiple four day fasts for a few months, then follow them with choosing two days a week to consume only the six whey water bottles a day. For example, Tuesday and Friday, all they consume is whey water and the other days follow the Cellular Healing Diet.
Everyone can benefit from simply choosing 1 or 2 days a week to consume only the SueroGold (six a day = 600 calories a day). To sweeten SueroGold, lemon juice and a touch of stevia can be added. Pure vanilla extract is acceptable as well.
Personally, I use intermittent fasting almost daily to support my overall health. I may start my day with one SueroGold for breakfast. A few hours later, I may consume an Amasai (cultured, probiotic yogurt) with hemp seeds, chia seeds, raw nuts, or simply enjoy it plain. For dinner, I have a typical Cellular Healing Diet meal consisting of grass-fed, organic protein, good fat, and plenty of vegetables. This qualifies as intermittent fasting because you’re fasting through the night as you sleep, and continuing the fast through the day by restricting calories and eating a larger dinner. The combination of the restricted calories earlier in the day and normal caloric intake later makes it intermittent, therefore you become more hormone sensitive, unlike on a standard caloric restrictive diet. My energy levels are amazing, and my body fat has dropped below 8% for the first time in many years because I have become more hormone sensitive. I am a great example of someone who is already healthy and eating well benefiting from intermittent fasting. I encourage you to give intermittent fasting a try. It’s made a remarkable impact on my health and the health of many of my most challenged clients.