Beginner Basics

Fasting to Cure Fatty Liver [Why It Works + How to Start]

fasting can cure fatty liver disease

Fatty liver has gotten super-common of late.  Roughly ⅓ of Americans have it.   It means just what it sounds like:  Excess fatty deposits in your liver. It’s now a leading cause of liver failure, and contributes to many other health problems — like liver cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more.   The good news? Fasting can …

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Intermittent Fasting for PCOS [Why it Helps + How to Do It]

Intermittent fasting for PCOS

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder among women of childbearing age.  Not only does it cause substantial health problems (similar to diabetes), it can also be really frustrating for women who are trying to get pregnant. The good news? Once you understand the root cause of PCOS, it quickly becomes clear that …

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Applying “Atomic Habits” to Fasting, Fitness, & Overall Health

Applying Atomic Habits to Health, Fitness, and Intermittent Fasting

Back in 2018, James Clear published his bestseller, Atomic Habits. I’d already been following him for a few years before that, so I figured the book would be great.   I was right. 🙂 The author spent several years digging into the best research about habit formation, and then carefully distilled it down into simple, practical …

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Does Fasting Burn Muscle? [The Full Story, Backed by Science]

Does fasting burn muscle

Have you ever been told that if you fast, you’ll lose all your muscles? That’s a common fear. But don’t worry, it’s mostly nonsense. 😉 Case in point:  Wolverine.   In case you didn’t know, Hugh Jackman used intermittent fasting for muscle gain when he was getting ripped for the X-Men movies.  Obviously, fasting didn’t consume …

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Fasting While Working in the ER [My Experience + 3 Keys to Success]

Fasting while working in the ER

At first, I was hesitant to try fasting at work. Later, I did some “intermittent” fasting at work, which turned out to be pretty easy. Eventually, I tried doing some prolonged fasting while working as well.   Once I figured out how to do it, it was easier than expected, and had some unforeseen benefits.   Today …

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Can You Take Medication While Fasting? [Overview + Examples]

Can you take medication while fasting

Yes – typically it’s ok to take medication while you fast. But it depends on the specific medication.   For example, Tylenol is pretty safe, but insulin and other diabetes medications need to be carefully monitored while fasting. The duration of your fast also matters.   For example, a 3-day water fast will affect your blood sugar …

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Your Step-by-Step Approach to Lose Weight with Fasting [& Conquer Plateaus]

How to Lose Weight by Fasting step by step guide

Recently I wrote an article about why fasting is the best way to reduce body fat (and a lot more effective than counting calories). Today’s article will make a lot more sense if you read that one first.  So if you haven’t yet, go do that now! 🙂   This time around, I’ll share with you …

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Why Fasting Works Better for Weight Loss Than Counting Calories

Why Fasting Is Better for Weight Loss than Counting Calories

For decades, we’ve been told to “eat less, move more”.   In other words, create a “negative energy balance” in your body, and you’ll lose weight. That’s basically what they taught me in medical school, and PA school.  So I assumed it was right.   I’ve since learned better. 🙂 Today I’ll share with you why fasting …

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The Best Books About Fasting & Nutrition [+ Summaries of Each]

Best Fasting Books

I’ve learned a ton from books about fasting. Today I’ll share with you some of the best books about intermittent fasting, extended fasting, and related topics that I’ve found. I’ll also include a summary of each book. Whether you’re a beginner with fasting, or a little more experienced, I think you’ll find some valuable options …

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What Can I Drink While Fasting? [What Helps, What Hurts]

What can I drink while fasting

Sure, fasting means not eating…but what can you drink while fasting? Today I’ll share with you some drinks that are helpful, harmful, or kind of neutral while you fast. By understanding which drinks fall into each category — and why — you’ll be better prepared to make solid decisions and have success with fasting.   Let’s …

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