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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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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Episode 11: Extended Fasting, Weight Loss, Hunger, and more! (Q&A #1)

Today I answer several of your questions, covering various aspects of extended fasting, weight loss, and more. (Full topic list below.)   Topics Addressed: Intro (00:07) What are the benefits of fasting? (1:15) Will fasting wreck your metabolism? (2:07) Extended fasting (3:16) Strict fasting vs dirty / modified fasting (4:20) What if I feel weak or …

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Episode 10: 5 Tips to Survive Holiday Feasts [& what to do afterwards]

Today I share several practical tips about how to deal with holiday feasts.  Plus how to get back on track afterwards.  Hope it helps! Topics Addressed: Introduction & overview (00:07) Tip #1: Don’t show up hungry (2:58) Tip #2: Volunteer to bring a low-carb dish (4:11) Tip #3: If cooking all day, eat a fatty …

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Episode 9: Optimal Nutrition, Diet Fanatics, & Food Ethics with Brian Sanders

Brian Sanders Ben Tanner screenshot

My interview with Brian Sanders about diet fanatics, health myths, food ethics, how to rapidly improve your nutrition, and more! Topics Addressed: Summary / intro (0:00) How I met Brian & what I’ve noticed (1:58) Brian’s journey (3:12) Why are diets dogmatic–like religion and politics? (7:14) Should you do the same diet forever? (9:49) Being …

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Episode 7: How to eat REAL FOOD (& why it matters so much!)

Today I talk about “real food”:  What it is, why it matters, and how you can benefit.  I also share my personal experience, and practical tips to help you make improvements. Topics Addressed Intro / why this matters (00:07) Preview of specific topics I’ll cover (2:08) What is “real food”? (02:47) Specific examples of “real …

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Episode 6: Who Should Fast, and Who Shouldn’t? [No + Maybe + Yes]

Today I walk you through my perspective about who should fast, and who shouldn’t.  I’ve divided it into 3 groups:  Yes, No, & Maybe (but not in that order).   Topics Addressed: Intro – what this episode covers (00:08) Group 1:  “No” (1:11) Group 2: “Maybe” (1:48) Teenagers (2:03) Elderly people (4:05) Binge eating disorder (4:58) …

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Episode 5: 9 Success Tips for Beginners [How to Avoid Common Pitfalls]

Today I’ll share 9 essential tips to help you be successful as a total beginner with intermittent fasting (aka time-restricted eating).   My ultimate goal is to help you be successful with fasting from the very start, so you can improve your health, live longer, and feel better. Topics Addressed Why I’m sharing these tips …

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Episode 4: How to Start Fasting as a Total Beginner [Step #1]

Here I explain the very first step you can take as a complete beginner with intermittent fasting.  Fasting may seem intimidating, or overwhelming. But by starting this way, it’ll be easy from the very start. Topics Addressed Why I don’t run ads, and how you can support the show (0:00) The VERY FIRST step to …

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Episode 3: 9 Key Benefits of Intermittent Fasting (aka Time-Restricted Eating)

Today I cover several important benefits of intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating. I think understanding these health benefits will get you motivated to take action and improve your health! Topics Addressed Intro (00:08) Fasting and blood sugar (2:20) Insulin resistance and why it matters (4:11) Heart disease & other chronic illnesses (6:52) Blood pressure (8:01) …

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Episode 2: My Story (What I’ve Learned, & How I can Help YOU)

Today I share my education, background, and related experiences, and how they prepared me to help YOU improve your health. (Topics & timestamps below.) Topics Addressed My experiences in podiatric medical school (1:04) Switching gears & going to PA school (4:30) Working as a PA (5:13) How I first got interested in the ketogenic diet …

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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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What Breaks a Fast? [How to Figure Out + Specific Examples]

What breaks a fast

The most common question I see from people new to fasting is, “Does _____ break a fast?” Here’s the trouble: It’s not a simple yes or no answer, because every situation is different.   Today I’ll walk you through some general guidelines that can help you decide for yourself if something will “break” your fast. Then …

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Can You Drink LaCroix (or Other Seltzer Water) While Intermittent Fasting?

Can you drink LaCroix or other seltzer water while intermittent fasting

Overall, seltzer water (a.k.a. soda water, sparkling water, or carbonated water) can be a nice replacement for soda, or for diet soda. It doesn’t have sugar like soda, or artificial sweeteners like diet soda.  It’s basically just water with bubbles, so it’s definitely a healthier choice.   But can you drink seltzer water while fasting? The …

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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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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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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Break a Fast? [Full Story + Examples]

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Break a Fast?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has almost no calories and may have some significant health benefits, which makes it a logical supplement to use during fasting.  But does apple cider vinegar “break” a fast?   The short answer is no.  For most people in most situations, apple cider vinegar will not break your fast, and it’s probably …

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Does Alcohol Break a Fast? [The Full Story, Backed by Science]

Does Alcohol Break a Fast

Alcohol is popular, and fasting is getting more popular….but do they go together? Or does alcohol “break” a fast?  Here’s the bottom line. Most alcoholic drinks have some type of sugar, which means they’re not ideal for fasting.   Alcoholic drinks without sugar are probably ok in very small quantities while fasting.   For the whole story, …

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Does MCT Oil Break a Fast? [The Full Story + How to Use It]

Does MCT Oil Break a Fast

In the strictest sense, fasting means not eating anything at all. By that definition, anything you eat would break a fast. But many of us do a type of “fasting” that allows certain supplements, and isn’t super strict.  We still get a ton of health benefits from this modified fasting, and using a few supplements …

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Does Bulletproof Coffee Break a Fast? [Full Story + Examples]

Does Bulletproof Coffee Break a Fast?

Drinking black coffee while you fast is a pretty reasonable thing to do. It has no calories, and in most cases doesn’t “break” a fast.   But what if you add a bunch of fat to your coffee, and call it “Bulletproof” Coffee… Does Bulletproof Coffee break a fast? Here’s the short version:   In general, coffee …

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Does Sucralose Break a Fast? [The Full Story, Backed by Science]

Does sucralose break a fast?

Sucralose (brand name Splenda) is the most popular artificial sweetener in the United States. Sucralose / Splenda says it has zero calories, so it makes sense you’d want to use it while fasting.  But does sucralose break a fast? After researching this topic, here’s my take: You may do okay fasting with sucralose in the …

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