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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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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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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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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