Benefits of intermittent fasting with life and wine | Toronto doctors at forefront

Have you heard of the craze with intermittent fasting? Have you tried it? Not like you did in undergrad because you spent all your semester money on "books" in the first two weeks! 

We are ruminating and scribing about the craze that was, in part, started or, at least, made en vogue by Dr. Jason Fung. Toronto's own! Dr. Jason Fung, MD, is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets. He has written the bestselling health books: The Obesity Code, The Complete Guide to Fasting, The Diabetes Code, and The Longevity Solution!

Dr. Fung graduated from the University of Toronto and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

More Canadian content. George St. Pierre (known as the GOAT in the mixed martial arts game) said it changed his life! 

Also, Dr. Peter Attia, originally from Toronto, is a doctor in longevity. They are both proponents in their own way! He s also the first person to make the round-trip swim from Maui and Lanai.


 As stated by Dr. Fung, "Intermittent fasting, simply stated, is cycling between periods of fasting and eating. It’s currently a very popular method to lose weight and improve health.

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Yup! We did some re-searching and searching and here it what came up! 

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You only live once for the dinosaurs out there! (And we miss dinosaurs as well! Who does not?) 
You are saying 1200 calories diet? That is my Saturday brunch six egg omelet! (But you are not smashing much after that but the remote and the pillow!) 
So what seems like a great idea may be holding you back in life and making you sluggish? 
So skipping a meal may make you more efficient? Say what? I though momma said (life is like a box of chocolates) and never miss breakfast. 

Fasting is the voluntary withholding of food. It’s done by someone who is not underweight and thus has enough stored body fat to live off. Again, no medical advice here so consult the professionals but it may be of interest if you are moving away from the Bacardi 151 and fast food diet! Perhaps, eating a little less and eating more when you need it, while meeting your dietary needs, is better than the time you rolled into Mandarin buffet and considered calling an ambulance for a ride home. (We got love for all restaurants but the buffet idea may be the start of some of our problems. The notion that we need to eat to the level of point where we are on the verge of discomfort applies to wine as well. Read below!)

Power in words. Breakfast...BREAK THE FAST. Well hopefully you do not have the pizza beside the bed so you can take a bite when you are intermittently coming out of dreams for food! 

Break the fast a little different. Start small. Hit that indoor workout and try to only eat what is necessary. 

Savour the wine. Savour the food. Eat slower. Drink slower. You will naturally learn to eat and drink in a way that appreciates what you eat. Your body will also give you feedback, along the way, so you can gauge if you need more or less. 
If if that has not sold you, check out this podcast with Joe Rogan and Peter Attia
The recent research means you live long and who does not want to live longer? (And please don't retort in the comment with some line from Freddy Mercury and Queen with "Who Wants to Live Forever" because how much better would life have been with Queen playing at the Scotia!) 
And don't think we are padding Joe Rogan's wallet because that thing is about to burst like some MMA fighter's ears (they get those from wrestling - called cauliflower ears) as he just inked a 100 mill deal with Spotify! Good for him as we have learned tons over the years from his diverse cast. 
Giving credit to Dr. Fung! Compliments to him but think about those complementary systems: 
So, two complementary food energy storage systems exist in our bodies. One is easily accessible but with limited storage space (glycogen), and the other is more difficult to access but has almost unlimited storage space (body fat).
When we eat, more food energy is ingested than can immediately be used. Some of this energy must be stored away for later use. Insulin is the key hormone involved in the storage of food energy.

The process goes in reverse when we do not eat (intermittent fasting). Insulin levels fall, signaling the body to start burning stored energy as no more is coming through food. Blood glucose falls, so the body must now pull glucose out of storage to burn for energy.

Glycogen is the most easily accessible energy source. It is broken down into glucose molecules to provide energy for the body’s other cells. This can provide enough energy to power much of the body’s needs for 24-36 hours. After that, the body will primarily be breaking down fat for energy


So hence you hear "working out on an empty stomach!" But again, moderation! No ultra marathons without the necessary fuel or you can experience the almight cramping. 

An no drinking on an empty stomach. So think about how you want to feel before and after! 

So the body only really exists in two states – the fed (insulin high) state and the fasted (insulin low) state. Either we are storing food energy (increasing stores), or we are burning stored energy (decreasing stores). It’s one or the other. If eating and fasting are balanced, then there should be no net weight change.

Last but not least, our wines are not sugary! With these tips in mind, you will be treating your body with the care that a car guy treats his whip. Whip yourself into shape with the body-mind connection! 

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