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Is fasting Really that good for you?

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Created March 19, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Ive heard people say theres no point starving yourself and its better to exercise the weight off. i have kind fasted my whole life i have alwaysed missed breakfast and not eating anything after dinner since i was a child, 12 - 14 hours a day, If that counts as intermittent fasting? But then again i always ate junk.

I have checked myself and im my average body weight for my size but i do have more body fat then id like and have started going to the gym.
I was always taught that If you starve yourself your body will go into the phase "It dont know when the next meal is going to be" So your body will then store more stuff the usual next time you eat just in case it starves again? Is this true or a myth?

Im just trying to get my head around it properly, I read "the Warriors Diet" "Eat Stop Eat" and Martin Berkhan blog but they all go into so much detail about it that it boggles me. Like when Martin Discusses your can have beer as long as you eat protein before and still keep your shape, and continue you diet from then on, He goes into such scientific detail it confused me. Is there just a simple Do's and Dont list somewhere on the internet i can follow for reference?

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on March 20, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Dr. K, are you saying IF is big for life extension- or weight loss, or both?

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:15 PM

When someone on here post something paleo they do.......I want to know why its biologically plausible and then I want to understand it from the 30 ft level.....and more importantly from the 30000 ft level. It gives me the frame of reference for how paleo, biochem, hormone optimization and longevity are weaved into the quilt that is my understanding. Then I can use analogies to disseminate the info to the people who come to see me for their issues.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:32 PM

LOL fair enough.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Thanks for the "Cliff's Notes" :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Dude I dont know how to say it any more simple. Take arginine and ornathine because it modulates this pathway. I put people on 1000 mgs twice a day who are have higher body fat than they want and when they want more muscle. Autophagy is the newest shore in aging and in biochemistry. The science is being discovered as I type.

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:08 PM

"Hope this helps"--yeah, it helps ... if you're a biochemist. Just kidding, Dr. K, +1. Cheers :)

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:01 PM

The real reason IF is big scientifically is autophagy. Google it and learn about why? It stimulates telomerase in many stem cell lines. Protein restriction is how it works and resveratrol also plays a role. Polyamine degredation pathways are important signals to the cellular and mitochondrial DNA. Spermidine is a big polyamine player that is the subject of intense research and lots of money is flowing there from bigpharma. Polyamine levels are tightly regulated, and are therefore kept within a narrow range because of how they effect telomeres. Polyamines play a major role in very basic genetic processes such as DNA synthesis and gene expression. Spermine and spermidine bind to the phosphate backbone of nucleic acids. Spermine and spermidine are derivatives of putrescine (1,4-diaminobutane) which is produced from L-ornithine by action of ODC (ornithine decarboxylase). L-ornithine is the product of L-arginine degradation by arginase. Another reason I have all my patients on this supplement who are trying to change body composition......arginine and ornathine are known to increase IGF1.....due to increase GH release. Hope this helps.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:32 PM

LOL fair enough.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:08 PM

"Hope this helps"--yeah, it helps ... if you're a biochemist. Just kidding, Dr. K, +1. Cheers :)

Bcb9716d5d40965c0045c7d226cd17c2

(145)

on March 20, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Dr. K, are you saying IF is big for life extension- or weight loss, or both?

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on March 19, 2011
at 08:24 PM

Thanks for the "Cliff's Notes" :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 19, 2011
at 09:15 PM

When someone on here post something paleo they do.......I want to know why its biologically plausible and then I want to understand it from the 30 ft level.....and more importantly from the 30000 ft level. It gives me the frame of reference for how paleo, biochem, hormone optimization and longevity are weaved into the quilt that is my understanding. Then I can use analogies to disseminate the info to the people who come to see me for their issues.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 19, 2011
at 08:12 PM

Dude I dont know how to say it any more simple. Take arginine and ornathine because it modulates this pathway. I put people on 1000 mgs twice a day who are have higher body fat than they want and when they want more muscle. Autophagy is the newest shore in aging and in biochemistry. The science is being discovered as I type.

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:38 PM

This was the article (essay) that finally convinced me to incorporate regular 16-24 hours fasts into my lifestyle:

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1834

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