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31 Aug 2008 10:16 #1204 by TheFastDoctor
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I've been doing one day fasting per week for more than a quarter century now, and never looked back. Remeber that a fast starts only when the blood sugar and liver glycogen is used up.. that takes at least 24 hours after you last ingested any nutrients, and does not occur if you are on fruit.. whether they were chewed by your teeth or a machine makes no difference. I do a bare bone minimum of 30 hours, usually 40, sometimes up to 70 hours once every week.

The idea of \"depriving\" is wrong. You don't deprive your muscles when you let them rest. So why would you deprive your digestive system when you let it rest? There's enough of all essential nutrients in a reasonably normal body to last you about 40 days.. so one day at a time is no issue concerning nutrients.

I believe every day you eat you become a day older. Within limits, every day you fast, you become a day younger.. or at least do not age as quickly. Remember your body can process only a certain volume of each nutrient in a lifetime. So every fasting day saves your \"lifetime allowance\" for later..

André

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31 Aug 2008 14:55 #1210 by AmunRa
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This leaves open the question of how do I compensate for the fact that I'm eating fewer calories on a permanent basis? My thought has been I should eat more (healthfully) when not fasting to make sure my overall caloric intake is more or less the same.

As it is, I lose a terrible amount of weight on a fast and I'm already pretty skinny. 5'11 and 155. My goal is to weigh MORE. Something like 180 is my target, and I've never been able to break 170. So what do you recommend?

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01 Sep 2008 02:11 #1217 by TheFastDoctor
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I would like to know what 5'11 and 155 means.. you are likely not 5 meters tall nor weigh 155 kilograms. Sorry but I don't quite understand the units from the Imperial past..

Having treated a number of people suffering from Anorexia Nervosa with fasting, I have noted it does help if approached correctly. BUT people are different and unique. You can increase the energy intake on your non fasting days using vegetable oils. Remember that protein or carbohydrate contain only about 17 kilojoules per gram whilst fat (or oil) contains about 35. I sometimes make up a high energy drink with fruit juice, raw egg and vegetable oil plus honey, all in a liquidiser, taking a few seconds to drink and giving you a huge amount of energy (joules/calories).

Renember however that we can consume and process only a limited volume of nutrients in a lifetime, and the slower we ingest them, the longer the \"allowance\" will last.

You can also conserve energy by dressing warm, so you don't radiate so much heat from your body. Bear in mind that the bulk of energy goes into maintaining body heat.

André

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01 Sep 2008 02:19 #1218 by AmunRa
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Firstly, my dimensions are more in line with a fashion model than a boxer or a special forces soldier. I'm looking to remedy that.

Secondly, I'll happily shave a few years off the tail end of my life if it means being more proportionate. I am curious to know how your method of life-extension and age-defying reconciles with the fact that the equally important aspect of physical activity demands increased caloric intake.

A human being who is getting a muscular and cardiovascular workout daily (as they should) needs a lot of calories. A soldier in bootcamp consumes upwards of 7000 calories a day! Ideally we should all be so active, and without that kind of nourishment we'd waste away.

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01 Sep 2008 03:01 #1219 by TheFastDoctor
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Agreed. We would likely all sacrifice a few years of quantity in exchange for quality.

The observations come from 2 sources:

1. Laboratory studies found that rats being fed only 66% of their \"RDA\" of energy and other nutrients were more energetic, fertile, had less disease nad lived upt to 50% longer than their siblings being given either 100% of RDA or free access to food. Sure, we're not rats but..

2. It has been observed by the WHO that in the remote valles of Kazakhstan, people were often observed working the lands at the age of 100+; when their diet was analyzed it was found to be \"balanced\" but \"deficient in all nutrients\", once again about 2/3rds.

Some of these studies were published on CNN.com over the past few years.

I try never to have more than 3000 (kilo)calories per day, and a recent examination showed me lagging about 10 years behind chronological age. This examination included fitness testing, blood analyses, organ functions, etc.

Remember that very thin people carry only a thin layer of fat under the skin, so you lose a lot of energy by radiating it into the environment.. once you start gaining weight it gets progressively easier.

But if you have trouble putting on, it is really imperative to have your thyroid functions measured.

I know many patients that have never been \"so active\" and are very healthy indeed. Bear in mind that we are all different, and a high level of physical activity is not the best for \"all\".. we tend to \"set\" our ideal activity level relatively early in life, and those who are sedentary lifelong adapts.. and can be healthy provided they don't over-eat.

Of course physical activity is important but once again is, like eating, not a panacea. Most scientists today beleive it's about 50-50 diet and exercise that keeps us young.. on average. For some unique individuals it could be 80-20.

Listen to your body and be kind to it. It's likely the only one you'll ever have...

André

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13 Mar 2013 01:18 #15717 by burn2crash
burn2crash replied the topic: Re:A new habit
Hello Doctor,
I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if there is a hyperlink or publication indicating that the body can only process only a limited volume of nutrients in a lifetime (I would like to learn more about this)

Thank you

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