Intermittent and Extended Fasting

I have been no stranger to fasting over the past few years, especially intermittent fasting.  Several years ago, during my weight loss adventure, I decided to adopt intermittent fasting while utilizing the ketogenic diet.  At first it began by skipping breakfast (only consuming water and black coffee throughout the morning) and having bulletproof coffee for lunch.  This allowed me to save the vast majority of my allotted calories for the evening.  It was fairly easy to maintain this method for months.  One of the biggest benefits that I gained from this was not having the afternoon brain-fog and tiredness that I normally would.  When the warmer months began to arrive, I dropped the noon-time bulletproof coffee and skipped lunch altogether.  The only reason that I stopped drinking the bulletproof coffee was because I’m not a fan of drinking hot coffee when it’s hot outside.  Since beginning the 20/4 intermittent fasting, I have maintained it.  I only stray from the 20/4 intermittent fasting a few times per month.

Since reading Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers about one year ago, it has opened my eyes to the health benefits to fasting.  Tim’s discussion with Dom D’Agostino has greatly influenced my fasting lifestyle.  Not only do I still fast intermittently, I include one 60+ hour fast per month, and a few times per year I am attempting to extend a few of those 60+ hour fasts into 120+ hour fasts.

I recently came across Thomas DeLauer’s YouTube channel – he is a great resource for information on the ketogenic lifestyle and intermittent fasting.  In his videos, he explains the science behind the video’s topic, but also explains it in a way that is easy to understand.  In DeLauer’s video below, he talks about mTOR vs autophagy and why fasting is beneficial.  Take a look at this video and if you haven’t already, consider incorporating intermittent fasting into your life for the sake of longevity.

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