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Posted on 20-Feb-2019

Dr Nikki Fisicaro

Intermittent Fasting

These days we are told to do the opposite of fasting which is snacking. If you eat, for example, a piece of toast for breakfast, a skim latte mid-morning, a sushi roll for lunch, a piece of fruit in the afternoon and pasta for dinner and a scoop of ice-cream before bed, you have given your body at least six surges of insulin in a matter of twelve hours…and that’s not counting the times you reached for the cookie jar!

This is sending a message to our fat and liver cells to store glucose five times a day. When we don’t eat (i.e. when we fast), we don’t spike our insulin, we don’t encourage fat storage by the liver and fat cells and we start to tap into our fat stores for energy.

Fasting is not a new concept - it has been around for generations. Snacking is a new concept introduced in the last few decades (around the same time everyone started becoming obese and diabetic.) Many cultures and religions fast as a way of cleansing the body and mind.

WARNING: Fasting can be dangerous without appropriate supervision, especially for diabetics or those taking prescribed medications. Always consult your LCHF-friendly doctor first. Fasting is not recommended for pregnant women and children. For a list of LCHF friendly doctors in Australia, see the link below:

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