Episode 56 The Complete Guide to Fasting with Dr. Jason Fung

Treating thousands of diabetic patients, Dr. Jason Fung realized that the treatment for this disease has become more of a problem than it is solving. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are a growing epidemic, and it has become obvious that the “eat less, move more” advice given to patients is not working. In his attempt to help his patients, Dr. Fung realized that fasting was an easy, economic and necessary tool to transition them to a place where medication was no longer needed and their lives transition back to normal. He will be discussing his new book “The Complete Guide to Fasting” in this episode.

Topics Covered In This Episode:

  • What made you decide to focus on obesity?
  • You are focusing on a lot on diet, is that something that was talked about in medical school?
  • Can you explain what you are observing causes obesity?
  • What is the difference between type I and Type II diabetes?
  • Is the treatment for Type II diabetes affective?
  • How does insulin affect people?
  • Traditionally what is recommended for weight loss?
  • Your book is about fasting, can you tell us what this means?
  • Our society right now is all about snacking and eating all day long, does this have a benefit for us?
  • How can fasting help those who are diabetic?
  • What other benefits does it have?
  • A lot of people will hear the word fasting and think that you’re just starving yourself, can you tell us the difference?
  • Are there other myths that should be dispelled about fasting?
  • What does a fast entail?
  • How can someone get started on fasting if they have never done it before?
  • What types of fasts are there?
  • How often should someone fast?
  • How can you over come the feeling of hunger?
  • What is the feeling of hunger?  Are we actually “hungry”?
  • Does this feeling of hunger go away?
  • What can someone expect to feel on a their first fast?
  • What type of fluids can they have?
  • Can you still exercise during a fast?
  • Is there anyone who shouldn’t fast?
  • If someone is fasting and complications occur, what symptoms should people look out for to know if they should stop their fast?
  • What do you recommend for an overall diet on days people aren’t fasting?
  • How can someone get ahold of you/your book if they have further questions?