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The Science

In the last 20 years there have been 10,000 scientific publications on fasting.

This research consistently demonstrates that fasting is one of the best methods for reducing excess body fat, reversing Type II diabetes, improving the outlook for many types of cancer, increasing longevity, and reducing the symptoms of many inflammatory related diseases.

While many in the scientific community have awakened to the powerful benefits of fasting, there is still quite a gap between what the scientists and what most beach-readers know about this powerful practice.

Our intent is to help eliminate this knowledge gap. We believe that everyone should have the right to benefit from fasting.

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Stories from real fasters in our community

Jon’s lost 300 lbs with fasting and keto

Marchon is naturally reversing Type II and High BP

Carol lost 84 lbs with fasting

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Latest Questions Answered

Is fasting healthy and safe?

IN AN EGGSHELL: YES. Fasting has been around for centuries. We have simply lost touch with this ancient practice in our current culture, which has a focus on excess consumption. To quote Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, “to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.”

FOR THE NERDS (like us!): Most of us grew up with poorly researched public health information (For those in the U.S. remember the old food pyramid?) and Western doctors typically receive just a few hours of training on diet and nutrition during medical school and almost nothing after. Many perpetuate outdated beliefs such as the number of calories in vs. the number of calories out is what determines whether we are slim or carrying excess weight. However, medical research now shows that within less than one year, calorie-restrictive diets have a 99% failure rate.

What leading-edge doctors are showing increasingly is that obesity and many inflammation-related conditions stem from hormonal issues. New research from: and work done by the following authors: Dr. Jason Fung, Megan Ramos, Dr. Annette Bozworth, Dr. Berg, Dr. Perez, (and many others) continue to shed more light on what actually causes our bodies to store excess fat and causes so many of these inflamation-related diseases. What is particularly exciting about these revelations are that people are successfully reversing obesity, Type II diabetes, and chronic inflammation-related conditions through fasting alone. And, if your goal is to drop (and keep off) 10 or 20 lbs. Yup, fasting will work for you too!

No medications, no excessive exercise plans, just simply skipping meals. It turns out our bodies don’t really need or want as much food as we’re typically giving them. The real work is to undo the mental and physical ‘craving’ habits that our culture has imprinted on us.

Doesn't fasting put your body into starvation mode?

IN AN EGGSHELL: No.

FOR THE NERDS (like us!):
Skipping a few meals will not put you into starvation mode. Obviously, if you are already below 10% body fat, you may be in starvation mode (and this may be an indication of an eating disorder). As most of us are not extreme athletes, being below 10% body fat is not something we have to worry about.

Isn’t fasting just another fad diet?

IN AN EGGSHELL: NO. First, fasting is not a diet. It is just a WHEN of eating. One of the biggest advantages is that you can eat any type of food that works well for you when you are not actively fasting. And, it has benefits that are tremendous. In the same way running is good for you, but running 24/7 for weeks or months at a time without rest would be bad for your body, eating constantly (particularly a Processed Food Diet) is not good for your body either. You need food periodically, but your digestive system also needs periods of rest.
Each night when you are asleep do you eat? If not, you’re already doing some fasting over night! We’re just talking about extending that break for a bit longer.

FOR THE NERDS (like us!): There are several great things that happen for your body when you fast:
Insulin falls – Which allows your cells to release and burn stored fat. When insulin is high (caused by frequent eating or lots of sugar/carb rich foods) your fat stores are unable to release fat because your body is continuing to send your cells signals that there is food coming and they need to continue storing!
Human Growth Hormone –
Autophagy –
Mental clarity due to Norepinephrine –
And, others we are just starting to learn about!

What can fasting help with?

IN AN EGGSHELL: A lot. Scientific research has shown strong evidence that it helps with: [Fill in here] And, many fasters also report it helps with: [bloating, fatigue, appetite suppression (counter intuitive, I know)…]

FOR THE NERDS (like us!): Here’s what we have hard proof of thus far… [site articles]

Won’t I be hungry? / Isn’t it hard to fast?

IN AN EGGSHELL: It can be, especially when you are first starting. But we promise it gets easier and easier with practice. That’s why we’re here! We want to help get you over the hump and into LOVING this lifestyle. It has been such a game changer for us and we just know it will be for you too.

FOR THE NERDS (like us!): Your ghrelin decreases overtime…

Aren't we supposed to be eating 4 - 6 meals per day?

NO. If we had to name the top three root causes most responsible for the weight gain we’ve seen over the last half-century it is: sugar and refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and frequent snacking. There is NO scientific basis for needing to eat every few hours and it can actually be quite unhealthy.

But, can I fast if…

I’m a Type II diabetic: YES! If you are insulin, metformin, or other medications you will definitely want to consult with a doctor who is familiar with the effects of fasting and this cutting-edge research to make sure you are decreasing medications as you restore your natural insulin sensitivity. Not doing so can cause serious health risks!

I’m pregnant or breast feeding: You are one of the few who should not fast, you probably should wait until after you have had your baby and finished with breast-feeding before embarking on your fasting journey. The good news is, it is a fantastic way to lose the excess baby weight quickly and re-balance your hormones.

I don’t want to change what I eat. I am (plant-based, keto, vegan, carnivore, ice cream only, etc.):

IN AN EGGSHELL: Great. You don’t have to change your food choices one single bit. You just change WHEN you consume them.

FOR THE NERDS (like us!): As you eat less frequently and reset your hormones a lot of people will start to change their diets to enhance results, to avoid sugar crashes, or because they notice more easily food sensitivities and reactions when they give their body periods of rest from all foods. But, there is absolutely no obligation to do so and you will meet fasters on just about every type of diet known to mankind.

Because of my life or work I can’t adhere to a strict schedule:
No problem! Fast when you can, don’t when you can’t. It is as flexible as you need it to be. Of course, for maximum results there are certain protocols that are recommended, but you can do those when you have time and make it work when you can’t. Starting (even if it is very inconsistent or short fasting windows) is always better than not starting. Fasting will adapt to you, your life, and your schedule.

What are the downsides to fasting?
IN AN EGGSHELL: There really aren’t many! The biggest one is that if you’re on medications (particularly for BP, Type II Diabetes, etc.) you will likely need to reduce your dosage pretty quickly — so it is important to work with a knowledgeable medical professional who can help you to adapt to this powerful new way of living.  

FOR THE NERDS (like us!): In the beginning, it can be tough to get used to skipping meals. Some people experience headaches when they first begin fasting, but they typically go away after the initial adaption (and plenty of salt and water). The nice thing with fasting is if you feel like something isn’t working for you, you can just break your fast and eat. It is not like a medication where you may have to wait days or even weeks to slowly wean yourself off to avoid side effects.

I am prone to getting “HANGRY” when I miss even one snack…

Believe it or not. You can fast too! And, this will start to change with time. For those prone to Hangry fits, we recommend starting very gradually and building up slowly to ensure no heads are bitten off of partners, kids, coworkers, friends, traffic cops, sweet librarians, etc. We get it. We used to get hangry too. While Hangryitis is not something we explicitly listed above as one of the illnesses cured by fasting, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest it probably should be.

 

How do I get started?

You’re going to love it! And, honestly it is easier than you’re probably thinking. We will help you learn the best way to start (hard won findings from thousands of fasters experiences): get started here!