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How to Make Fasting Easier, Safer and More Effective

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  • KetoFasting combines a cyclical ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting with cyclical partial fasting to optimize health and longevity and support safe detoxification
  • The KetoFast protocol is easier to comply with than multiday water fasting, and provides greater benefits because you’re able to do it far more frequently than you could do multiday water fasting
  • Many of the benefits of fasting occur when you refeed, and this is why cycling in and out of fasting and feasting is so valuable. Half of the process occurs in the absence of food, while the other half occurs when food is reintroduced
  • One of the primary reasons for why you would want to fast is to accelerate autophagy. This is your body’s innate cleanout process, in which damaged mitochondria, proteins and cellular components are digested and then recycled during the regeneration phase, which occurs during refeeding
  • As with other types of extended fasting, you should not do KetoFasting if you are underweight, pregnant, breastfeeding or have an eating disorder

In the podcast above, Chris Kresser — an acupuncturist, licensed integrative medicine clinician and co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine — and I talk about KetoFasting, the program I developed and detail in my latest book, "KetoFast: A Step-By-Step Guide to Timing Your Ketogenic Meals," which launches today. Within a week or two the accompanying KetoFast cookbook will also be released.

My previous book, "Fat for Fuel," released May 16, 2017, became an instant nationwide No. 1 best seller, beating out the No. 2 best-selling book by a significant margin.

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