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Episode 16

Fasting Part 2: The Stall, Eating Disorders & Athletic Performance, with Megan Ramos

Guest: Megan Ramos

Clinical Researcher, Therapeutic Fasting Expert, Co-Founder of The Fasting Method

Key Takeaways

• There are certain people, Dr. K mentions, that seem unable to progress after losing 15-20lbs through intermittent fasting, the so-called “stall”. What advice does Megan have for them?

 

This can happen for a number of reasons, she says. Maybe they’re just not fasting enough. Those 16-18h fasts are not true fasts, she reminds, and people need to fast for longer to see more dramatic results.

 

Others that fall into a “one meal a day” cycle might not be getting what they need out of their schedule. The point of intermittent fasting is for it to be intermittent; their schedule might need more variety.

 

Not snacking makes a HUGE difference.

 

• Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting has not, in Megan’s experience, ever had any issues with worsening eating disorders.

 

It’s important to understand, she says, that fasting actually gives you more, not less freedom. You want that dessert at dinner? Go ahead. You can fast and make it seem like it never happened.

 

In her experience, it has greatly helped people with a negative relationship with food.

 

• Megan and Dr. Fung are currently researching why intermittent fasting has had such a positive effect on people with some autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. So far, their results are promising.

 

• Megan goes out of her way to make her intermittent fasting experience affordable for every price point. For 39$/month, the cost of one meal out, subscribers get a vast array of services. If they want to chip in more for one-on-one coaching, they can do that too.

 

• Intermittent fasting isn’t just for combatting disease; it has seen quite a bit of success amongst athletes as well. Megan mentions how different sports benefit from different schedules, and each athlete’s needs have to be worked out.

Further Readings

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

 

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

 

The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally

Visits Megan Ramos’ site on intermittent fasting

The Fasting Method

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