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0:00 The worst type of fasting
0:10 Alternate day fasting
0:23 5:2 fasting pattern
0:38 Why are these fasting patterns bad?
1:35 Good fasting patterns
2:49 Two important takeaways

Today we’re going to talk about the worst type of fasting you could do. I’m going to touch on two fasting patterns in this video.

Alternate day fasting is when you would fast for one day, and then the next day, you would eat whatever you wanted. There is also a version of this pattern where you’re actually still consuming about 500 calories on the days that you’re fasting.

With the 5:2 fasting pattern, you can eat whatever you want for five days, and then you fast for two days. This pattern also allows you to have about 500 calories on the days that you’re fasting.

These two patterns of fasting are bad because it takes 3-7 days to get into ketosis. Fasting for 1-2 days is not long enough to get into ketosis, especially when you’re actually still consuming 500 calories.

With these fasting patterns, you won’t generate enough ketones for your brain to feel good. You could end up miserable, hungry, grouchy, and you could have cravings.

Fasting patterns that I believe work are the:
• 18:6 — Fasting for 18 hours with a 6-hour eating window.

• 20:4 (even better) — Fasting for 20 hours with a 4-hour eating window.

These fasting patterns can produce a lot of benefits. You also:
• Won’t be hungry
• Won’t have cravings
• Won’t be grouchy

Something else to note is that it only takes a small amount of carbs to knock you out of ketosis for a good amount of time.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 55, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg’s Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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