My blood sugar has been goofy (high) lately. So I bought a book called The Obesity Code by Jason Fung, M.D. There were a couple of interesting tidbits in it which I think are epic. First and most epic for me since turning Primal is the little known fact (at least I didn’t know it) was that protein causes insulin to be released! Insulin is the fat storage hormone. Hmmmm. I’m a caveman, so I eat my fair share of animal protein. So protein doesn’t increase blood sugar, but it does increase insulin and if you’re not careful may cause weight gain. Holy cow! Dairy is even more insulogenic. This I knew and if I want to get the scale moving again I stay away from dairy. The other item of note, in a quote from the book is, “All diets are successful, all diets fail!”. What he means by this is if you undertake a diet, you will have initial success. But if you stay on the diet, your body will figure out what you’re doing and you’ll hit that darn weight loss plateau and may even gain back the weight you lost! The key to getting around this is fasting. Not many people fast anymore and if you just add this component to your diet and mix it up a little bit, you’ll be able to keep your body guessing and you will be able to keep losing weight!
So as I was saying, I noticed my blood sugar had been running high for a while. I couldn’t put my finger on anything specific, so I did a fast. I ate breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and didn’t eat any solid food again till Sunday morning at 11am. I was allowed to drink coffee, tea and broth. I made a vegetable broth and had a cup on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for lunch along with some tea for dinner and a whole lot of water during the day. I walked 4 miles each day, swam, did sit ups and then went to work! There were a few time that I noticed I was hungry, but they past rather quickly. On Sunday morning, I didn’t feel like I had to eat solid food, but that was my goal, 92 hours, and I just wanted to eat something again! So I had some Bullet Proof Coffee, more coffee, an omelet with avocado and a avocado kombucha smoothie for a drink.
Now my blood sugars were steadily going down during this whole thing and my ketones were going up! Ketones are produced when your body switches from burning sugar to burning fat. In this case, my fat. I lost over 13 pounds and felt absolutely fantastic! I had tons of energy! Saturday night was busy at the restaurant and that was no problem, plus when the shift was over, I did all the cleaning work I normally would do on Monday! When your body produces a lot of insulin over a along period of time your body becomes insulin resistant. When you’re in this state, losing weight is very hard to do and I was even gaining some weight back. I figured my insulin resistance was related to all my mindless and sometimes not so mindless cheating. I’d have cold coffees at work with heavy cream and a little agave nectar. If I had nothing to do at work or at home, I’d eat a piece of cheese and some nuts. I eat a meal even though I wasn’t hungry, etc, etc. Just too much food, and a lot of time the wrong food, going down the hatch. So the fast did a major metabolic reset for me. After I ate breakfast about 2 hours later my blood sugar was 126 and ketones were 1.2. Not bad. I decided to do another 40 minute walk, got 30 minutes of sun and swam for another 15 minutes. After that, my blood sugar was 90 and ketones 1.9. Wow! Very good!
I highly recommend fasting! You don’t have to go bonkers like I did. Start out with a 12 hour fast. Go to 18. Then do a 24 hour. Baby steps!