Fasting topics

The programme counsels against snacking or grazing but having read the book, I don't understand why this would not be ok, provided it took place within the EatSpan interval and only included foods e.g., protein snacks which would not provoke an insulin response.

All food which supplies energy-carbs, fats and protein provoke an insulin response. The magnitude of the insulin response is greatest for carbs, then protein and then fat. Thus, if you snack during EatSpan, you will excite release of insulin and as insulin prevents fat burning, you will reduce fat loss. Your digestive system does not differentiate a snack from a meal; thus, all snacks are meals in Whisperer HQ.

Can I follow the Whisperer Plan having had my gall bladder removed?

Yes, you can follow the ‘TheDiet Whisperer: 12-Week Reset Plan’ following gall bladder removal. There are some special considerations, and you will need to discuss these with your doctor before embarking on the Whisperer Plan.

When fasting, are all herbal teas ok (instead of black tea)? And what about ginger and lemon slices?

It can be a little confusing to understand what drinks maintain a fast; but here goes.

Fasting and ‘no snacking’ means avoiding all food and drinks which supply energy,as they excite release of insulin. When insulin is circulating, fat burning is prevented. Any drink that supplies energy, in the form ofsugar, fat or protein causes insulin release. The amount of insulin released varies depending on the macronutrient.

Water, black coffee, black tea, green tea, white tea and natural herbal teas do not supply energy and can be drunk during a fast or between meals.

Beware that packaged herbal teas can be deceptive and may have added sugar, such as dried fruit and other additives. So yes, to herbal teas, when fasting, but only those without sugar or other additives. Drinks must not contain any milk, honey, cream, sweeteners or sugar. Now that is the perfect world.

We are frequently asked if a lemon slice or root ginger in hot water breaks your fast. Commercial ginger and lemon teas are very likely to have added sugar, so they should be avoided. Technically, the answer is that a lemon slice and a piece of root ginger do break your fast, as there is a minuscule amount of energy in both drinks. But, it may be an option that you need to pursue.

Here are the things to consider: A large ice cube sized piece of ginger has 1g of carbs. This gives up 4 calories when our bodies digest it. But you aren’t eating the ginger, so the amount you get in your drink is much less than one gram of carbs. You could argue that this is insignificant in the scheme of things and then incorporate ginger tea into your fasting regime. A piece of ginger in hot water is clearly a better option than breaking your fast.

People also wonder about adding a slice of lemon to water and it is essentially the same argument as for ginger. The slice of lemon, if not squeezed, nor eaten supplies less than one gram of carbs.

You will be able to work out what works for you, and you may feel that you need the ginger or lemon slice, in hot water to help you along the way, during your fast.

I have health problems including diabetes and blood pressure. Do you think this will work for me as I need to lose the weight to try and get back to being healthier?

Yes, this will work for you. Many whisperers have reversed their diabetes and stopped their tablets, having followed the Whisperer Plan and others with pre-diabetes have returned to a normal metabolism.

Diabetes can be reversed by losing weight about 10% of your body weight. And you can do this by following the with the Diet Whisperer Plan.

I fast from 15.00 and normally take my fish oil at night. Will this break my fast?

Fats are difficult to digest and eating fats alone, without a meal may reduce the absorption of the fats and thus the micronutrients in the fish oil. You would do better to take fish oil with a meal, before your fast.

Does Bullet coffee break your fast?

Yes. Bullet coffee supplies energy and thus breaks your fast.

Fasting and ‘no snacking’ means avoiding all food and drinks which supply energy,as they excite release of insulin. When insulin is circulating, fat burning is prevented. Any drink that supplies energy, in the form ofsugar, fat or protein causes insulin release. The amount of insulin released varies depending on the type of macronutrient.

While bullet coffee does not have any carbs, it has 39g of fat per cup. Fat alone stimulates the secretion of insulin, albeit it a smaller response than that seen with sugar.

Does milk break a fast?

Yes. Milk supplies energy and thus breaks your fast.

Fasting and ‘no snacking’ means avoiding all food and drinks which supply energy,as they excite release of insulin. When insulin is circulating, fat burning is prevented. Any drink that supplies energy, in the form ofsugar, fat or protein causes insulin release. The amount of insulin released varies depending on the type of macronutrient.

One cup of milk has the following macronutrients: Carbs 13g, fat 4g and protein 4g, which will result in insulin release.

I have a question when fasting will brushing my teeth break a fast?

No, you can brush your teeth during a fast. In fact, good dental hygiene lowers the risk of heart disease, so carry on!

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