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Fasting, Weight Loss, and Autophagy

I am doing further research on the subject of repairing the body on a cellular level and the how fasting can play a huge role in it. Today I will see my doctor again as a follow up to a prior visit and most likely any help that can, or will be extended, will be in the form of harsh pharmaceuticals only. Not my gig, but I with little choices and running out of time, I will have to do what needs to be done. The last straw for me now is the subject of fasting and what happens to the body. I will quote an article by Christian Coulson from 2020.

Fasting is not only for weight loss but also autophagy, something I never even heard of before and here is a closer look to what happens to us during the fast.

The Fed State (0-6 hours) After having your last meal, blood glucose levels rise. The increase will promote insulin secretion and stimulate protein synthesis as a signal to move glucose into the cell to be used as energy. The excess glucose will then be stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. The liver will store glycogen to reduce blood glucose and have energy during times of low food availability. The liver, however, can only store around 100g of glycogen and the excess is stored as fat.

The postabsorptive stage (6-24 hours) after 6 hours, blood glucose levels start to decrease, this leads to a decrease in insulin and an increase in glucagon, furthermore, the liver breaks down glycogen into glucose to be used as energy. When there is no intake of glucose, glucagon will serve to move glycogen stores as well as to prevent fatty acid synthesis.

Gluconeogenic stage (1-2 days) After 24 hours, you’ve used most of your glycogen stores. Consequently, your body starts transitioning from using glucose to using fat for energy. However, due to fats being difficult to access and be delivered where needed, this transition can take some time. Meanwhile, your body breaks down amino acids into glucose for energy in a process called gluconeogenesis.

Ketonic stage (2-3 days) One of the stages of fasting is the ketonic stage. At this point, your body starts entering ketosis. The decrease in insulin serves as a signal of low energy availability and promotes the break down of fats for energy. Fats are broken down into three fatty acids and glycerol. Fatty acids will be used as energy by most tissues. Glycerol, on the other hand, will be used to produce glucose, since some other tissues, such as the brain and red blood cells still need it.

Protein conservation (4+ days) After day four, your body relies mostly on fatty acids and ketones for energy. It also releases Hugh amounts of human growth hormone to maintain tissues and muscle mass.

Depending on how big your last meal was, you can expect to start burning fat after fasting for 6-24 hours. For most people, it ends up being around 12 hours. When you enter a fasted state, your body can burn the stored fat that it couldn’t access during the fed state. Here is a more in depth look

4-8 hours. Blood sugar and insulin levels drop.

12 hours. Food eaten has most likely been burned, digestive system starts resting, body begins the healing process, human growth hormone (HGH) increases, and glucagon is released to balance blood sugar.

14 hours. HGH keeps increasing and body begins to burn fat as energy.

16 hours. Fat burning increases.

18 hours. HGH increases even more.

18-20 hours. Autophagy starts to kick in and ketones are released.

36 hours. Autophagy increases by 300%.

48 hours. Cellular regeneration starts, and inflammation starts going down. Autophagy increases 30% more.

72 hours. Autophagy peaks.

Autophagy stands for cellular regeneration. During fasting, since you are not eating, your body is not getting enough nutrients. The lack of nutrients will force your body to break down old proteins and cells to get energy. Basically, autophagy forces your body to clean out the old, unwanted, and unneeded cells, as well as recycling and fixing damaged parts. During the period of refeeding, your body then starts creating new cells. Many people use fasting and autophagy to prevent cancer by destroying old cells.

All in all it sounds like a great opportunity to explore for me. Not only for getting a few extra pounds off and weight loss, but mainly to follow my theory on the subject to “Fix the cell to be well.” I think it is worth a try and I will definitely give it the green light.


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22 thoughts on “Fasting, Weight Loss, and Autophagy

  1. I found that if I gradually have a later and later breakfast (started with one day a week and went up to three days a week…Mon, Wed, Fri), until I phase it out all together I was feeling great. My last food was at about 5.30pm the previous day and I then went without anything until about 10.30am the next day which gave me a 17 hr fasting window and even then it would only be a coffee or juice with something light but high nutritionally like a fruit & nut bar. Worked like a charm…until my reaction to my medicine which threw all endocrine (and other) functions out the door. But before that it was fantastic. Great post my friend, may it bring that balance within ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. I have done that before too and in a way did an intermittent fast. It doesn’t bother me at all to skip breakfast and many I have felt better as well. Or when I eat mostly liquid and very light. I hope it can work for me and I haven’t started yet. People say wait until after Germany because it will sap your energy, but then I need to do it to feel better and healthier so I can tackle Germany. I guess I will just have to try for myself and see how it goes. 🙏🏼💙

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      1. I think most things like that can initially flatten you a bit as your body removes and then adjusts to the change but by about week 2 or 3 you will be firing on all cylinders. I was only so gentle because of my ‘bits’. If Germany is still a few months away it may help to try a smaller version and see how your response is, you may feel the goodness and just go for it 😂 🤣 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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      2. Germany is next week and I leave on the 14th. But I love the idea and since it never bothered me much to do this unintentional intermittent fast, I think I might be ok. 😜😂😉

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      3. Oh sorry dear lady, I thought it was still a few weeks away (for some strange reason May keeps bobbing into my head 🤣). That 14th is a bit close but hey, you’ll be fine then if your heart is already singing its praises 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  2. I always thought you lost muscle fibre first, that fat is long term energy storage…that is why fat is so hard to get rid of…I understand the appeal of fasting, but it seems rather masochistic…pain is pleasure sometimes. I’m not sure anybody really understands the enourmously complex subject of nutrition and diet…just a lot of guesses…😊😊😊

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    1. I used to feel the same, saying everything that doesn’t kill me makes me only tougher. I have a high threshold tolerance to pain and I constantly strive to embrace the pain. To sit with it and become aware of it, but once it robs you of basic functions and your life os overshadowed by a constant pain that never goes away, it’s no longer pleasure.
      And you are right and I don’t think there is always a one fits all solution. We are all different and unique and even guesses and sharing one’s successes can be welcome and might make a world of difference for another. 🤗🤗🤗

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      1. Thanks, that is food 😊 for thought. I’m just kind of suspicious of “authorities” on diet and nutrition. I respect more the authority of ordinary people and the past and my own experience…thanks! ❤️❤️

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  3. I really liked this post. I liked it because it was factual, and science based. I like medications and supplements, but I LOVE that my body has the capacity to heal and be healthy, and there are things that are within my capabilities that I can do to make it more likely.


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