Episode 4: Insulin, Metabolism, And Intermittent Fasting, Night Shifts, Extended Fasts

Extended Fasts


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Welcome to episode 4 of The Intermittent Fasting Podcast, hosted by Melanie Avalon, author of The What When Wine Diet: Paleo And Intermittent Fasting For Health And Weight Loss, and Gin Stephens, author of Delay, Don't Deny: Living An Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle. In this episode, we delve into the science of Intermittent Fasting! We'll discuss the role of insulin in hunger and weight loss, the differences between calorie restriction and intermittent fasting, and how IF affects the metabolism. We also answer listener questions about losing weight with IF when you work night shifts, and provide our thoughts on doing extended (rather than intermittent) fasts.

Note: We had a slight issue with some of the audio quality this episode, but everything will be back to normal next week! ​

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4:15 - The Role Of Insulin In Intermittent Fasting 

15:35 - Calorie Restriction vs. Intermittent Fasting

20: 40 - Intermittent Fasting And The Metabolism

26: 40 - Listener Q&A - Kay: Intermittent Fasting For Night Shift Workers

32:10- Listener Q&A - Barbara: What are the benefits of an extended fast?


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Meal frequency and energy balance.

Resting energy expenditure in short-term starvation is increased as a result of an increase in serum norepinephrine.

Compared with nibbling, neither gorging nor a morning fast affect short-term energy balance in obese patients in a chamber calorimeter.

Feeding frequency and energy balance in adult males.

Effect of 6-Month Calorie Restriction on Biomarkers of Longevity, Metabolic Adaptation, and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Individuals

Long-term Effects of Dieting on Resting Metabolic Rate in Obese Outpatients.

Effect of meal size and frequency on the thermic effect of food


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More on Melanie: MelanieAvalon.com

More on Gin: GinStephens.com

Theme Music Composed By Leland Cox: LelandCox.com

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