Age, Ageing and Being Masters!

Long Road to Six Packs!

‘Learn to age gracefully’ was an uninvited comment when there was a discussion on my pettiness to hide my age.

That was a challenge. And I decided to take it up. Luckily I didn’t choose to be resigned to the natural process. I decided to challenge it a bit.

Intermittent fasting has been the proverbial ‘paradigm shift’. And I plunged on sincerely. It works.

Perhaps another important factor is my ability to interact comfortably with any age group, particularly with the very young. It’s actually a revelation, you get to learn many things from the youth and it’s marvellous.

Being physically fit is a dream. We say ‘happiness is……… (many things)! What if ‘happiness is when you look at the bathroom mirror’!

That’s when the six packs become important. It’s harder when you are older. But perhaps not impossible.

I always remember my teenage dream of acquiring six packs, shave the head and walk around in black tight T-shirt. The hair part is done, and I learned shaving off the bits left. The mission is to get the other and of course the T-shirt is on sale.

Oh, I started with ageing gracefully. Masters Games is the answer. Now I can be better in my age group and feel happy with the number in age.

Happy to be the Master Games Medalist, Fitness Consultant aspiring to wear a six pack.

Age, Ageing and Being Masters!

The ‘No Pain, No Gain’ Mantra!

It’s so true in almost everything, perhaps in everything good and desirable.

We say this mantra, especially when we refer to working out in the gym for better health.

Then the same should be applicable to the best wellness program, Intermittent Fasting!

Intermittent Fasting is a top subject when it comes to better health and benefits. And when something is so popular, it’s only natural that a whole lot of people start giving opinions.

Giving information is good, but not so when commercial interests work on it.

We need to be guarded again such attempts to corrupt a good thing for business interest.

A case in point is the view that one shouldn’t miss breakfast. But then breakfast is the most branded meal with a number of multinationals producing breakfast items. We don’t know if breakfast is unbreakable or it’s the lobby saying it.

When we read research on Intermittent Fasting and it’s goal of autophagy, it’s clear that clean fasting is better and if you can do dry fasting, then it’s even better.

But there are people saying that black coffee, black tea, herbs, good fat, green drinks etc are okay while fasting. Well here we can see some multinational product lobby, probably hiding behind.

So, do Intermittent Fasting the clean way with only water. If you are comfortable enough try dry fasting in between or more.

But if you are willing to dilute the best results with some calories from black coffee etc. do it. But only if you’re already on coffee or tea. But please don’t start an addiction for the sake of it.

Just remember, ‘no pain, no gain’.

Like I always offer, if interested in starting the best wellness program with unbiased advice and discussions, join our exclusive group where privacy is assured. Send your interest to my whatsapp number +91 9400056031.

The ‘No Pain, No Gain’ Mantra!

Intermittent Fasting- The Best Wellness Program.

Today I am completing one year in Intermittent Fasting. I started it on 19, January 2019 when my friend from Kuwait asked my opinion about it, citing very positive changes to her friend who was on the fasting.

I am mostly devoted and strict with the schedule ever since.

It has changed my life in a very positive way. Right now I am preparing for a national level swimming competition in February. I am looking at developing my dream six packs.

I am also much more positive in life. I am even looking for movie acting roles after a chance appearance in a Malayalam movie, acting as the president of India. I even think positively to a classmate’s comment that I could be the lucky Mascot for the hugely successful movie.

Autophagy is my target in Intermittent Fasting and as such I supplement fasting with some High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) which alone could usher in autophagy. For this I do intense sets of swimming with Interval rests.

I am slowly getting into a swimmers body shape which comes with six packs.

I feel and perhaps look much younger to my actual age.

The only problem to mention is the ‘Dawn’s Phenomenon’ I seem to have developed. That’s my blood glucose reading of 85 in the early morning hours, going up to like 130 as I progress into fasting. Some say Dawn’s is okay, but I need to get out of it.

I run a whatsapp broadcast group on Intermittent Fasting. This is a broadcast group and privacy and phone numbers are kept confidential.

I am happy to have more interested members and the benefits of sharing experiences and opinions in the group are highly beneficial.

I must also add that I lost 8 kgs in the program, while eating well during the eating window. This is in spite of the muscles I have built on.

If interested, send a message to my whatsapp number +91 9400056031. I will add you to the group, which I am sure you will enjoy and benefit.

I will have the satisfaction of sharing my wellness experience to the group members and by being the mentor to the group.

The learnings from group members are priceless.

Happy IF anniversary to me!

Intermittent Fasting- The Best Wellness Program.

Is This A Proof Of Anti Ageing In Intermittent Fasting!

The top is my finger with the election ink applied when I voted in the Kerala Assembly by-election on September 23, 2019. The bottom photo is the same finger today after about 90 days. I am intrigued when someone told me that it’s amazing to have the ink on the finger nails even after 90 days! If so, it’s the slow or reverse aging as a result of intermittent fasting. Wow! Really!!

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Is This A Proof Of Anti Ageing In Intermittent Fasting!

Wellness Is Best Achieved In Groups.

We have a small but active group of intermittent fasters and we notice that group communication and sharing of experiences have resulted in better outcome in the fasting program.

I am happy to reproduce here my message to the group today:

“Broadcast on Intermittent Fasting:

I think it’s time to reflect and see what we as a group should be looking for at the minimum.

One thing we can say with confidence is that all of us want to get rid off the excess fat.

And we know that calories from food supply energy for the body to do even minimum things. And that energy from food gets exhausted after sometime, definitely in 12 hours if we don’t eat.

After 12 hours of clean starving we still do things and body needs energy for that. This energy source is there in us, stored as excess fat. So excess fat is taken if we continue starving beyond 12 hours.

And the energy requirement and burning excess fat will get accelerated if we exercise during the period.

Of course, we need to think what the body will do after all such excess stored fat are used up.

Well, we are at the risk of our body starting to eat our muscles. Good thing is that none of us are anywhere near that stage as we have stored enough and more fat.

So getting rid of excess fat is our primary target.

And then, what if the fat is taken from the belly side first! Great no!

What if that include the ‘love handles’ that’s around the waist. Divine! as we can handle it without that handle.

When we do clean fasting for minimum of 16 hours, fat and size reduction is inevitable.

By the way, this is better way than extreme dieting. A sick look is probable in a dieting, while we tend to do it with a nice look.

To give a personal example, a friend who saw me recently, after about 4 months, told me that I have reduced in a nice way.

Do clean fasting for 16 hours, 4 to 6 days in a week. Longer the time, the better. Please try clean fasting, no black coffee, green tea or dark chocolate, just water.

Let’s start using our fat for energy.

Our ultimate goal of course is autophagy.

Kurian Jacob”

Some of the benefits we discuss on Intermittent Fasting are:

1. Weight loss

2. Improved glucose control

3. Reduced cholesterol

4. Reduced liver fat

5. Improved blood pressure

6. Increased endurance

7. Better sleep

8. Brain health

9. Rapidly increased production of human growth hormones

10. Improved insulin sensitivity

11. Reduction of markers of inflammation which is key driver of many chronic diseases.

12. May prevent cancer

13. Probable protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

14. Anti aging benefits

15. Repair of damaged cells and regeneration of new ones (autophagy benefits”

Should you be interested in benefitting by joining the group, please send a message to me on my whatsapp number +91 9400056031 and see how it works better as a team.

Of course, individual privacy and phone number are confidential in the broadcast group. As the mentor, only I have a global view of who the members are.

It’s surely a better way to benefit maximum from this wellness program.

Wellness Is Best Achieved In Groups.

Commitment In A Group.

Team, team and team work! We have all heard this mantra. And it’s very true, in fact vital in sustaining anything, including a passion.

I have been health conscious always. It doesn’t mean that I have done everything to take care of the health. For example exercise sometimes was to impress the neighbour. But distractions many a times got the better.

Early this year, a close friend from Kuwait sent me some information on Intermittent Fasting and asked my opinion of the weight loss program.

More since that I wanted to assist my friend I did some study and more importantly both of us started doing the program.

It was not easy, but since we started a daily exchange of notes on the program, there was sort of a compulsion in doing it right.

And our discussions moved on to some Facebook groups on the subject and we joined them. Being a popular subject, hundreds of thousands of followers made the groups rather impersonal.

That’s when I decided to start a whatsapp broadcast group to give sort of a personal touch in a group. Team work of course.

But since the members are not known to each other, I thought it may not be right on my part to start an open group and the broadcast group served the purpose.

Initially we had articles and videos on the group pages, but now we’re slowly moving into discussions and sharing of experiences. This is where the real team work begins.

Still we keep the mobile numbers private, but mention names when feedbacks are broadcast.

It’s working.

In fact the entire program is working. The confirmation came yesterday when I chanced to meet a few members of the group in a function. All of them looked good and enthused.

There was even a consensus that when stored fat is used for energy later into fasting, the belly fat is used mostly.

That’s great news as one of the insurmountable problems in putting on weight is the bulge in the middle.

And if one can get rid of it, it’s priceless.

Team work is working. I am inviting more friends to join the program. Just send me a whatsapp on +91 9400056031 and we can enjoy the benefits of teamwork.

Commitment In A Group.

Intermittent Fasting Group And Messages.

I felt good after sending a broadcast message to the small group of us Intermittent fasters and I thought it’s worth sharing here as a post. Here it is:

“Broadcast on Intermittent Fasting.

I hope the group will now be more active with members sharing experiences.

I would like to give this occasional summary.

The basic intermittent fasting is for 16 hours clean fast with only water during fasting. Please ensure at least 16 hours when you fast. For better benefits people do one day, 48 and 72 hours fasting. Some advocate dry fasting which is fasting even without water. 16 hours is not difficult and we get used to it.

There are articles that breakfast should be eaten. My personal take is that it’s okay to skip breakfast as long as minimum 16 hours are ensured. There could be benefits in including breakfast but remember the words of important scientists like Jason Fung and Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi, they call it ‘starving’. And we can’t completely disregard the lobbies and consumerism influencing articles. Breakfast is the most branded food and lot of money like cereal makers are at stake. I saw one saying dark chocolate eaten during fasting accelerates autophagy (give me a break). If you find it convenient to skip breakfast, skip. And if you can have breakfast and follow clean fasting, it’s even better.

IF is good for reducing inflammation, normalising blood sugar and diabetes, generating new growth hormones, anti ageing. It fights osteoporosis, heart problems, blood pressure, atherosclerosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s- you name it.

The 2016 Nobel Prize winning study of Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi tells us that we should go for autophagy, which activates when we fast and undergo rigorous activities. Autophagy the Greek word means self eating and in the face of acute depreviation repairs and consume even damaged cells. Autophagy is our medium term goal.

The 2018 Nobel Prize for medicine and physiology went to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their separate but identical studies on immunotherapy for cancer treatment. Though much more complicated, there’s probably a link with autophagy and fasting as they also talk about repairing cancer cells.

So friends, we are on the best, easiest and most proven wellness program. Actually we are not depriving ourselves much, but only delaying the pleasures of eating our favourite things.

By the way, weight loss is a good side effect, but need not be the primary objective.

Let’s set autophagy as the goal and work together on it!

(Kurian Jacob).

If anyone is interested in joining this group, send me a whatsapp message on +91 9400056031. It’s a broadcast group and your phone number will be confidential.

Intermittent Fasting Group And Messages.