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.

Group On Intermittent Fasting. Together We Achieve More

We have a small whatsapp broadcast group on Intermittent Fasting. We are now 55 at varying stages of progress. Though member identity is confidential to the group (broadcast group) feedbacks keep everyone motivated.

Here’s such a feedback from me posted in the group this morning.

“Broadcast on Intermittent Fasting:

We’re now a fairly sizeable group of wellness minded people. We should keep each other enthused for attaining better results. Feedbacks and concerns shared with the group (keeping names confidential, unless otherwise desired) will provide additional motivation.

Here’s what I have to say-

IF is a proven wellness program with plenty of options to tailor to personal circumstances.

Two recent Nobel Prizes for medicine and physiology (2016 and 2018) were for related works like autophagy and cells cleaning.

Logically also it has an edge, that food is used up within 12 hours and fasting beyond that will make the stored fat to be used up for energy needs.

Here’s how I do my fasting.

– I do a 16 hours plus fasting for almost all days of the week. Typically it’s from dinner at around 8 pm with the next meal lunch at around 12.30 pm.

– I take only water in the fasting hours, not even medicine or supplement.

– I do 12 full rounds of suryanamaskars and another about 70 minutes of yoga for 6 days in a week. I try and do it after 12 hours into fasting so that maximum stored fat is used up.

– I swim 6 days in a week in the evening before dinner (during eating window). I swim a total of over one kilometre split into 60 laps in the 18 meters pool. I do speed freestyle and breaststroke taking a pause between laps, making it somewhat HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) which is recommend and could even accelerate autophagy.

– I eat well during the eating window, carefully selecting food that I like. Hence the consumption of sweets have gone up. That way there’s no hard sacrifice.

– I have set a seemingly impossible target for six packs. And it may be on the way.

Two recent comments are worth mentioning. ‘Six packs can be seen’ was a comment when I came off after a river swim.

‘I didn’t believe it when you said you are going for six packs, but your recent photo shows it’s now coming’. Another comment said!

And yes, I myself believe that i can have six packs and it’s a major motivator.

– My confidence levels have gone up and I swear by IF

Perhaps the only concern is the strange behaviour of my glucose reading. I was borderline diabetic taking medicine (not insulin)

With IF it came down and I reduced medicine by half. HbA1c of below 6.5 could now be even lower.

But I notice a phenomenon. Fasting glucose reading of 90 becomes 120 during extended fasting without taking any food.

Apparently its called ‘Dawns Phenomenon’ and one researched finding is about body metabolism. The body (liver) is releasing extra energy anticipating my rigorous energy requirement during suryanamaskar. Any advice on this is welcome.

Another concern is, if I am getting enough quality sleep or not.

Your feedback on how you are doing with IF is welcome”.

If interested in joining this active group to know more about intermittent fasting or wanting to be associated with this group to share your experiences and get feedback, please message me on my whatsapp number +91 9400056031 and I will add you to the group.

Group On Intermittent Fasting. Together We Achieve More

Nobel Prizes And Fasting. Intermittent & Dry Fasting.

The 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology is for work on Immunotherapy for cancer treatment and it talks about cell repair.

The 2016 Nobel Prize was for study on autophagy which again is on cell repair for prevention and cure of deadly diseases.

Intermittent Fasting emerged as the best wellness program which when done correctly induces Autophagy.

Intermittent Fasting thus stays as a desirable and if I may say so, the best wellness program one can easily follow.

The studies and inferences on the 2018 Nobel Prize subject brings to focus a new type of fasting, dry fasting.

Intermittent Fasting is clean fasting with lot of water consumed during fasting hours.

But dry fasting is without even water.

It sounds dangerous and it’s a concern when water is also avoided. So the statutory warning is that it should be done under supervision.

Dry fasting accelerates autophagy, and thus is an attractive proposition.

There’s a variant to dry fasting which is ‘hard dry fasting’. Here contact with water also is avoided. That’s no brushing, bathing or washing!

Maximum possible duration of dry fasting is 3 days. One day twice a month is good enough.

I am planning to try a 12 hour dry fasting every 10 days during my 16 hours Intermittent Fasting schedule. If found okay, I may stretch it to 16 hours with an ambitious goal of 24 hours.

Dry fasting proponents guarantee weight loss.

Communication, discussions and progress sharing on this are through a whatsapp broadcast group on Intermittent Fasting.

Those who are interested in joining this exclusive group, please send the whatsapp number to my +91 9400056031.

Being a broadcast group, you won’t know who the other members are and they won’t know that you are in the group.

As the organiser (some call me mentor) I have a total view and member responses come to me direct. I in turn posts relevant responses to the group without source identity. As such privacy is assured.

Join in and share the benefits of following a practical, easy and the best wellness program.

Nobel Prizes And Fasting. Intermittent & Dry Fasting.

Intermittent Fasting, The Best In Fasting And Diet Realm.

I have been a keen follower of Intermittent Fasting since the 19th of January 2019. And I follow a 16 hours plus fasting schedule for at least 6 days in a week.

I have some clear positive results which I thought I should share here for my friends.

For one, I have lost some 15 pounds in weight. I feel I am good with many health indicators and measures. My overall discipline has improved tremendously. And most importantly, I look good in the bathroom mirror.

Intermittent Fasting is still the best and perhaps the easiest when it comes to diet and fasting. Here’s how I do it.

I eat during a window of 8 hours or less, usually from 12.30 in the afternoon till 8.30 at night. I have only water during the other hours of the day. (Harvard study suggests eating window of 7 am to 3pm for best results).

Why I said it’s easy! that’s because I eat my favourite sweets and food during the eating hours. There’s no sacrifice. If I eat well, say a ‘keto’ diet, I could have shed an additional 10 to 15 pounds.

Our food digest and gone in 12 hours. And if we don’t eat after 12 hours also, the energy requirement of the body could be by way of burning stored fat.

And when we exercise into and after 12 hours fasting, more fat could be burned.

I have increased the level of workout. This include suryanamaskar, yoga and some intense swimming. Most importantly, I have set an outrageous target for six packs.

It seems to be working. And if it’s good, I want my friends to get it too. We are talking about overall wellness which include better results in diabetes, blood pressure, heart health and prevention and control of scary things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cancer.

Even better, there could be production of growth hormones, anti ageing phenomenon and autophagy (autophagy is a Nobel Prize subject and it’s a good idea to read about it) which talks about new cells, repair of damaged cells etc.

I would also welcome you to join our whatsapp broadcast group on Intermittent Fasting. By broadcast group, individual privacy is assured.

If interested, send your whatsapp number to +91 9400056031

Intermittent Fasting, The Best In Fasting And Diet Realm.

Wellness Series: Our Food!

This is first of my wellness series blogs. Let me start with food, as people say we are what we eat. Of course, this is more aptly corrected to ‘when we eat’!

Those who are familiar with my belief and passion for Intermittent Fasting will understand better the meaning of when eaten.

This diagram is from a fitness friend who is a role model in fitness and working out. The picture shows how food is so important.

Again, some of you may remember that I am managing a whatsapp broadcast group and we are now almost 50 in numbers. And I intend to get certified as a wellness coach.

I have been advising my Intermittent Fasting Group to try Keto diet for significant weight loss. Perhaps a correction is required (as prompted by this diagram).

Carb, we thought is something to be avoided or kept minimum. But perhaps, if you exercise well you may need some good carbs for energy. Apparently net carb is total carbs minus fibre. Then go for the carbs mentioned in the diagram. For example whole grains for your traditional dishes, you can’t live without.

If you are building muscles and reach almost failure point in muscle toning workouts, please don’t ignore proteins. I have had some bad experiences when i didn’t eat the two eggs after a fairly strenuous workout.

And finally, the good fat is required. Please don’t take it as a license for offals, other tasty fat, red meat etc, but go for good oil and fat as suggested.

Always consult your doctor/ dietitian when making drastic changes to what you eat.

Wellness Series: Our Food!

A Wellness Group, And It’s Working

We are a whatsapp broadcast group focusing on wellness through Intermittent Fasting.

Ours is a small group, making personal attention quite possible. As the originator of the group, I get myself trained as a wellness coach.

In just less than six months, the group is enjoying some positive results and we are looking forward to maximising the good that we have begun to experience.

By being a broadcast group, individual identity is private and only me, the coach has a global view. Feedback are shared within the group with identity kept confidential. This success sharing is the secret of greatness of the group and the best form of handholding to stay on course.

We have identified the following key success factors:

– Fasting is without any calorie intake. Best food during fasting other than water is black coffee without flavours like chicory etc.

– Minimum fasting period is 13 hours, usual 16 and ideal 24 hours at least once a week. Some people do something like three consecutive days, but no one in the group has reported anything more than 24 hours. After 13 hours energy requirement is from the stored fat. The longer the time after 13, the higher the consumption of stored excess fat.

– Autophagy (self eating) a Nobel Prize winning stage is the ultimate aim. At this stage body cleans damaged and defective cells and grow new good ones. Growth hormones generated and even reversal of ageing happens, in addition to curing/ preventing deadly things like cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

– Positive results reported by participants in the group include- improved energy levels, weight loss, blood sugar stability, improved concentration, less stress etc.

– Sustained Weight loss is not a key aim, but can be accelerated by going for Keto diet while eating. That’s mostly natural fat, moderate protein and low carbs.

– Exercise is recommended, and best done while on fasting window. High intensity interval training being the best form.

This is a group you would want to join. You can be a participant and share ideas with the group keeping personal identity and privacy intact. You get all the benefits of being in a genuine group.

If interested to join, please send your whatsapp number to mine: +91 9400056031.

(Suggestion, those with any conditions or medications, please consult the doctor before fasting, say more than 16 hours)

Hope to see more of you enjoying the benefits and privileges of this wonderful group.

A Wellness Group, And It’s Working