Megan Ramos is the co-founder of The Fasting Method Program based out of Toronto, Canada, developed with Dr. Jason Fung, author of books such as The Obesity Code and their latest book: Life in the Fasting Lane. Together, Megan Ramos and Dr. Jason Fung have helped thousands of patients get their lives back through the use of intermittent fasting and data tracking.

Join Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up and his co-host, TJ Anderson, as they talk all things intermittent and long-term fasting with Megan Ramos for both practitioners and patients. 

Practitioners go through the Fasting Method Program for their own health to learn how to utilize fasting for their own patients. If you’re unsure of how to go about fasting, wonder if and when it’s safe, or how to implement it with your patients, then listen in to this episode that is jam-packed with all kinds of useful and exciting information. Megan Ramos shares a wealth of information and how you can find out more about joining in on this hot topic in health and wellness to be on the cutting edge with your patients. Learn how Megan Ramos and Dr. Jason Fung are using their unique fasting approach, powered by Heads Up, to deliver remote monitoring, support, education, tracking and behaviorial coaching to help their patients obtain greater health outcomes.

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“People who track their own data make sustainable changes to their lifestyle. They modify their habits.” – Megan Ramos

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Megan Ramos talks about how easy it is to get started and how it’s simple because there is only one rule: Don’t eat. You’re asking your patients not to do more, but to do less [5:30]
  • Why patients with brain fog can really benefit from fasting because it takes less, not more – supplements, special foods, rules, etc. [7:50]
  • Fasting is like a muscle – the more you do it the easier it gets [8:40]
  • Examples of different types of intermittent fasting [9:50]
  • Megan Ramos talks about ways to quantify success and results with tests; i.e fasting insulin, C-peptides, ALT, GGT, HDL, ferritin, and more [11:50]
  • The importance of changes in body composition versus weight on the scale, etc. [14:30]
  • How to know if a patient is eligible for fasting and when they wouldn’t be a good candidate for fasting due to nutrient deficiencies or specific functional issues [16:40]
  • About fasting during pregnancy and breastfeeding [19:15]
  • Not to discount other disease processes that could be happening by writing off that the patient is just not eating enough [20:00]
  • How people with chronic conditions can fast too if they’re in a stable state [20:30]
  • Tracking fasting lab results – be mindful of uric acid levels – what to look for and how to navigate if they elevate while fasting [23:13]
  • About fasting, thyroid health and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and the swing that can happen from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid [26:00]
  • How Megan Ramos empowers her patients with laboratory data that they can overlay with other metrics in Heads Up to see that their diet and lifestyle changes are that are working or not working for them [27:50]
  • The top measurements that Megan Ramos uses – waist to hip ratio, why BMI is bullshit, why and when/when not to use DEXA scans and how organ fat affects the results [28:45]
  • TJ asks Megan Ramos about longer-term fasts and autophagy and learns how it has helped patients lose up to 160 pounds and not require loose skin tissue removal due to autophagy [35:30]
  • Considerations for a 3, 5, or 7-day fast right out of the gate – who benefits, who shouldn’t do it [38:00]
  • Long term fasts, diabetics and their meds, hypertensives and their meds and more [39:20]
  • In a long-term fast, you need to be mindful of electrolytes early on, and not wait until later in the fast [40:20]
  • Autophagy peaks around the 72-hour mark and stays relatively active for the first 5 days of a fast [42:00]
  • How Megan Ramos and Dr. Jason Fung have systemized their process of intermittent fasting by remotely monitoring fasting patients with the use of data and teaching their patients to understand the data [44:15]
  • Their new program allows Dr. Jason Fung and Megan Ramos to help patients track their data and customize their approach all over the world through remote work [49:20]
  • That 28% of people in the program are healthcare professionals [55:39]

References

The Fasting Method – You can enroll with FSA or HSA

The Fasting Method Blog

Diet Doctor – Dr. Jason Fung

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