Exploring Clean Fasting vs. Dirty Fasting with Gin Stephens
In this episode of the Over 40 Fitness Hacks podcast, host Brad Williams interviews Gin Stephens from the Intermittent Fasting Stories podcast. They delve into the topic of clean fasting versus dirty fasting and discuss Brad's fasting regimen, which he believed was clean until Jen Stevens, a fasting expert, pointed out some flaws.
Brad describes his 18-hour fasting window, which includes sleep and involves consuming water, a detox drink with apple cider vinegar and spices, black coffee, and tea. However, Jen highlights that the detox drink may not be beneficial for detoxification and advises against its inclusion in fasting.
Jen further explains the three fasting goals outlined in her book, "Fast. Feast. Repeat." The first goal is to keep insulin levels low. Foods or beverages that provoke an insulin response should be avoided during fasting, including sweet-tasting herbs, spices, and beverages.
Brad raises concerns about caffeine in black coffee and its impact on insulin response. Jen clarifies that caffeine does not trigger an insulin response and may even enhance fat burning. She emphasizes that caffeine does not hinder autophagy.
In closing, Jen shares information about her books, "Delay, Don't Deny," "Fast. Feast. Repeat," and "Clean(ish)," as well as her podcast, "Intermittent Fasting Stories." She emphasizes that intermittent fasting is accessible to everyone and has proven benefits for regular people looking to improve their health and well-being.
Overall, this episode provides valuable insights into the concept of clean fasting versus dirty fasting, debunking misconceptions and providing guidance on optimizing the benefits of intermittent fasting.
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