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Isagenix: Day 56
Sorry. I've been crap at updating this blog. I lasted through my 30-day Isagenix Cleanse & Fat-burning system. I am happy to report that I lost a total of 17 pounds. I'm now on their "Five Pillars of Health" maintenance system and have now lost approximately 20 pounds total. (Not been as rigorous about maintenance as I could/should be, but I started my 30-day cleanse weighing 210 pounds and am now fluctuating between 189-193. Would still like to lose another 5-10 pounds and couple that with some weight training and exercise.)
I still need to finish out the articles to cap off my first week's experience - including my first fasting day on Sunday. The remaining weeks were pretty much a "rinse and repeat" operation, though there were several observations about the Isogenix products and my experience that were worth noting (will come back and infill on my personal experiences - promise).
I attended a day-long Isagenix seminar, yesterday ($20 to get in, got to listen to Michael Close - a Multi-Level Marketing guru). It was an interesting day and I learned more about the Isagenix products, which I am starting to gain an appreciation for the quality of research and ingredients. THIS is the main reason I signed up with Isagenix and not the marketing stuff (I'm a horrible salesperson and can't really see myself becoming some rich millionaire marketer. Wouldn't mind the millionaire part, just don't see myself turning into a "marketer" to do it! LOL.) The balance of the afternoon was spent on the marketing aspects of the product line. Yeah, it's there and if it's for you, then I'm sure that Isagenix is a great company - both in terms of product line and also pay-structure!)
The real reason I'm posting today is because of a news article I spotted in the local paper about the benefits of fasting (one of the hallmarks of the 30-day Fat-burning system is a weekly fast. THIS is where your body looks for fuel alternatives and begins to convert stored glucose, burning fat reserves for fuel. Within the Isagenix community, they recommend a 2-day fast, but after my 4 fasting experiences, I'm not certain I'm down for that. One day was hard enough ... although, oddly enough, after going to bed very hungry after a day of fasting, I was astounded to always wake up the next morning and NOT be hungry!)
Anyway ... here's some of the story (not sure how long the link will last). I thought it was interesting, since I had just come off the Isagenix 30-day nutritional cleanse and fat-burning program only a few weeks prior.
Study Shows Benefits to Fasting
Religious leaders from Moses to Jesus to Buddha to Muhammad all did it in an effort to "seek enlightenment". Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Cesar Chavez did it as form of protest. Now, there's discussion about whether modern people should fast to improve their health.
Researchers at Intermountain Medical Center in Utah got attention in 2007 when they announced there was "an association between fasting and reduced risk of coronary heart disease." At that time, all they could say was that people who did intermittent fasting seemed to have a lower risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease.
Further research, led by Benjamin Horne, IMC's director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology, confirmed these results with a new group of patients, mostly men, who were being seen for coronary angiography. They also measured biological parameters like cholesterol levels, seeking a biological mechanism for the benefits of fasting.
"Fasting causes hunger or stress," says the news release. "In response, the body releases more cholesterol, allowing it to utilize fat as a source of fuel, instead of glucose." So the fasting provides a kind of shock to the system that seems to be beneficial.
Horne also found a spectacular rise in levels of human growth hormone. "During the 24-hour fasting periods," it says, "HGH increased an average of 1,300% in women, and nearly 2,000% in men." HGH has been credited with everything from reducing obesity to reversing aging, and many body-builders take it to build muscle.
Online discussion of these results - and there has been plenty - often point readers to a variety of books on fasting. One is by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Board-certified family doctor) who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. His book Fasting and Eating for Health explains how fasting not only helps with fat loss, but also improves overall health.
Despite this new research, other experts who feel that fasting is about the worst thing you can do to your body. California oncologist Dr. David Agus has been called a "rock star doctor" because he treated Lance Armstrong, Steve Jobs and Ted Kennedy. His new book, The End of Illness, is definitely not on the fasting bandwagon.
Agus argues that a lot of our medical problems, including many cancers, are the result of chronic inflammation, and that stress causes inflammation. One of Agus's big ideas is that evolution selects for people who are good at having children, not for people who will live a long time. When we do something that causes stress, with the consequent inflammation, our bodies are effectively addressing short-term needs. In the long run, all these stresses add up.