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Intermittent Fasting

By April 6, 2018April 16th, 2022Videos

Intermittent Fasting

Have you ever wondered about Intermittent Fasting? In this YouTube video Maria discusses Intermittent Fasting (IF).

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Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Don says:

    Great short video. IF is primarily about reducing insulin levels though to aid in maintaining fat burnig / ketosis. Looking forward to being at the book signing in Kelowna!

  • Elizabeth Claeys says:

    Awesome video! Fasting is SO easy when you are really Keto. I remember previous diets where I was basically hungry all the time and had to force myself not to eat. It usually didn’t end well. 😉 Using your 30 Day Cleanse book, and the other cookbooks of yours, make you so satiated. You really just don’t want food, even items that thay would have tempted me in the past. These items no longer whisper to me. With Keto it is like Craig recently said in a comment thread that I remember. It becomes less I “can’t” have that and more that I just “don’t” want these foods. Fasting is so natural and we have been taught, preached at and bad-food wired otherwise. So counter-intuitive.

    Also I need to know where you filmed this. So beautiful. I want to add this destination to my bucket list.

    Thanks for all you do to educate and help people take back their health.

  • BitsyK says:

    I have been doing Paleo for two years & Paleo/Keto for the last year. For the most part, I feel great. Improved sleep, more energy, happy for no reason, significant improvements in peripheral neuropathy, headaches, indigestion,, and so many other things.

    BUT…when I went Paleo/Keto, I noticed that my hot flashes and night sweats returned. Any idea what might be going on and how to resolve it.?

    Also, my fingernails seem weak and chip easily, not sure why, and what to do about it?

    Thanks, as always, for your help.

    • Jeanne says:

      I don’t have answers.and I know you’re not looking for that from me, whom you don’t even know. But I have a question for you!
      I’ve had an increase in Peripheral Neuropathy pain after keto/IF. Did you experience anything like that?
      Thank you for any input!

      • BitsyK says:

        Hi Jeanne, how long have you been Paleo/Keto?

        Yes! I did experience periodic increased pain throughout the healing process. This is quite normal and is considered part of the healing process for peripheral neuropathy. This was confirmed by Dr. William Davis (Wheat Belly), Dr. Bernstein (Diabetes Solution) and Dr. Richard Jacoby (Sugar Crush).

        I think I first learned that the pain is a part of the healing process on a podcast that one of them did. Also, my understanding is that it can take 6-12 months (or more) for the effects of grains to completely leave your body. So, be sure to remain grain/sugar free and do not dabble in occasionally eating grains.. I have experienced both rapid/slow improvements.

        My right leg healed completely within a week of giving up whole grains & sugars. My left leg has healed incrementally over the past 2+ years (now healed 80-90%), and my feet are 60% better after 2+ years. It has been life changing for me. Rather remarkable, considering 5-6 doctors told me there was no cure/nothing I could do for it (including a neurologist who specializes in peripheral neuropathy).

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      As your body heals and detoxes bad estrogen when losing weight hormones can get thrown out of balance for a bit. But over time this will level out. You can also add some supplements to help.

  • Natalie Chernyavsky says:

    Love your hat and a hair:)-so relax. You’re been such a tremendous help(and all your books) in my journey to reverse diabetes. Recently I discovered a berberine to help me with DM. Could you do video on supplement interaction. How much, how long? Should we cycle it?
    I take Magnezium 400-800 mg and K2, Omega 3. Sometimes B complex .
    P.S. sending my son to Lakewood this weekend to meet you(I’m in SF). Hope to make it next time to your book event.

  • Bettie says:

    Great video and information! If “I” was where you are – I would not be thinking about food or being hungry at all! Such a glorious place to “feel fulfilled”..

  • Amy M says:

    IF is a game changer when living a keto lifestyle. There are so many benefits to IF, and as you said, it is finding the right fit for your body. Thank you for another awesome video!

  • Lynn says:

    Hi Maria, Thanks so much for video! I’ve been watching your you-tube videos and saw one mentioning flax. We still love your children’s cookbook and your flax waffles. So, are you now stating that they are no longer healthy for my children or myself? Looking forward to purchasing Keto book!

    Thank you in advance!

    • BitsyK says:

      Maria is now saying flax is not healthy. See http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/flax-not-healthy/ or search flax on this site. Added to this list is chia seeds, soybeans, tofu, and soy milk. I was quite surprised to read this, as well. She also has an article about in her new book, Keto. I am confused, as well,as several other folks I follow are still saying it’s good…I think. So, I will look forward to Maria’s response to your question.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes, I would skip that recipe. I have lots of other great waffle recipes. 🙂
      Flax, soy, chia, etc are very estrogenic and raise your bad estrogen.

  • Koshie says:

    Maria, I’ve been following you for so long — I don’t even remember how long anymore! I’m a 62 y.o. woman in very good health , with no food sensitivities, but borderline obese now. I finally decided to give keto a try and I’ve been following your keto advice for the last week…. trying to do a protein-sparing keto diet. Yup — less than 20 g total carbs daily, easily. I’ve been quite successful so far — except for ONE thing: I’m SO stuffed I can barely stand to eat — each day I eat less and less — 500 calories today — and needless to say, I’m not getting enough protein down! Is this normal? I’m taking your advice and not eating cheese {my major source of fat is eggs}. Assuming I further adjust my diet to decrease fat, that will make it possible to eat more protein? Do I need to worry about how many calories I eat? BTW, I “feel” great and have plenty of energy, but my stomach is starting to object to feeling so full most of the time!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      That can happen while your body transitions. Try to focus on eating the protein first to ensure you get enough. Your hormones are balancing out and things should even out a bit over time.

      • Koshie says:

        Thank you! I appreciate knowing that there’s a perfectly normal, acceptable reason for this “absurd” situation! –and that I’ll “outgrow” it!
        You’re The Best! Seriously! I send everybody who has weight- and certain health- problems to you. You have the answers. You research the science; you stay current in your knowledge (your depth and breadth are impressive!); you are extremely creative in your recipes; and you’re a loving person. Blush! I guess this is a fan letter! Thanks again for giving of yourself this way.

  • Ellie Altman says:

    Craig and Maria,
    I appreciate you so much. Last night on the webinar, Craig answered my question about stevia. Something you have assured me before is safe, but I had been listening to a podcast on Intermittent Fasting with someone who does not follow a ketogenic diet and their confusion caused me to doubt. Someone mixing IF and a high carb Mediterranean Diet might be confused themselves. Craig was, as always, right on reassuring me and explaining why Dr. Fung has this a bit mixed up since he has referred to not pure stevia but stevia with a bulking agent. I fear Dr. Fung has inadvertently confused others. Both of you are the most consistent in providing reliable scientific information. Thank you, thank you.


  • Craig Endicott says:

    Hi there from the UK.
    I listened to episode 150 of the Ketovangelist where Brian interviewed you. Very entertaining and informative podcast. You mentioned a couple of books, 1 for the newbie and 1 for the more keto experienced. And now I see you have a new book out, I want to ask which one should I get first. I have been following the keto way of life since Feb 2017. Pre diabetic – lost 70lbs in 5 months, 324 lbs – 254lbs blood work back to normal, no longer at risk of diabetes. And have been on a plateu since June 2017. I have tried fasting and now IF. I have tried a month of reduced protein, increased protein, reduced fat, increased fat, no veg – veg. 5g carbs – 30g carbs. I’m down to having appetite for one big meal a day with the occasional snack if my salted water doesn’t curb it. Weights still not shifting. I am looking leaner (HIIT strength training) but still got that belly fat. So having listened to your advice with Brian I’m thinking its dairy. That’s a constant in my diet. Should I go for your new book first?
    Thanks in advance

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