The Fasting Method FAQ2019-11-29T14:34:16-05:00

The Fasting Method FAQ

Common questions about the program, coaching and fasting

The Fasting Method FAQ

Common questions about the program, coaching and fasting

Membership Program FAQs

How do I register for The Fasting Method?2019-11-10T12:00:48-05:00

Easy. Go to the How it Works page to register and choose your billing plan. You’ll receive an email confirmation and receipt. Then login here to get started.

How do I make an appointment with Dr. Fung or Megan Ramos?2019-11-21T09:51:27-05:00

Unfortunately, Dr. Fung is not accepting new patients, nor does he do consultations. Please inquire at support@thefastingmethod.com for Megan Ramos’ availability and private consulting fees.   Also,  our coaches would love the opportunity to consult with you!  If you are interested, please visit the coaching program page to see our coaches and schedule your appointment.

I’ve accomplished my goals and would like to cancel my subscription. Can I do that myself?2019-11-10T12:07:10-05:00

Congratulations on your success! You can cancel your subscription at any time by going to the “My Account” section of the membership dashboard in the top right corner.  A cancellation request will result in a “pending cancellation” status, allowing you access to the membership to the end of the current billing cycle, at which point your subscription will be cancelled and not renew.

I signed up for the 12 week program but can’t log in. I tried using the forgot password but it doesn’t recognize my email.2019-11-10T10:14:15-05:00

The free 12 week email program does not provide access to the membership site content. You would only have an account and password to log in if you had registered for the membership subscription and set up your account.

How do I sign up for the Focus Groups and what is the cost?2019-11-10T10:32:35-05:00

The Focus Group sessions are a part of the membership subscription and free for members. To register for them, click on the session you wish to join and confirm (select) your timezone. This will then present a calendar with the available dates and times in bold. Click on the date that works best for you. If you do not see any bold dates, that means the sessions are full and not accepting additional registrations. For coaching clients, you will see that the focus group registration is very similar to how you schedule your coaching appointments. The Focus Group sessions do not count towards your paid coaching sessions.

I am logged in, but keep getting directed to the My Account page.2019-11-10T13:27:32-05:00

This is indicating that your browser is not updating to the latest page information and not accepting the new token information. Please clear your browser cache and close the browser completely. Then restart the browser, log in, and refresh the page if needed. Another reason for this is that you may not have an active subscription. You may have an existing account with us from a previously expired subscription, and therefore able to log in. But if your subscription is not currently active, you will not be able to go anywhere other than the My Account page.

Also try clicking the Membership Home link in the top right corner.

Is there an attendance limit to the Focus Groups?2019-11-10T12:20:30-05:00

Yes each Focus Group is capped at 40 participants in order to facilitate and maintain good group discussion.  There are no limits to how many you Focus Group sessions you attend, but please do not schedule more than one reservation for each event as that will prevent others from being able to join.  You will receive a confirmation email when you register.  You can also manage and see your appointments by registering your email for an account at Acuity.

How much does the Fasting Method cost to join?2019-11-10T12:42:01-05:00

Our membership community costs $39 per month, or you can save more by getting an annual subscription for $390.  Please visit the coaching page for the price of the coaching packages.

Can you help me find a doctor who follows your protocols?2019-11-10T13:31:45-05:00

I’m sorry but we cannot refer to doctors due to legal liability reasons.  But we do recommend that you have your own physician to oversee your progress and medications as you participate in our program.

I’ve signed up for a membership subscription, now what?2019-11-11T17:01:37-05:00

Our membership site is designed to be self guided.  I would recommend you start by going through the basic lessons one by one.  Then review the Fasting FAQ videos and podcasts.  You can also participate in member community events like the Focus Groups, group fasts, and the membership forum.  Everything can be reached from the membership home.

Coaching Program FAQs

How do I access my free Membership Community?2019-11-10T11:40:33-05:00

Coaching program packages include a free six month trial subscription to the membership community.  A link will be provided in your coaching payment receipt.  Please note that the registration requires you to provide payment information.  After the six month trial subscription, you will renew to a monthly subscription.  You will not be billed anything until the subscription renews. 

What if I already have a monthly subscription?

Cancel the existing subscription before registering for the free six month subscription or you will be double billed.  If that does happen, please contact support@thefastingmethod.com.  

Who’s on The Fasting Method coaching team?2019-11-10T11:39:08-05:00

Click on their photo on the personal coaching page for more information about each of our trained coaches.  Take the quiz if you are unsure of your best fit.

Will I be successful with The Fasting Method Personal Coaching?2019-11-26T19:41:52-05:00

The Fasting Method coaches partner to provide you with the education, tools, and resources you need to reach your goals. But above all, the coach can keep you accountable and provide consistency. Fasting can be difficult sometimes, and having a coach gives you the best chance of success.

Can the TFM coaches order labs and provide diagnosis and/or medical advice?2019-11-26T19:42:45-05:00

No. The Fasting Method is only a dietary program and cannot advise you on medications, bloodwork, or diagnoses. Only your own physician may do that. Your coach may only advise you on diet related items.

Can my spouse or family member sit in on my sessions?2019-11-10T11:35:26-05:00

Sure, as long as the objective is to further help and understand your situation, and as long as others in the group don’t mind. If your spouse wishes to do the program with you for their own goals, they would need to book a consultation with a Health Educator themselves to get a customized program that will fit their particular needs.

How can I get support and advice in between sessions?2019-11-10T11:36:11-05:00

The Fasting Method program provides many resources including education, community support, health tracking, group fasts, and focus group sessions.

How many sessions should I purchase?2019-11-10T11:37:14-05:00

You may purchase 6, 12 or 18 sessions. We suggest you start with the 12 sessions done every 2 weeks to help start you on your journey.

How long do I have to decide if I want to join the coaching program after this consultation?2019-11-10T11:37:43-05:00

Six months. After that, you’ll need to book another initial consultation.

How do I schedule my next coaching appointment?2019-11-26T19:43:51-05:00

Your Fasting Method coach will email instructions when you register. If you can’t find that email, simply contact your coach to resend.

How do I schedule my first assessment/consultation?2019-11-15T10:48:46-05:00

Visit the coaching page and select a coach.  In the bottom left corner of their bio popup is the booking button.  Click on that, confirm your timezone, and you will be presented with a calendar of the coach’s availability in bold.  Pick a day and time that works for you and book it.  You will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom call information.

Intermittent Fasting FAQs

Does The Fasting Method expect me to refrain from all food and liquids during fasting?2019-11-10T11:54:18-05:00

No, we don’t recommend dry fasting. During fasting, clients are encouraged to consume plenty of water and replenish sodium with good quality salt. Black coffee and/or tea may also be used.

What we call ‘training wheels’ may be used for beginners or for those seeking weight-loss only. These can include: cream, MCT oil, butter, ghee in coffee or tea, bone broth, pickle juice, organic, filtered apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, plain or naturally flavoured soda water.

How long should my fasts last?2019-11-10T10:49:55-05:00

Depending on your health concerns and/or goals, your TFM coach will develop a customized intermittent fasting schedule that’s comfortable, safe and fits your lifestyle. Our plans range from no snacking, to skipping a meal, alternate day fasts and some extended fasting with proper guidance.

How long will it take for my disease to go into remission?2019-11-10T10:51:32-05:00

It takes years to develop issues like insulin resistance. It will take time for it to go into remission. The remission process is different for everyone, so it’s impossible to predict how long it will take. For some, it’s a few months. For others, much longer. This process takes a consistent approach and, above all, patience!

Do I have to count macronutrients and/or ketones?2019-11-10T10:52:56-05:00

It’s not required that you do either in order to be successful with fasting. Some people choose to track macros and ketones in order to help guide themselves and tweak their plans. Others choose to track them to provide biofeedback or make them accountable. It’s completely up to you. Your Health Educator is happy to educate you on these items.

I’ve been following a ketogenic diet for a few months and have not lost much weight. Will intermittent fasting help me?2019-11-10T10:54:05-05:00

Choosing what you eat and sticking to a low-carb diet is a great adjunct on your journey to lowering insulin but, more importantly, we focus on time-restricted eating and meal timing.

Who should NOT fast?2019-11-26T19:46:41-05:00

You should not try intermittent fasting if you are:

  • Underweight (a BMI under 18.5) or have an eating disorder like anorexia
  • Pregnant – you need extra nutrients for your child
  • Breastfeeding – you need extra nutrients for your child
  • Under 18 – you need extra nutrients to grow

You can probably fast, but may need medical supervision, if:

  • If you have diabetes mellitus – type 1 or type 2
  • If you take prescription medication
  • If you have gout or high uric acid
  • If you have any serious medical conditions, such as liver, kidney, or heart disease
What are the possible side effects when it comes to fasting?2019-11-26T19:48:52-05:00

There can be a number of possible nuisance side effects when you begin intermittent fasting. Here’s what to do if you encounter them:

  • Hunger is the most common side effect of intermittent fasting. This may be less of an issue if you’re already on a keto or low-carb, higher-fat diet. Mineral water may help if your stomach tends to gurgle.
  • Constipation can be common. Less going in means less coming out. You don’t need medications unless you experience discomfort. Standard laxatives can be used to help.
  • Headaches are common and tend to disappear after the first few times on fasts, and taking some extra salt often helps mitigate such headaches.
  • Other possible side effects include dizziness, heartburn, and muscle cramps.

A more serious side effect can be something called the refeeding syndrome – a very rare outcome that generally only happens with extended fasts (five to 10 days or more) when one is undernourished.

Can women fast?2019-11-26T19:52:17-05:00

Absolutely, but there are exceptions. Women who are underweight, pregnant, or breastfeeding should not fast. For women trying to conceive, be aware that – perhaps especially for athletic women with low body fat percentage – intermittent fasting might increase the risk of irregular menses, and lower the chance of conception. Other than that, there is no special reason why women should not fast.

Women can have problems during intermittent fasting, but so can men. Sometimes women do not get the results they want, but that happens to men, too. Studies show that the average weight loss for women and men who fast is similar.

How many calories should I eat to lose weight?2019-04-29T20:15:37-04:00

The Fasting Method follows a hormonal theory of obesity and does not believe in the “eat less, move more approach.” It’s not about counting calories in and calories out. We recommend people eat when hungry until satiated and follow their individual intermittent fasting schedule.

Isn’t fasting just the same as reducing calories?2019-04-29T20:16:07-04:00

No, not necessarily. Fasting can reduce the time you spend eating and is really concerned about the question of when to eat. Calorie reduction addresses the question of what and how much to eat. That’s entirely different. Fasting may reduce calories but its benefits extend far beyond that.

Will intermittent fasting put me into starvation mode?2019-04-29T20:16:35-04:00

No. This is probably the most common myth about intermittent fasting, and generally it’s not true. In fact, some studies indicate that intermittent fasting may even increase the basal metabolic rate (at least initially) and might potentially improve overall body composition.

What kind of diet should I be on?2019-04-29T20:16:58-04:00

We have our roots in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. So, early on, we got very good at teaching clients to fast regardless of their diet preferences. The Fasting Method does not require you to adhere to a specific diet. It’s our job to help you find the right fasting regimen to fit your preferred diet and lifestyle. If you’re open to making changes or adjustments to your diet, we find that combining fasting with our low-carb, whole food, healthy fat approach offers the best potential for success.

How do I manage my hunger?2019-04-29T20:17:24-04:00

The most important thing to realize is that hunger usually passes. It’s like a wave. Many people worry that hunger during intermittent fasting will continue to build until it’s intolerable, but this does not normally happen. Instead, hunger comes and goes. If you simply ignore it and drink water or a cup of tea or coffee, it will often pass.

During extended fasts, hunger will often increase into the second day. After that, it gradually recedes; and many people report a complete loss of hunger sensation by day three or four. Basically, your body is now being powered by fat, and is therefore no longer hungry.

Can I exercise during fasting?2019-04-29T20:18:06-04:00

Definitely. You can continue your usual activities, including exercise, while fasting. You don’t need to eat before exercising to provide energy. Instead, your body can burn stored energy (like body fat) for energy. However, for long duration aerobic exercise, eating before exercise may increase performance – and that’s good to know if you’re competing. Keep in mind that it’s important to drink fluids and replenish sodium (salt) around exercise when fasting.

Won’t intermittent fasting burn muscle?2019-04-29T20:18:31-04:00

No, not really – though that’s a common and unfounded concern. During fasting, the body first breaks down glycogen into glucose for energy. After that, it increases fat breakdown to provide energy. Excess amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) are also used for energy, but the body does not burn its own muscle for fuel unless it has to.

It would be incredible to think that, after our bodies had stored all that energy so carefully in the form of glycogen and fat, it would first turn to burning muscle to give us the energy we need. In our experience with over 1,000 patients on various intermittent fasting regimens, exactly zero have complained that they have noticed significant muscle loss.

Should I get blood tests done before fasting?2019-04-29T20:19:09-04:00

Your own physician should decide which tests, if any, are necessary, depending upon your medical condition. Depending on their individual situation, some people may require more frequent testing and others less.

Initial and annually:

Lipid Panel, Fasting C-Peptide, Fasting Insulin, Vitamin B12, high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP)

Baseline and every 3 months:

Complete blood count, fasting glucose, creatinine, uric acid, sodium, potassium, chloride, albumin/creatinine ratio (urine), urea, bicarbonate Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), alanine transaminase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), albumin, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium.

Why does my blood sugar go up during fasting?2019-04-29T20:19:32-04:00

It happens because of normal hormonal changes that occur during intermittent fasting. Your body is producing sugar in order to provide the energy your system needs. It’s a variation of the Dawn Phenomenon in which people with diabetes can experience an early-morning increase in blood sugar.

Isn’t it important to have breakfast every morning?2019-04-29T20:19:57-04:00

Not necessarily. That’s an old misconception based on speculation and misunderstood statistics, and it just doesn’t hold up to testing. Skipping your morning meal gives your body more time to burn fat for energy. Since hunger is lowest in the morning, it may be easiest to skip it and break your fast later in the day. Skipping breakfast does not lead to eating more.

What’s the best way to break a fast?2019-04-29T20:20:27-04:00

Gently. The longer the fast, the more gentle you might have to be. Eating too large a meal after fasting (a mistake most of us are guilty of) can give you a stomach ache. While this is hardly serious, people usually learn quickly to eat as normally as possible after a fast.

Will I lose weight?2019-04-29T20:20:53-04:00

Most likely. It’s almost inconceivable to think that you will not lose weight if you do not eat.

In theory, it is, of course, possible to eat more after fasting, cancelling out the weight lost. But studies generally show that people tend to end up eating significantly less overall.

Intermittent fasting has been called “the ancient secret of weight loss” because it might be one of the most powerful dietary interventions we have when it comes to weight loss, yet it’s one that has been mostly ignored by doctors and dieticians.

How much weight will I lose per week?2019-04-29T20:21:20-04:00

Weight loss is highly dependent on your metabolism, eating plan and fasting schedule. The range is pretty wide, and can vary from one to seven pounds per week.

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, then contact us.