Hoping someone with a better understanding of the underlying science can help here.
When I fast, I typically do it for two reasons:
- To break through a stall, or reverse weight gain.
- To take advantage of the benefits of autophagy (see here for more info from Dr. Fung’s site)
Dr. Fung, who is of course a major advocate of fasting “allows” the use of supplemental fat and/or HWC as a means of increasing the ability to fast. At the same time, if @richard’s post here is accurate, in my case extended fasting may require the use of additional fat to make the fast possible, as I no longer have sufficient body fat to supply my daily energy requirements.
My question is this: will the addition of fat intake prevent the process of autophagy from taking place? Given that, per Dr. Fung, the driver of autophagy is glucagon, which is the mirror of insulin (i.e. one rises, the other falls), intuition says “no” but I’d love to hear from anyone who is aware of any research into this specific area.