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Mar 27 2017

LCKL 067 – Biohacks 101 Series – Fasting – How Fasting Impacts Fat Loss…

One of the greatest benefits associated with fasting is that of fat loss. If you are wanting to learn the ins and outs of how fasting will actually help you lose weight, then this episode is for you.


This episode covers 4 top reasons why fasting can help with fat loss.

Reason #1 - Increases Human Growth HormoneReason #2 - Increases LipolysisReason #3 - Increases CatecholaminesReason #4 - Increases Ketosis Related Fat BurningOther Reasons
  • Studies have shown that fasting can increase the level of human growth hormone secretion substantially.

Relevant Studies

  • Study #1 – Kerndt et al published a study in 1982 showing that after a patient underwent a 40 day fast, not only did his glucose and insulin go way down, but his human growth hormone went from 0.73 to 9.86 which is a massive 1250% increase. This study showed that a shorter 5 day fast gives a 300% increase. That is still a remarkable increase.
  • Study #2 – Hartman et al showed that there was a 500% increase in Human Growth Hormone in only a 2 day fast.
  • Other studies have shown that people were able to increase their growth hormone by 1300% in Women and 2000% in Men in only 24 hours.

Benefits of HGH in Relation to Weight Loss

  • Promotes more muscle growth. More Muscle, more fat loss.
  • Increases Energy Production.
  • Improves Quality of the Heart and the Kidneys.
  • Builds Stronger Bones.
  • Increases Breakdown of Stored Fats.
  • Increases Use of Fats for Energy.
  • Counteracts the Action of Insulin. I.e Moves sugar out of the cells.

But Won’t Fasting Inhibit Athletic Performance and Stop Me Exercising?

  • Actually, no it will not.
  • An increase in noradrenalin during fasting will give you more energy to train harder.
  • Elevated HGH increases muscle mass and makes workout recovery easier.
  • Fasting does not burn muscle and actually may help build it faster.Studies have shown that fasting can increase the level of human growth hormone secretion substantially.
  • Releases Stored Triglycerides from body fat so it can be stored for energy.
  • Most tissues in the body are able to use fatty acids for fuel. The only parts of the body that now require glucose is the brain and the red blood cells.
  • To do this, the triglycerides will be broken down into glycerol and 3 fatty acids. The glycerol portion will be sent to the liver where it will be turned into glucose by gluconeogenesis. This very small amount of glucose will be used to fuel the parts of the brain that require it, the red blood cells and the renal medulla.
  • When insulin is high, the process of lipolysis is low and fat burning is almost impossible.
  • Also known as Adrenaline and Noradrenaline.
  • When released from the brain it directly switches on fat cells, cranking the fat breakdown at an amplified rate.
  • It is also important for maintaining energy levels whilst fasting. In fact a study by Zauner C et al showed that four days of fasting skyrockets your norepinephrine to 117% of what it was.
  • On top of this noradrenaline has been shown to decrease appetite.
  • Two ways that you can increase your norepinephrine is through fasting and through HIIT workouts.
  • Helps shift from sugar burning to fat burning.
  • In a study published by Zauner C et al they showed that over a 4 day fast they increased the production of beta hydroxy butyrate from 182.7 umol/L to a whopping 4781.6 umol/L which is a whopping 2527% difference.
  • By end of 24 hours you have burnt more fat than a day of eating.
  • The more days you fast the more keto adapted you are and the more fat you will burn.

Within the course, there are 2 more reasons why fasting can help with Weight Loss, including its impact on insulin sensitivity and also its impact on hormone sensitive lipase. Remember that as I find more information that I think could benefit the course I will add it most likely in the resources part of that lecture so make sure you keep an eye on it. The good news is too that once you have purchased the course you get it for a lifetime – even all the updates.

Now If you are wanting to get the shownotes to this episode or to any of the episodes in the Biohacks – Fasting segment they are available within the course. I put a lot of time and effort into producing this Water Fasting course so I can’t possibly give away all of the information for free.

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Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.


Nov 21 2016

LCKL 019 – Boost Your Human Growth Hormone, Lose Fat and Build Muscle

Are you interested in learning more about Human Growth Hormone. How does it impact your weight loss or your ability to build muscle? Could it be impacting your overall health? In this episode you will learn how you can boost your own supply of human growth hormone and discover which supplements will be beneficial…

  • What Human Growth Hormone Is;
  • Signs of Human Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children;
  • Signs of Human Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults;
  • How Human Growth Hormone is important for Muscle Strength;
  • How Human Growth Hormone is important for Healing Fractures;
  • How Human Growth Hormone boosts Weight Loss;
  • The importance of Human Growth Hormone in Mood and Cognition;
  • Multiple other benefits of Human Growth Hormone;
  • 5 Dangers of Low Human Growth Hormone;
  • How to Test For Human Growth Hormone Deficiency;
  • Medical Increase of Human Growth Hormone – Is it Recommended?;
  • 12 Supplements you can use which will help increase Human Growth Hormone; and
  • 9 Lifestyle Strategies you can implement to help increase Human Growth Hormone.
What is Human Growth Hormone?Signs of Human Growth Hormone Deficiency in ChildrenSigns of Human Growth Hormone Deficiency in AdultsFunctions of Human Growth HormoneOther Benefits of Human Growth HormoneDangers of Low Human Growth HormoneTesting for Human Growth Hormone DeficiencyMedical Increase of Human Growth HormoneSupplementationWays to enhance Endogenous Growth Hormone ProductionResearch
  • Most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland. Reaches its peak during adolescence.
  • Increasing muscle mass and bone density are impossible without growth hormone.
  • When it is secreted, growth hormone remains active in the bloodstream for a few minutes, which is just enough time for the liver to convert it into growth factors, with the most important one being insulin like growth factor, which boasts a host of anabolic properties.
  • Healthy adult men have about 5 nanograms per ml of GH circulating in the blood, while Healthy females have about 10 nanograms due to the fact that they require it for reproduction.
  • The levels of human growth hormone will begin to drop in the early 20’s.
  • Being significantly shorter than children of their own age;
  • Delayed puberty, possibly not even going through puberty;
  • Slow development of the teeth;
  • Increased fat around the stomach and face;
  • Slow Hair Growth.
  • Depression and/or Anxiety;
  • Hair Loss;
  • Decrease in sexual interest;
  • Decreased Muscle Strength and Mass;
  • Lack of Memory;
  • Difficulty Concentrating;
  • Thin, Dry Skin;
  • High Triglyceride Levels;
  • Fatigue;
  • High LDL Cholesterol Levels;
  • Insulin Resistance;
  • Reduced Bone Density; and
  • Increased Weight – especially around the waistline.

Increased Muscle Strength

Human growth hormone stimulates collagen synthesis in the skeletal muscles and tendons. This increases muscle strength and improves exercise performance as a result.

Studies have shown that in adults that were HGH deficient, long term administration of this hormone resulted in normalization of muscle strength, increased exercise capacity and improved body composition.

Improved Healing of Fractures

Administering HGH has been shown to speed up the regeneration of the bone, therefore making it a key part in bone healing. Applying growth factors such as IGF-1 has been shown to stimulate the metabolism of the bone. As HGH plays a significant role in the repair of wear and tear and it expedites healing, studies have actually shown that it enhanced collagen deposition during the wound healing process, therefore helping with the healing process.

Stronger Bones

The IGF-1/growth hormone duo stimulates bone formation as well as bone resorption and therefore leads to greater bone mass.

Greater Weight Loss

Growth hormone is very important for accelerating lipolysis (the breakdown of lipids and hydrolysis of triglycerols into glycerol and free fatty acids) and impaired HGH leads to a loss of lipolytic effect.

One study showed that growth hormone treatment caused a 1.6 fold increase in weight loss. This study is the study I will be discussed at the end of this podcast in the “Research” section.

Reduced Cardiovascular Disease

If you are HGH deficient you are at greater risk of getting cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that those who were deficient in HGH had higher body mass and triglyceride concentrations than the counterparts.

Improved Mood and Cognition

Studies have shown that after six months of HGH administration, cognitive function and mood significantly improved and therefore administering GH could be a possible treatment for improving cognitive function and mood in adults who are growth hormone deficient.

  • Anti-Ageing;
  • Conversion of body fat to muscle; Growth of all tissues;
  • Improvement in Energy level;
  • Tissue repair;
  • Whole body healing; Cell replacement;
  • Sexual function;
  • Organ Health and Integrity; Enzyme production; and
  • Integrity of hair, nails, skin and vital organs.
  • Muscle Loss;
  • Fat Gain;
  • Low Sex Drive;
  • Low Energy Levels;
  • Poor sense of wellbeing.
  • IGF-1 Test – IGF-1 is a hormone that is produced in response to HGH secretion.
  • A low value less than 200 indicates growth hormone deficiency.

The use of prescribed HGH under medical supervision is generally safe. HGH is given by injection. Do not use illegally without a prescription so as to promote muscle growth as it can be risky. It can cause acromegaly and possible chances of diabetes, hypertension, liver damage, heart problems and even premature ageing.

  • Melatonin – Take 0.5 to 5mg of melatonin before bed. Studies have shown it to increase growth hormone levels by up to 157%.
  • GABA – Take 1.5 to 3g of GABA immediately before bed as it has been shown to increase GH production by 200%.
  • Vitamin D – Get tested for Vitamin D levels and optimise them to 70-100ng/mL.
  • Glutamine – 2-10g of glutamine after a workout or before bed has been shown to boost HGH. Studies have shown that subjects who consumed just 2g of glutamine experienced increases in HGH. Glutamine has also been shown to help preserve muscle mass in those prone to losing muscle.
  • Ornithine Alpha-Ketoglutarate – Ornithine is another amino acid that is found to block the catabolic effects of cortisone and stimulate anabolic activity. Studies have found that when taken in dosages of 12mg per day or more it may increase levels of growth hormone secretion too.
  • L-Arginine/L-Leucine – A Combination of these two amino acids together before sleep has been shown to increase HGH by up to 700%. Take 3-5g for optimal health. What’s interesting is that arginine has been shown to increase HGH levels but more when not taken in conjunction with exercise.
  • CDP-Choline – This nutrient has also been found to be beneficial. In fact, in one report they have seen a 4 fold increase in human growth hormone with the use of choline.
  • Glycine – Many studies have shown that glycine can initiate growth hormone secretion. In fact, one study showed that a dose of 12g of glycine increases growth hormone substantially and even lower doses of 4g and 8g has an impact too. Glycine is important for stimulating the pituitary gland to secrete more HGH and therefore is considered a HGH secretagogue. You can take up to 60g per day.
  • Niacin – Also known as Vitamin B3 it has been shown to release HGH. Studies have shown its potential. In fact, one study showed that 500mg of niacin resulted in a significant rise in HGH. It is best absorbed when taken during fasting.
  • Creatine – A 20g dose of creatine significantly improved HGH levels for 2-6 hours.
  • Mucuna Pruriens – This is a great growth hormone booster that has been widely used also as an amazing testosterone and dopamine booster. It boosts HGH because it contains high levels of L Dopa (precursor of dopamine) which has been scientifically proven to help your pituitary gland release more HGH.
  • Fenugreek – This spice is known to increase growth hormone significantly, therefore it can really help to start using it regularly.
  • Avoid sugar after workouts. Consuming sugar (especially fructose) within 2 hours post workout will cause your hypothalamus to secrete somatostatin (discussed shortly).
  • Lose Excess Body Fat (particularly abdominal fat);
  • Avoid Sugar and adopt a lower carb eating plan – An increase in insulin lowers HGH secretion.
  • Optimize Sleep – Growth hormone is secreted while you sleep. Growth hormone peaks at the onset of deep sleep which is why deep sleep is so important;
  • Eat a higher fat, low carb snack before bed and avoid insulin spikes. Your body naturally releases significant amounts of HGH at night so if you eat a higher carb snack at night that is going to stimulate insulin secretion, your HGH will be altered.
  • Exercise regularly to lactate threshold
    • The more you exercise, the more GH you release naturally. A recent study observed significant increases in circulating GH and IGF-1 after intense resistance exercise (specifically in athletes).
    • High intensity burst training in particular where your heart bursts above your anaerobic threshold for 30 second intervals 5+ times in a workout. This engages your super fast twitch fibers, which release HGH naturally.
    • Strength training also increases HGH significantly.
  • Practice intermittent fasting or even better, water fasting. Fasting can help to optimise HGH levels in numerous ways:
    • It helps you to drop body fat, which directly impacts HGH production;
    • It will keep your insulin levels low for most of the day. This helps because it is known that insulin spikes disrupts natural growth hormone production.
    • One study found that doing a 3 day fast increased HGH levels by over 300% and then after one week of fasting, the HGH had increased by a massive 1,250%.
    • Another study found that even a 24 hour fast can produce remarkable results. In fact one study showed that after a short 1 day fast it increased HGH by 2000%.
    • If you would like to learn more about the other benefits of water fasting please check out my products “Water Fasting For Wellness” by going to http://www.waterfastingforwellness.info
  • Laughter – An interesting study in 1989 showed that men who had been shown 60 minutes of comedy film received an 87% increase in their HGH levels.
  • Apply Detoxification and Get Your Liver Healthy – Before your body is able to utilise human growth hormone effectively, it needs to go through your liver and be converted into IGF-1. Without a healthy liver, this process will not be able to happen.

Kim KR et al, “Low dose growth hormone treatment with diet restriction accelerates body fat loss, exerts anabolic effect and improves growth hormone secretory dysfunction in obese adults”, Hormone Research, 1999.

  • In this study they set out to investigate the effects of growth hormone treatment and dietary restriction on lipolytic and anabolic actions, as well as the consequent changes in insulin and GH secretion in obesity.
  • This study was composed of 24 obese subjects who were fed a diet of 25 calories per kg of ideal body weight with 1.2g of protein per kg daily.
  • They were treated with either human growth hormone or placebo.
  • The trial went for 12 weeks and was randomized, double blind and placebo controlled.
  • Growth hormone treatment caused a 1.6 fold increase in the body weight lost as fat and a greater loss of visceral fat than placebo.
  • In the placebo group, the hypocaloric diet created a loss in lean body mass with a negative nitrogen balance, whereas the growth hormone group resulted in an increase in lean body mass with a positive nitrogen balance.
  • Growth hormone injections resulted in a 1.6 fold increase in IGF-1, even though they were hypocaloric.
  • Growth hormone treatment did not induce a further increase in insulin levels during an oral glucose tolerance test but it did significantly decrease free fatty acid levels.
  • This study concluded that in obese subjects given a hypocaloric diet, growth hormone accelerates fat loss, exerts anabolic effects and improves growth hormone secretion.
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Please note that this information is not intended for medical purposes or to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. It is for informational purposes only to help guide you on your journey towards optimal wellness.