The Keto Diet Podcast Episode #004: Fasting vs. Calorie Counting

Fasting vs. Calorie Counting #healthfulpursuit #fatfueled #lowcarb #keto #ketogenic #lowcarbpaleo

Interview with Jason Fung, chief of the department of medicine at Scarborough General Hospital on the board of directors of Low Carb Diabetes Association and the scientific editor of the Journal of Insulin Resistance, chatting about why calorie counting doesn’t work, how to lower insulin levels, and intermittent fasting to encourage fat burning.



  • Why counting calories doesn’t work (14:25)
  • Steps to overcoming insulin resistance (27:11)
  • Intermittent fasting strategies (41:40)


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  1. Hi Leanne,
    I love this podcast. Dr. Fung explains in very simple terms some complex concepts.
    Do you have a transcript for this podcast?
    I want to read the transcript to deepen the topic and I was looking for it but I couldn’t find it. Could you please guide me where I can find the transcript of this podcast?

    Thank you very much.

    • Hey, Irina! Thanks for listening :) Unfortunately, I don’t have transcripts available for my podcasts at this time. I’m working on it, though!

  2. This Podcast was AMAZING!!! I LOVE Jason Fung & as I was listening to him, several things made sense. Made feel confident in a longer fast then normal and gave me hints of what I can expect come day 3-4 (I”ve done 2 days, but start to struggle some mid day on day 2). Love everything you do Leanne.. Thank you for giving us information we all look for and need, keep rockin’ your awesomeness!

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  4. Wow! Another amazing podcast! Leanne, you are totally rockin’ this. Thanks so much for finding such quality information to share with those of us on this Keto journey. I am a Kidney Cancer survivor (14 years), and only have 1 kidney. One of my major health goals is to protect my kidney, so when I heard that Dr. Fung was a nephrologist, I was so excited. He explains the problem with calories-in/calories-out so well, and the impact of insulin on our weight issues. I loved his book The Obesity Code, and I have sent this podcast to several friends and family members that really need to hear his truth of getting off that vicious cycle of reducing calories to lose weight to only gain it all back- plus more. Thanks, again, Leanne!

  5. Does anyone else find it ironic that right after he talks about the inefficacy of calorie counting and calorie counting apps, Leanne plays an add for a yoga app which tells you how many calories you burned?

    • Hey! We partner with many brands, and although we would love to have 100% creative control, sometimes there are certain aspects to ads and partnerships that the partner wants to include. In the case of daily yoga app, they wanted calorie burn in the ad. You know that I don’t enjoy or advocate for counting of calories. But as one of the features of the application, they wanted it in the ad.

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