6 Intermittent Fasting Protocols for Fat Loss, Mood, Energy, and Improving Your Overall Health


The Mel Robbins Podcast with Dr. Mindy Pelz


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In this episode, renowned holistic health expert and intermittent fasting devotee Dr. Mindy Pelz is here to explain the 101 of fasting for better health. You’ll learn the empowering science behind why it works and how it can help you achieve so many health goals.

Dr. Mindy is fascinated by our body’s ability to "heal itself" and how fasting protocols can activate some remarkable results based on extensive research studies.

If you’re tired of diets that leave you feeling like sh*t, health improvements that cost money, or just hate feeling out of control of your body, this is the one zero-cost tool that could have a significant impact on your health.

Dr. Mindy is on a mission to help people understand and harness their healing abilities through fasting. And today, she’s told all the Olympic athletes, Academy Award-winning actors, and Silicon Valley CEOs that she works with to step aside because she’s got an appointment with someone more important: you.

This episode is a guide to 6 recommended and researched fasting protocols. You’ll learn about each one and how they unleash your body’s natural ability to heal itself, reset the gut, and even get rid of damaged cells in the body.

Dr. Mindy breaks it all down with significant research, stories, and shocking statistics. 

She’ll teach you:

  • What fasting even is and why it’s different from a "diet"
  • The 6 different fasting protocols and their researched-backed benefits
  • The 3 easiest ways to start fasting at any point
  • What the two energy systems in your body are and how fasting helps you tap into both
  • What is biologically happening when you follow a fasting protocol?
  • What Keto really stands for and why the term "Keto-friendly" can’t be trusted
  • The 9 cellular healing benefits of fasting and how it can help cure disease
  • The fasting protocol that will help you lose belly fat (for good)

I can’t wait for you to learn from Dr. Mindy about this free tool that may just be what you’ve been looking for. Get ready to feel empowered.

Xo, Mel

IMPORTANT: This podcast discusses fasting, and its advice may not be suitable for anyone with an eating disorder. If you have an existing health condition, are pregnant or nursing, or are taking medication, always consult your healthcare practitioner before going for prolonged periods without eating.

In this episode:

  • 4:40: According to the research, what does fasting do?
  • 5:30: Here’s why fasting is such a passion for Dr. Mindy Pelz.
  • 7:20: So how does fasting work exactly?
  • 10:00: Our bodies have two energy systems, but we only use one.
  • 12:15: What is autophagy and why should I care?
  • 14:00: When your body isn’t making ketones, you’re missing a key component of health.
  • 17:30: The surprising places most of the fasting research comes from.
  • 20:40: Science recommends intermittent fasting as a first line of treatment.
  • 21:45: This is why fasting is NOT a dieting trend.
  • 25:00: Here’s how fasting melts calories, no matter what you eat.
  • 28:20: Got cravings? This is where they come from and how you can control them.
  • 31:00: Ignore “keto-friendly” marketing; eat this food instead.
  • 33:00: Fasting is not for pregnant and nursing women, or people with eating disorders.
  • 35:10: What about my coffee?
  • 37:15: Describing the 6 different types of fasting. 
  • 39:50: I want to make this idea of fasting easy for you.
  • 45:40: When your body makes a ketone, it also makes the calming GABA hormone.
  • 48:00: Let’s unpack autophagy and who exactly that is for.
  • 54:40: How do intestinal stem cells make a difference to your health?
  • 55:35: Is it even safe to fast for 36 hours, and why on earth do I want to do that?
  • 58:30: Feeling anxious? Give this type of intermittent fasting a try.
  • 60:30: Research found that fasting chemo patients had healthier white blood cells. 

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