Intermittent Fasting is all about when you eat, not how you eat. When combined with the power of the Keto Diet, it can be quite effective.
Many people are confused about the term “fasting”. So we’ll clarify that for you and show you how it can be of benefit.
When going Keto, it’s important to know you can benefit by varying the times you eat along with what and how much you eat.
Whether your results have hit a stationary point or you’re just starting out Keto, we can show you a way to boost those results. One of the main things that can improve by adding Intermittent Fasting to going Keto is your energy level.
First, let’s cover the two basic terms you’ll need to understand.
Feeding: This is when you’re eating.
Fasting: Any time between meals when you’re not eating.
Different Ways to do Intermittent Fasting
There’s more than one way to do intermittent fasting.
Using this method means you will be eating all your nutritional allotment within a 4 to 7-hour window. You would be in a fasting state the rest of the time. Often people use ratios when referring to their fasting windows. For example,18/6 would mean 18 hours of fasting and 6 hours of eating time.
Skipping A Meal:
One way many people like to try is Skipped Meals. This is simply going without a meal you would normally eat. Doing so means you’re increasing your fasting time. You can choose which meal to skip based on your own personal lifestyle. It really doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. What’s important is to make it work for you.
This means you’re not eating for 24-48 hours. Choosing this method means you don’t eat for 1-2 days. But you will be drinking water and the appropriate electrolyte fluids (non-sugar).
A word of caution. It is recommended you not start with a 24-48 hour fasting period unless you’re used to doing so. If you want to use the Multi-Hour Cleanse approach, it’s best to start out slowly by using the Eating Windows approach. Then, you can begin to narrow down the number of hours of eating and increase the number of hours of fasting.
Intermittent Fasting doesn’t have to be done every day to be effective. It can be done once or twice a week and still be helpful. Everyone is different. Listen to your body and do what is right for you.
Here’s the big question. Just how does Intermittent Fasting work?
It’s important to understand what we’re doing when we engage in Intermittent Fasting. We’re doing our entire nutritional intake within a certain period of time. In other words, we’re limiting ourselves to only eating during a specific time period.
Many people forget how many snacks they have during the day, so don’t understand why they’re not losing weight. Intermittent Fasting can be very helpful in controlling unconscious snacking. It lets you track more easily what you’re eating.
Given time, your body will get used to the fasting and you’ll notice you’re not as hungry as you were before.
Another great benefit of the fasting is giving our bodies the chance to break down the extra fat and convert it to the energy it needs to operate. When the body enters ketosis, we’ve entered a place where our bodies are mimicking a fasting state. This is because the body has used up the glucose and is accessing the stored fats to burn as fuel.
How To Time Meals for Intermittent Fasting
As you now know, when using Intermittent Fasting, you’re narrowing down the times you eat to a specific window. One of the most popular strategies is to fast for 18 hours and only eat during a 6-hour window.
Here’s an example of how that would work. Let’s say you had a meal at 6pm. The next time you would eat would be at noon the next day. Remember, on Intermittent Fasting, we count the hours we are asleep as fasting hours. So, with this schedule, you’d only be eating between noon and 6pm.
How Intermittent Fasting Enhances the Ketogenic Diet
Since you’re already getting so many great benefits from the Ketogenic Diet, you’re probably asking yourself how adding in Intermittent Fasting could make much difference. Well, with the addition of Intermittent Fasting to the Ketogenic Diet, you’re increasing effects, i.e., even more energy and anti-aging benefits.
This is because of a Nobel Prize winner by the name of Yoshinori Ohsumi. He won the Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of a biological process called autophagy. Autophagy is when the cell consumes itself. To most people this sounds like a terrible thing. But not when you look at what is really going on.
During autophagy, cell parts like damaged proteins that are not needed are recycled. Also, detrimental microorganisms and toxic components are removed. This is key to anti-aging and removing disease from the body.
But autophagy doesn’t happen all the time. By participating in fasting and restricting proteins and carbs, you can force different phases of the autophagic process. Now you understand even more why the Ketogenic Diet is of such tremendous benefit to you. And why Intermittent Fasting helps you multiply those benefits.
Better Brain Function
One big benefit to consider with Intermittent Fasting is improved brain function and mental focus.
As you may remember from our other reports, the brain takes a lot of energy to operate.
Burning fat is one of the best fuels for your body to utilize since it is one of the most energy-efficient. Once your body has adapted itself ketogenically, the brain can run on the ketones that come from the fat that breaks down in the liver.
If you’re in ketosis, your body is probably out of glycogen. When you’re eating Keto, that’s fine. That means your body can burn the fats you’ve been consuming when you eat Keto. To your brain, that’s a good thing. It means it can run at maximum efficiency all the time. To you, that means increased mental focus and clarity.