If you're new to the low carb keto diet or way of eating you may have heard a few people in one of the low carb keto facebook groups mention intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting: What Is It AND Why Should I Try It On A Keto Diet?
Simply put intermittent fasting is going 12-16 hours between eating your last meal or bite of food at the end of a day until you eat again the next day.
It isn't a hard and fast rule that you have to practice intermittent fasting on a low carb keto diet but it does help some people get past weight loss stalls. If you're like me and you just don't like to eat breakfast skipping breakfast ends up being a natural way of intermittent fasting.
But what if I hate fasting or if I can't go more than 4 hours without eating?
When you are in ketosis you are a fat fueled body. Your liver converts fats including your own body fat into ketones which are your fuel rather than glucose aka sugar. Since you are no longer on a sugar roller coaster you will find you won't be as hungry or feel that starving feeling you do when you're a carb/sugar fueled body. It will be much easier to fast.
How does intermittent fast help me?
Cell Rejuvenation: There are several benefits of fasting, one thing that has struck me as amazing is how the body works at being efficient. When you fast your body dumps all the cells that aren't functioning at their best including cancer cell formation. It also helps rejuvinate nerve cells. All cells in the body! When you come out of your fast the body replaces those cells with fresh healthy new ones.
Fat for Fuel: According to Dr Mercola, " Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to use fat as its primary fuel, and mounting evidence confirms that when your body becomes adapted to burning FAT instead of sugar as its primary fuel, you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease"
Have your tried intermittent fasting? What do you think? Did it help you? Did you notice a difference in the way you feel and look?