What is Intermittent fasting, including questions and answers on whether it can help with a weight loss stall and boost your metabolism. Giving you the 101 with my experience with intermittent fasting while on keto.
So chances are by now you’ve heard about intermittent fasting. We get a lot of questions on whether intermittent fasting really works and whether it can help if you’ve hit a weight-loss plateau or want to get back into ketosis fast.
So we brought on Julie S., a registered dietitian to help us weigh in on this popular topic of Intermittent Fasting.
DISCLAIMER: As always, it’s best to consult with your own medical practitioner before embarking on any new dietary lifestyle so that you can both decide what works best for you.
You can find out what Julie thinks and her experience with Intermittent Fasting.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH INTERMITTENT FASTING:
by: Julie S., MHSc, RD
I’ve been doing some form of intermittent fasting on and off ever since college before I even knew it had a name.
Back then, I was always rushing off to class early in the morning to beat traffic. That left little time for breakfast. So most days, I’d just grab a coffee at the school cafe in between my first class. I wasn’t really much of a snacker or a breakfast eater and would often have my first meal after classes around 2 pm.
SO WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting (IF) is more of an eating schedule where you eat your meals during a specific period of time and consume little to no food for the remainder of the time. The window of time you choose for eating and fasting can vary depending on your goals and lifestyle.
Did you know that fasting has been done for thousands of years, especially as a religious practice. Only in recent years, intermittent fasting has become more popular, due to various books and videos from doctors like Dr. Berg and Dr. Jason Fung. It’s not really a diet but more of an eating strategy which may help you tune in to proper hunger signals and curb mindless snacking.
WHAT CAN YOU DRINK DURING INTERMITTENT FASTING:
Are you allowed to drink anything while intermittent fasting? You can consume various non-caloric drinks during the fasting window and still get all the healthy benefits of intermittent fasting.
These drinks will not break your fast or interfere with fat burning and/or autophagy:
- water – unflavored sparkling water, plain carbonated water, mineral water
- black coffee – plain, no sugar or milk/cream a.k.a no Bulletproof coffee
- black tea – plain, no sugar or milk/cream
ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS TO INTERMITTENT FASTING?
So why do many people do Intermittent Fasting?
Some studies have shown intermittent fasting may help:
- with weight loss / weight management
- decrease inflammation
- boost metabolism
- promote autophagy —> repairs / cleans out damaged cells
- improve memory
- boost brain health –> improve memory, clear brainfog
- heal gut issues and improve autoimmune conditions
- lowers risk for disease and help with diabetes
- promote longetivity
- drain glucose levels
COMBINING KETO AND INTERMITTENT FASTING
Since I was already following the ketogenic diet, I found it much easier to get through my fasting periods since I was already fat adapted (in the state of ketosis). And if you’re not already in ketosis, fasting helps you get into the state of ketosis.
WHO SHOULDN’T DO INTERMITTENT FASTING:
It is always a good idea to check with your medical practitioner before starting any dietary changes, however intermittent fasting is NOT recommended for those that are:
- younger than 18 years of age
- ill, have a medical condition, recovery from surgery, or taking prescription medication
- are pregnant / planning to get pregnant / breastfeeding
- are prone to / or have a history of an eating disporder
- underweight / with a BMI below 18.5