If you’ve been involved in the keto diet or have even read anything about it, then you’ve probably heard that intermittent fasting and the keto diet pretty much go hand in hand.
Fasting goes back thousands of years and people throughout the ages have used fasting for both religious and health reasons.
Fasting is nothing more than the practice of not consuming food for a period of time.
Instead you consume nothing or at least stick to beverages like water, herbal tea and black coffee that don’t have any calories.
Even today, research continues to show the benefits of fasting.
And one type of fasting in particular is showing a lot of benefit and is getting a lot of attention.
It’s called intermittent fasting.
And in this article, we’ll talk about a variety of intermittent fasting strategies and I’ll explain how each of them works and how best to incorporate them into your life.
If you have never tried fasting before, don’t worry, getting started is simple and quite easy for most people.
It’s something I recommend in my Two-Week Keto Challenge and it can really help to accelerate the benefits of keto.
Here’s how it works.
To begin with…
There are three distinct stages of Intermittent Fasting.
Phase 1: called the fed state, starts when you begin eating and lasts between 3-5 hour.
Phase 2: called the post absorptive state is defined as when your body is no longer processing a meal. This phase can last until 8-12 hours after your meal
And finally phase 3: is called the fasted state, this phase starts 12 hours after your last meal and is when all the magic of fat burning occurs.
Ideally, you’ll want to achieve a 12+ hour fasted state to maximize fat burning.
And there are six ways to implement fasting into your daily keto plan.
Simple Fast – This is a basic fast, where you simply drink water only for 12 hours between dinner and breakfast.
Example: Finish dinner at 8pm and don’t eat again until 8am.
Brunch Fast – Here’s where you would do a 14 hour fast between dinner and breakfast. They call it a brunch fast because you are going to eat your breakfast a bit later than most.
Example: Finish dinner at 8pm and don’t eat again until 10am.
Cycle Fast – This type of fast is typically done just 3 times per week. And it’s defined as a 16 hour fast where you’d skip either dinner or breakfast.
Example: Finish dinner at 8pm and eat again around 12pm-1pm at lunch the next day. Do this on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.
Strong Fast – A strong fast is defined as an eating pattern where all your calories are consumed within a 6-8 hour feeding window each day.
Example: This would mean fasting in the morning and eating between 1-8pm each day or 9am-4pm each day or choose any 6-8-hour period that works for you.
Warrior Fast – In ancient times warriors would march all day then feast at night. And in this type of fast you would consume all of your food within a 3-5-hour window.
Example: Consume 2 meals in a 3-5 hour eating window such as 1-5pm or 4-8pm, etc.
24 Hour Fast – In this type of fast, for 24 hours each week you would fast by only consuming water, greens powders and herbal tea. Some may also include a diluted organic broth during this fast.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways to fast.
And if fat loss is your primary goal, I prefer the brunch fast.
It’s something you can do every day and when combined with a ketogenic diet like you’ll learn in the Two-Week Keto Challenge.
It creates a powerful fat burning effect.
Here are just some of the MANY benefits of fasting.
- Fasting Improves Immune Regulation – That’s because fasting allows your body to put more energy and focus into the process of regulating your immune system.
- Fasting Stimulates Cellular Autophagy – Fasting also stimulates the process of autophagy, this is where your body breaks down old and damaged cells and abnormally developing cells and recycles them for energy.
- Fasting Improves Genetic Repair Mechanisms – Intermittent fasting enhances cellular rejuvenation by acting on certain genetic repair mechanisms.
- Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity – During times of food scarcity our cell membranes become more sensitive to insulin.
So, there you have it a proven health boosting addition to your NEW ketogenic lifestyle…
There’s simply NOTHING more powerful and combined with Intermittent Fasting…
If you haven’t yet joined the Two-Week Keto Challenge, I highly recommend it.
Inside we go into even greater detail on how you can combine intermittent fasting and keto for even better results.
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