Intermittent Fasting and a Low Carb Diet

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When you start researching intermittent fasting, you might notice that it is often mentioned or recommended to people who are on low-carb diets like Keto or Atkins. While intermittent fasting can definitely be done for anyone, regardless of your way of eating, it is very popular in low-carb communities. Here is more information about the link between intermittent fasting and being on a low carb diet.

There are many reasons people on a low carb diet will go for intermittent fasting, but a lot of this depends on the type of diet you are doing. With a low carb diet, you are consuming less carbohydrates, and either moderate or high protein. If you are on keto, you have moderate protein, high fat, and low carbohydrates. Atkins prefers higher protein and slightly more carbohydrates than a ketogenic diet.

For someone on a low carb diet, you are often adjusting to your varying sugar levels, attempting to stay full in between meals. With intermittent fasting added in, you learn to stabilize those sugar levels, so you aren’t craving sugar and carbs, which you don’t eat on a low carb diet.

If you are on a ketogenic diet, or keto, you have probably come across intermittent fasting. It is particularly popular for keto followers due to the unique benefits it provides you. With keto, you enter a state of ketosis. This is when your body begins burning fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. You can really increase the fat burning potential if you are also doing intermittent fasting, burning nearly twice as much fat as you normally would. Plus, intermittent fasting allow you to more easily control the amount of carbs you consume.

I tend to go back and forth. If I wake up hungry, I will eat breakfast. If I’m not hungry, I will drink my coffee and eat when I’m hungry. Sometimes that could be anywhere from 11-1 depending on the day. I’m learning to listen to my body and not do the same things every day. Every day is different. Still practicing that mindful stuff 😉 It has really helped, so I will be doing more blog posts on that.

It is really important that you not start intermittent fasting on the same day that you start your low carb diet. These should be spread apart so that you adjust to one thing before the next. It is ideal that you start your low carb diet first, then remain on it for at least 2-3 weeks. Once your body has adjusted and adapted to the lower amount of carbs, you can then start transitioning into your preferred method of intermittent fasting. This gives you enough time to adjust to one big change before making another big change. It is also good to try it after you have become fat adapted on a keto diet, which takes a few weeks.

You will find that fasting is easier when you are eating low carb. You feel fuller longer and don’t get as hungry. Again, try low carb first and then add in intermittent fasting if you want to. For great information about a ketogenic diet, read The Keto Beginning. I’m currently playing around with Healthful Pursuits Fat Fueled Protocol. I will let you guys know how that is working out for me this week. I’ll post some recipes I will be trying from Healthful Pursuits meal plans as well.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions. Make it a great week.

Talk to you soon,

Tammy 🙂

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