I’ve been on the ketogenic diet for six months now. For the last three months, I’ve been playing with intermittent fasting.
I started out doing the most common form, the 16:8 eating window for fasting. You do not ingest anything with caloric value for 16 hours, and then eat all your calories in eight hours. It’s up to you to decide when that eight hour window occurs. For me, I fasted until 2pm and ate until 10pm (or sometimes I stopped earlier).
I did the 16:8 fasting schedule for two months. I did this while keeping a strict ketogenic diet (eating a diet of about 75% fat, 10% protein and 5% carbs).
I was always hungry in the mornings, and often grumpy. To make matters worse, I was consistently losing weight. While that may be another individual’s goal, it isn’t mine.
I started the ketogenic diet at approximately 133lb (7lb underweight for my height and age). I am now approx 120lb. At my lowest weight, I have reached 115lb. It was not a good time in my life and was the result of my numerous health issues.
Last month, I decided this practice wasn’t helping me and was possibly hindering me.
The whole reason I began intermittent fasting was so that I could lower inflammation in my body. Inflammation is a big contributing factor to chronic pain and illness. The hope is that by lower inflammation your chronic issues will begin to diminish. Sadly, I didn’t feel much of a change in the months I was doing the intermittent fasting, except for the end of my acne.
Much of this result – lowered inflammation – is attributed to a lack of insulin (or insulin spikes) in your life. So if you are fasting insulin promoting food (carbs and protein) then your body won’t see a spike in insulin and thus won’t have an inflammatory response during that period of fasting.
Well, fat spikes insulin minimally, and I was already eating a high fat diet, so I decided to do a form of fasting mimicking. Now for approximately 16-18 hours of the day, I only ingest fat. I have two meals with nutritious vegetables and protein and take my supplements for the other 6-8 hours.
This change in my diet has greatly improved my mood. I am also able to go throughout the day without getting frustrated by my hunger. I have also begun to finally gain some weight back. (Bear in mind I am eating at a caloric surplus and my activity level has been lowered.)
I strongly suggest this diet for anyone interested in fasting, but finds it just isn’t working for them. Especially if you’re eating a ketogenic diet, this is a wonderful, satisfying alternative to true intermittent fasting.
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