Intermittent fasting for keto diet, simple to implement and simple to screw up! So having spent the last several weeks incorporating intermittent fasting into my keto diet for healing my hypothyroidism, I discovered I’ve done a bunch of stuff wrong! Let’s get you started on the right foot with your intermittent fasting for keto diet success.
How Intermittent Fasting For Keto Diet Success Works
Intermittent fasting has been around for a long time. I remember years ago watching a TV documentary comparing intermittent fasting to long term fasting. They also talked about 6 1 fasting and 5 2 fasting. This was well before the whole ketogenic approach was a “thing”. Now we know that being in ketosis allows for healing of many metabolic dysfunctions.
- Metabolic Syndrome
How To Intermittent Fast
You actually already intermittent fast. This happens every night when you go to bed. What we intended to do with intermittent fasting is to extend the fast. In the beginning you should wait at least 12 hours after your last meal to break your fast. As this becomes easier you simply keep extending the fast until you are fasting 16 to 20 hours a day. Okay this might be elementary but fasting simply means not eating anything. You can drink water though.
Ways To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier
To make intermittent fasting easier, eat fat and protein at your last meal of the day. Fat makes you feel fuller longer. Don’t try intermittent fasting on keto until you are keto adapted. It does take a minute to build up the mitochondria needed to fuel your cells on ketones rather than glucose.
What Foods Will Break Your Fast
Okay so this one got me. Because for the last month weigh loss has stalled for me, I started looking into foods that will break your fast.
Pretty much anything with calories! This according to Thomas DeLauer things like cream, butter and even MCT oil will break your fast!
I had a major revelation after watching that video. For the last several weeks I have been incorporating bulletproof coffee into my morning routine! Because I drink so much of it in the morning I added a ton of calories to my diet first thing in the morning. The bottom line; I was not intermittent fasting!
My new approach incorporates green tea for my breakfast ritual along with a shot of ACV at night. Since I like to eat between 11 and 5 or 6, I can have a cup of real coffee around 11 then eat my main meal around 4 or 5. We shall see how that works for weight loss.
What Foods Will Help Your Fat Burning
When it comes to foods that help burn fat, nothing beats apple cider vinegar. I struggle drinking the stuff, but it makes such a big difference it is totally worth the momentary discomfort. I also find that 90% dark chocolate helps me curb the “I can’t deprive myself of chocolate” moments. And I am not afraid to lick coconut oil off the spoon.
Green tea & black coffee are also great tools to use for staving off “I am starving to death” messages that your stomach is sending to your brain. I might try espresso in the small cup first thing in the morning. With a squeeze of lemon rind of course. Time to get the espresso pot out.
What You Need To Consider Before Incorporating Intermittent Fasting With Hypothyroidism
Before you start intermittent fasting for keto when you if you also struggle with hypothyroidism you should consider the following points.
Don’t rush into intermittent fasting and keto and the same time. Getting a body into ketosis takes a minute. This whole thing reminds me of the old quitting cigarettes commercial.
I know it’s a stop smoking commercial yet it is appropriate for all kinds of lifestyle changes. Intermittent fasting for keto diet success fall into hard lifestyle changes. Here is one more that made a big impact on my life:
Both of these smoking ads could be turned around to eating empty carbs instead of smoking. Forgive yourself when you fall short of your expectations.
Keys To Success
Tracking your macros is important to successful keto dieting. You might want to read this post before you get started with keto. If you are already keto adapted, then adding intermittent fasting should be an easy process.
Make sure you get your necessary nutrients to support your thyroid daily by eating a variety of leafy green veggies, omega 3 rich fats, Brazil nuts and/or red meat for selenium, kelp, or iodine supplement and last but not least, iron and zinc. Getting these nutrients will support your thyroid while encouraging healthy weight loss.
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