Intermittent fasting has caught your attention and you’re thinking about adding it into your vegan keto diet lifestyle?
Intermittent fasting is a sure-fire way to lose weight and encourage ketosis to improve your health. But (there’s always a but, otherwise, this would be the same as every other blog on the topic) like every diet technique there’s an optimal approach to intermittent fasting to lose weight. Don’t go starving yourself without the know-how to drop those pounds/kg’s in a healthy and sustainable way. If you want to change to vegan keto but don’t want to do it alone you can buy our Ultimate 21-day Vegan Keto Weight-loss Diet System. Prices are from $9.99. We also offer coaching and consultations. Or get our free guide here.
We’re going to have a wonderful wander through the history, principles, benefits, and steps to successful intermittent fasting with a couple of kind & keto secret tips too good not to share.
Intermittent Fasting is Not Starving Yourself
Most of us have done it. Couldn’t lose enough weight to squeeze into that dress for a big event, so resorted to starving ourselves. Got into the dress; but totally regretted it. Didn’t do you any good did it?
Starving ourselves slows down our metabolism and puts our body into “trapped on a desert island” defense mode. Obviously starvation is not sustainable.
When we stagger limply to the fridge with our new slower metabolism to resume scoffing our normal diet and calorie levels we gain weight.
Fasting to lose weight just to go ahead and gain weight…the age-old diet dilemma. That’s not what proper intermittent fasting is all about.
Is Intermittent Fasting Dangerous?
Everything is risky if you don’t do it properly. As always, if you’re considering any dramatic diet change (and skipping meals certainly falls into that cat) consult your doc first.
FACT: Our ancestors were intermittent fasters – naturally
Consider our primal history. With the absence of processed foods, snacks, supermarkets, and fridges, Ancient cultures consumed more natural ‘good’ fats. Hunter-gatherers ate what they could hunt, (nooooo says the vegan) when pickings were slim, they would fast.
Fasting in Historical Cultures
Fasting is an ancient healing practice in many cultures.
Hippocrates – widely considered the father of modern medicine, championed the prescription of fasting. He wrote:
“To eat when you are sick, is to feed your illness.”
Benjamin Franklin knew a thing or two, he one wrote:
“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
Ancients of Indy, Egypt, and Greece employed intermittent fasting to prevent and treat certain diseases. Believed to strengthen the body, intermittent fasting triggers the release of an organic chemical in the brain and body giving us more focus, energy, and alertness.
Fasting for spiritual purposes remains firm in virtually all major religions. Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, all shared beliefs around the healing power fasting, and its intrinsic benefits to the body and spirit.
In Buddhism, it is not uncommon for followers to eat food in the morning, then fast from noon to the following morning. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
Calorie Mythbuster Time
Have you heard people say “A calorie is a calorie is a calorie”? This is the opinion that it doesn’t matter whether you eat 200 calories of avocados or 200 calories of potato chips, because all dietary calories contain 4,184 Joules of energy. The theory is that your body will burn food in the same manner, having the same effect on your weight.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. A calorie is NOT a calorie, come on peeps, give our complex biochemistry some credit! We can all agree, the ticket to losing weight is consuming fewer calories than we expend. Our bodies find it easier to burn carbs and sugar. Carbs are converted to glucose and burned for energy. If the carbs and sugars aren’t around, our body is forced to burn fat stores for energy. That is ketosis and keto is great for losing weight.
But it gets even better
By adding healthy fats to our clients (vs running off carbs/sugar/glucose), it allows our body to feel satiated longer and overall consume less calories.
You know that feeling when you just HAVE to eat something? When in ketosis we have freedom from those cravings because when we’re fueled with dietary fats our body seamlessly switches to burning off body fat. It’s called being “Fat Adapted”. Like our ancient intermittent fasting ancestors, we feel satiated.
Feeling satiated allows us to intermittent fast and skip a meal without going into “desert island” mode. Skipping a meal allows us to decrease calories. This healthy decrease in calories allows us to lose weight in a more sustainable, nonstarving way. Once we are fat-adapted it’s possible to go on longer, or multiple day fasts.
Bonus Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting as a Budget Booster
Intermittent fasting helps us save some casharoony or afford to eat more organic foods because we’re only dishing out cash for two meals per day.
Time Saving Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
I know a lot of other busy Mamma’s out there who could use more time in the morn. I choose to skip breakfast for my intermittent fasting. It bides me more time for the mandatory lost hat hunt and requirement to repeat “put your shoes on!” 18 times.
Many mums like me accidentally skip breakfast for these reasons. If you didn’t get those good fats into your bod the previous night, cue starvation, cheesecake cravings, and weight gain.
VEGAN KETO SECRET TIP
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Popular Intermittent Fasting Methods
Leagains Protocal – that’s me! Skipping breakfast and keeping the daily eating window to 8 hours. Mine is from 12pm – 8pm. 5:2 Diet – Eat normally over 5 days per week and choose two consecutive days in which you consume only 600 calories or less. 24hr fast – Once or twice per week fast for a full 24hrs. Eg. don’t eat from lunch one day to lunch the following day.
Preparation Before Intermittent Fasting
The most important thing to do if you’re interested in intermittent fasting is to lay a great healthy diet foundation first. Successful intermittent fasting should not feel like you’re depriving yourself and going ‘hungry.’ Maintain a healthy low carb / high fat (good fats) whole foods diet, and you’re on your way to giving your gut a well-deserved break in a sustainable, healthy way.
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