What is intermittent fasting (IF)? Before starting a keto lifestyle the only fasting I had ever experienced or really known about was linked to my faith. I fasted at certain times or certain meals and instead of spending time eating I spent that time praying or focused on God. This is different. Although, to be honest, you can absolutely make the two work together if you wanted, which is super cool. (Let’s chat about it)
The most basic IF is 16:8. You don’t eat for 16 hours, but then you consume all your daily calories and macros within 8 hours. So for example you may stop eating at 8pm and then not eat again until after 12pm. You would then consume all your food for the day from 12pm-8pm. That’s the eight hour window. Some people adjust these times and fast for a longer amount but 16:8 is the most basic concept.
Why? There are so many benefits to IF! My favorite one? It’s linked to living longer! Yup, longevity! I’ll take that. Your body remains in ketosis without needing to burn the food you’re eating for 16 hours, giving it time to burn more stored fat. Check out this video for some more info on intermittent fasting.
PRO TIP: Anything over 50 calories will kick you out of your fast. Black coffee is great, but watch out for any extras.