Most people naturally fast for about 12 hours each night. But you could play with those time frames. People practice many different lengths of fast. There is the 16 hour fast and 8 hour window to eat (16/8), 20/4, one meal a day (OMAD), 32 hours, 64 hours and 72 hours that are the most popular.
Intermittent fasting is a really good technique to combine with a low carb lifestyle. It helps to give the digestive system a rest and can be used to release weight. When you eat a low carb diet, you don’t get the same hunger cravings like you do eating the standard American diet. So this makes it much easier to practice.
The easiest to follow fasts allow water, coffee, tea, bulletproof coffee (with MCT oil), sea salt and bone broth. These taken through the day can prevent brain fog and keep to a more normal routine. When breaking a fast of longer than a day, it’s important to first eat a light meal or snack consisting of a few almonds, a small bit of protein like an egg, some vegetables, or soup. Then after a few hours you can eat a normal meal.
Who should try it? Anyone without underlying health conditions. Intermittent fasting is great to do to give your body the opportunity to cleanse and rest itself. Particularly after eating large amounts of food. It’s also a great way to restart weight loss, especially to shake a stall.
Have you tried intermittent fasting? How did you like it?
Are you feeling bloated and sluggish during the holiday season? You might consider some intermittent fasting to counteract all the food that comes with the holidays.
Intermittent fasting is about leaving longer periods of time between meals.