As we age the tricks we used to use to lose weight no longer work. Our body has figured us out and it isn’t falling for it anymore. The greatest thing you can do for your body, no matter which diet you choose, is to fast. Fasting windows can vary in duration and frequency. You may find value in fasting for 16 hours a daily or 24 hours once a week.
The timeframe is different for everyone. Men and women fast differentlay because of the hormonal connections associated with cell repair and stress. A fast of any kind will add stress to your body, but if you can eliminate junk foods in advance then your body can handle the additional stress of waiting to eat.
The longer you ate eating a ketogenic diet, the more you realize that you do not need to eat 3 times a day to sustain your energy level. You may feel satisfied after 1-2 meals. This doesn’t mean that you need to binge eat for 6 hours straight during your eating window. Simply stated you can eat when you are hungry during your eating window. During your fasting period you need to limit yourself to water, tea or black coffee.
For over a year I was eating a Keto diet and felt full and bloated after dinner. I started noticing that I wasn’t starving at dinner time and if I skipped the meal and waited to eat in the morning, I wasn’t stressed about trying to feed myself dinner and feeding children at the same time. In one swift move I was able to eliminate stress, bloat and weight. I would wake up in the morning, full of energy and down almost a pound every other day.
Here‘s a typical day for me:
5:00 am wake
8:00 am break my fast with coffee & protein & fat
10:30 am snack of nuts and cheese
12:00 pm fat, protein and veggie
1:30 pm adjust macros with additional fat or protein
2:00 pm eating window is closed
6:00 pm make dinner for the family
9:00 pm go to sleep
You can easily see from my day above that I may not even eat again at 1:30. I may get everything I need by 1:00 and finish my window early.
Other observations I have made from my own fasting:
If I attempt to eat free range on the weekend, no fasting at all, I will be bloated and my weight will jump up again. I will continue to fine tune my fasting because the overall goal or objective is to function at the same rate with the smallest window and the least amount of calories because that means that our bodies are working properly without storing excess unused fuel. Our goal is to use our fuel completely up every single day. An analogy: when do you get gas for your car? Do you just fill up your car’s Gas tank at breakfast and then lunch and then dinner? No, you do not. You fill your tank when you are very close to EMPTY. So then why not use that same school of thought for your body?
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