Fasting Benefits

Fasting is simply put, not eating or drinking anything other than water, black coffee or unsweetened tea.

Daily intermittent fasting is only eating within a predetermined eating window, e.g. eating between 12 PM and 6 PM will give you an 18 hour fasting window, also referred to as 18:6 fasting.

Fasting can super-charge a ketogenic diet. Fasting gives the pancreas a longer break allowing insulin levels to drop lower.

Not eating anything for 18 hours may sound a bit overwhelming, but most of the fasting happens while we sleep. We can easily get to an 18 hour fast by just skipping breakfast.

It’s good practice to focus on food first and add intermittent fasting (IF) once we are fat adapted. Being fat adapted means that our body easily switches fuel sources, with keto from carbohydrates to fat. When using fat for fuel, the body is not starving and not sending hunger signals. Occasional hunger pangs are easily managed.

Next to the keto diet, intermittent fasting is the most powerful tool in improving our metabolic health.

Dr. Jason Fung explains the advantage of fasting:

The Aetiology of Obesity – What causes obesity. Dr. Jason Fung says, if we get the cause wrong, we cannot get the treatment right. Obesity is not a caloric problem; it is a problem of too much insulin. The ultimate solution to treat obesity is to lower insulin.

Dr. Jason Fung - 'The Aetiology of Obesity'