Fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for spiritual purposes, health benefits, and mental clarity, to help you achieve a better well-being.
Fasting and Keto is the perfect pair. While on the ketogenic diet, you will likely feel more satiated and have a long lasting feeling of fullness. Therefore, many people incorporate intermediate fasting by eating only 1 or 2 meals a day versus eating three or more times throughout the day. The ultimate goal of the keto diet is to lower blood sugar. Foods on the keto diet don’t cause the blood sugar to spike. The result is that your body winds up getting in fat burning mode much more easily than if you chose to consume a traditional diet.
A ketogenic diet helps to improve anyone’s fasting endurance. This ultimately leads to better health, weight loss, spiritual enlightenment, more stable moods, and a stronger overall feeling of balance and well-being. Fasting is one of the many tools for success to incorporate with the keto diet that I will guide you through to help you reach your best you ever.
Many people worry that fasting will cause the body to starve. However, all religions utilize fasting as a means of worship and prayer. The only way our bodies can heal (mentally and physically) is through fasting.
When we abuse our bodies by constantly feeding them, we are putting band aids over many health issues while making the symptoms worse. This is what often leads to obesity, and many of the health conditions associated with being overweight.
When you fast, your body takes a break from digesting. Not only that, but it can take a break from having to cleanse the all-too-common toxins that a traditional diet contains. This break encourages healing, while helping to reduce unnecessary fat storage. Fasting WILL lead to weight loss, aid in overcoming addictions, and dissolving mental illness. It also offers many other therapeutic benefits.
Take “baby steps” while starting to fast. This will allow your endurance to grow and teach you to trust your body. The benefits will only increase, starting with how positive you feel when you begin feeling and seeing results.
There are different ways that you can choose to fast. Some are easier than others to make a part of a daily routine, while others, like block fasting, require a stronger commitment. This type of fasting should be discussed with your health care provider before beginning.
Intermediate- The most popular fasting routine is the 16/8 fast. You have an 8 hour eating window and fast for 16 hours. A great example is skipping breakfast, consuming first meal at noon and end by 8 pm. For optimal results, start with 1-2 meals without snacking throughout the day.
Alternative Day- Another popular version of fasting is every other day. For example, you would have your ending a meal at 7 pm, then fast the next day, and first meal in the morning, or whatever fits your lifestyle.
Block Fasting- Please consult with your physician before starting a block fast. Many people do block fasting to treat illness or for spiritual enlightenment. While your reasons will vary depending on your needs, a block fast can be quite difficult at first, and really isn't meant for everyone.
While fasting might seem like a bit of torture to many, it really does offer some tremendous benefits that include: