Does fasting seem formidable to you?
So does embarking on an intermittent fast and going long hours without eating seem ideal for you? I mean, it is a big commitment, so if you are choosing to make this journey, then good for you. However, sometimes you may have days in which you wake up, and decide I don’t think I can commit to a complete fast today! You may have selected when you woke up in the AM that, ” I am hungry this morning” but still want to mimic a partial fasting state.
It is okay to mimic a partial fasting state
Now, let me tell you that choosing to mimic a partial fasting state is just fine! I feel that as long as you keep your snack light and make it keto-friendly, then it is okay! You can still conquer ketosis as long as you stick to the keto pantry list ( see this post). For instance, today, I woke up and decided I was hungry but still wanted to skip out on food the majority of the day. I decided to go ahead and just eat a little bit. I ended up having BHU keto bites ( well actually two of them ) with no regrets! ( You can purchase the white chocolate macadamia flavor here which is my favorite).
After I ate these two keto bites, I placed my carbs and calories into Cronometer.com and subtracted that from my 500 calories for the day. Of course, I didn’t have many calories leftover, but I at least conquered a partial fast. For me, this was a pleasant change from my usual intermittent fasting protocol, and it still allowed me to stay in ketosis. Please see this post for more information on the ketogenic diet.
Afterward, I felt like I could tackle the day still and do somewhat of a partial fast. Following, this regimen coincides with an already established fasting protocol by Dr. Mosely called the 5:2 plan. On fasting days, he recommends cutting your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories, or about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women. Of course, make sure to do this along with plenty of water and tea.
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term that covers a wide array of fasting schedules. As a general rule, it involves cutting calories in whole or in part, either a couple of days a week, every other day, or even daily. Dr. Mosley became so convinced of the health benefits of intermittent fasting he wrote a book on the subject, called The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting.2
I would highly recommend for you to educate yourself on the different types of fasting. There are so many different schedules that you can adopt in your lifestyle. There is no one size fits all! Sometimes it is even beneficial for you to change some of them around to prevent boredom. Whatever fast you choose, just know you are doing your body a huge favor and providing it many benefits.