Monday, June 17, 2019

Can I have ____ while fasting??

Can I have ______ while fasting is the most popular question about IF. The short answer is NO, ha. 

I have gone back and forth and here is my opinion on it all. Disclaimer: This is MY opinion, I am sure not an expert by any means on this matter. I also don’t think what anyone on IF is doing is wrong, this is just going to be my strategy on how I do it. I know there are a lot of different beliefs and strategies out there.  I support them all and think you have to do what is best for you!!

Ok...I truly try to be as clean as I can during my “fast.” For me, that means black coffee ( I still hate it), plain water, and non-flavored sparkling or mineral water. Period, end of sentence. Well..some may say that coffee breaks your fast, but I am just going to straight up ignore that.  That is just how I am doing it for now. Why do I want to clean fast?  Here is the thing, it’s nearly impossible to tell what signals our body to produce insulin and take us out of the fasting state. Is it calories (under 50?).... everyone is different so there is no way to know.

My strategy is fasting as clean as possible for a while, so I can figure out how my body responds to foods and drinks.  After I really know what it feels like to be in ketosis, and the fasting stage, I can start to introduce things back in to see if they throw me off or make me more hungry. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body.

It is all about not releasing insulin when in the fasted stage. We want our body to burn fat from our bodies while fasting. LOWER INSULIN = GREATER FAT LOSS.  So, we don't know what triggers our insulin levels for sure.  Studies have shown just tasting something sweet, not even swallowing it, can trigger the brain to start producing insulin.  Click on the link for this specific study. 

I feel like I can keep this up too, because I have a longer window than a lot of IFers have . I am doing the 16/8, so I have 8 hours to drink my yummy coffees and other drinks I enjoy during that time. I find during the week I am doing 10-6 or 9:30-5:30 depending on my schedule.  The weekends are harder, but if I go off for a few hours, it's not hard for me to hop back on. 

I am going to stick to it a little longer mainly because my energy levels have been so good.  Still not down any weight, but I really am not as tired as I use to be which is the biggest win in my opinion.

Thanks for all your tips and info you have shared with me as well.  Have a great Monday!


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