You’ve probably heard something recently about intermittent fasting. I have been learning a lot about the topic over the last several months as well. When I recently saw this short video from Mark Sisson, I thought he does a nice job of simplifying the topic.
I have adopted, for the most part, what Mark calls a “compressed eating window,” as opposed to intermittent fasting. I typically skip breakfast and only have coffee with heavy whipping cream. You might ask, “does this break my fast having heavy whipping cream?” I used to wonder the same thing. I found this great video from Two Fit Docs where they conducted a test on how your ketone levels were impacted after having heavy cream and even MCT oil in your coffee.
Intermittent fasting is no different than anything else when trying to live a Primal Lifestyle. There is not one approach that fits all. Each one of us has to play around and do what feels right. If you wake up and you are not hungry, drink some water, coffee, or tea and see if you can make it to late morning or even lunch time. Having some minor hunger pangs is not necessarily a bad thing. Remember, your body is using this time to “recharge” cells, not to mention you are also trying to allow your body to burn fat from your hip and thighs as opposed to relying on carbs from your normal breakfast!
Over time, the ultimate goal is to have metabolic flexibility to where you can go without eating and still go about your normal day, and yes, even get a workout in without needing food for fuel. As with anything new, go easy and trust how you feel.
Benefits fo Intermittent Fasting:
- Metabolic Flexibility
- Metabolic Efficiency
- Burn off Body Fat