How to Boost Your Intermittent Fasting Results
- Intermittent fasting is when you don’t eat for a set period each day.
- Temporarily cutting out food has enormous benefits for your body and your mind, including weight loss and improved memory.
- There are easy hacks to ramp up your intermittent fasting results. Some of these include drinking Bulletproof Coffee; adding MCT oil to meals; and limiting carbs.
You’ve started intermittent fasting and you’ve maybe dropped a bit of weight, and your brain feels a little sharper. But you want to ramp up your intermittent fasting results. The good news? There are hacks to do that. Read on to discover some effective ways to get the most out of intermittent fasting. And if you’re totally new to the idea, head over here to learn how intermittent fasting works, and how to begin.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is when you don’t eat for a set period each day. Research shows that temporarily cutting out food can have enormous benefits for your body and your mind. It can help you lose weight, ward off chronic disease, lower cholesterol, improve memory, and much more. Learn more here about why intermittent fasting is so good for you.
How to boost your intermittent fasting results
Perhaps you want to lose more weight, or you need a lot of brain power to get through the day and aren’t getting the intermittent fasting effects you’d hoped for. There are a few things that can get in the way, especially if you’re new to the diet plan. Luckily, they’re easy to tweak. Here are proven ways to boost your intermittent fasting results:
Drink Bulletproof Coffee
Traditional intermittent fasting plans can leave you hungry and cranky. On fasting plans like the 18:6, you fast following dinner (around 8pm) until about 2pm the following day. Getting “hangry” mid-morning is not what you need, especially if you have a job and you need to get stuff done. There’s a hack for that.
With Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting, you still skip breakfast, but drink a Bulletproof Coffee instead. Each cup has grass-fed butter, Brain Octane Oil (a form of MCT oil, a saturated fatty acid that gives your body instant energy) and coffee to put you into mild ketosis — a metabolic state where your body burns fat for energy in the absence of carbs. In this mode, you feel more alert and less hungry, so you can power through your fast. The high dose of good quality fats also keeps you full for hours, so you won’t feel any distracting hunger pangs. Just make sure not to add any milk or sugar to your coffee — carbs and protein will knock you out of the fasting state.
Add Brain Octane Oil to your meals
When you do eat, drizzle a high-quality MCT oil like Brain Octane Oil over your food, like salad or vegetables. Brain Octane can accelerate weight loss and keep you from feeling hungry. Brain Octane creates a background level of ketones — those are the fatty acid molecules that your body burns for energy when you’re in ketosis. Brain Octane can keep ketones up to 0.7 millimoles per liter. A blood ketone level of 0.5 is all you need to suppress appetite.
If you eat a lot of carbohydrates when not fasting, your body will stockpile glucose as glycogen — meaning, it’ll take a lot longer for your body to shift into ketosis, or fat-burning mode, when you’re fasting. That’s why the Bulletproof Diet recommends eating just one serving of starch or fruit a day. This simple tweak will accelerate your weight loss and fat burning goals.
When it comes to intermittent fasting, there’s no one-size-fits-all. The key is to experiment to see what works best for you. Maybe fasting seven days a week isn’t right for your body. Women especially need to be mindful when fasting. Typical intermittent fasting can sometimes cause problems for women, including sleeplessness, anxiety, hormone imbalance, and irregular periods. That’s because women have evolved to remain fertile and reproduce. When a woman restricts calories and healthy fats, her body gets stressed and goes into famine mode. Her fertility stops until her caloric intake increases to levels that can support reproduction.
But that doesn’t mean women shouldn’t fast. Most women feel better when they do Bulletproof Intermittent fasting instead. The fats in Bulletproof Coffee fuel your brain so you don’t get the same stress response. Learn more here about intermittent fasting and women.
If you’re experiencing any negative symptoms, cut down your fasting to once or twice a week, and build up from there. The key is to experiment and find what works for you.
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