Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diet
During this past year I have been implementing a different diet and eating practice that has benefited my health and well being substantially. The two distinct changes were that of intermittent fasting and eating foods according to the ketogenic diet. I will say it was quite the change to get used to! I have been experimenting with different diets for years looking to improve my overall performance and energy and the years go by this becomes more and more important.
I usually fast for 10 -12 hours a day and eat foods with a low carbohydrate content and no sugars. Heavy with greens and fatty meats are my go to’s when I am famished and have cravings. I find for myself this diet is sustainable as I never get tired of prime rib and bacon! Here are some profound effects of my current eating habits and dieting.
Inflammation in the body seems to be non existent
Gas? What gas? Yep there seems to be minimal gas in my system now and I think its due to the lack of refined sugars and carbs in my diet. Whatever the case it seems like my body is not even used to having gas inside anymore as it immediately expels it without thought when there is! A metaphor I like to use is that the human body is like that of a car, if there are no excess air in the gas lines the systems will run smooth and fluid!
Skin and Wrinkles are Disappearing!
I think this is due to mainly the heavy oils and fats that I am in-taking, making my skin more pliable and smooth. Coconut oil, olive oil and butter are everyday items that I ingest on a consistent basis. Since skin is the ultimate indicator of overall health, if it glows I don’t think this can be a bad thing! Using the car analogy again, oil changes are very important and the same applies for your body!
Fat composition and Improved Performance
Aesthetically my body has changed a lot this year, more considerably than my previous years. One could argue that I used to train more and harder with less results! Endurance, strength and cardio has reached much higher levels than ever before. Another thing is I’ve noticed with the lack of sugars I don’t have those insulin spikes and my energy is more constant. Recovery seems to be faster and I am more resilient to sickness. I think due to the fasting and putting the body to a form of stress through hunger it has increased my immune system. Whatever it is, its working!
Disclaimer… This is not health advice but merely a sharing of my personal experience. I do not claim to be a doctor or nutritionist, but these habits have helped me make some big gains. Everyone will have different effects from lifestyle changes and the takeaway here is don’t be afraid to try different things as long as you research them thoroughly first. Until next time Live Strong and Live Long!