In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than hitting a plateau when your dieting and trying to lose weight. Except maybe trying to break through that plateau and get back on track with significant weight loss.
There’s nothing more demoralizing than when your recent success grinds to a halt, or even worse, you start putting a little weight back on! For some of us, being on a low carb diet can be taxing as it is, and when we hit that plateau it is easy to get discouraged, but keep in mind that weight loss is fluid. It fluctuates.
All is not lost. There’s significant research that suggests intermittent fasting can help overcome low carb plateaus, and get your weight loss back on track.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
I know, the word fasting immediately brings to mind hunger pains and irritability, but intermittent fasting is a little different. Basically, it means that you only eat during specific time frames, or go for small periods of fasting. For example: Only eating meals between 12PM-6PM, or completely fasting for 24hrs.
My research has shown that intermittent fasting is a throw back to our “Paleo” days, when food wasn’t readily available, therefore humans ate at irregular intervals, if at all. Some recent evidence has surfaced to suggest that this type of fasting, done one or twice per week, is associated with a lowered risk of cancer, heart disease, and even obesity and diabetes.
Breaking your routines when it comes to the meals that we eat, and where we eat, are just as important as what we eat. Remember, we are not talking about fasting over long periods of time. We certainly don’t want to slow down your metabolic rate. Instead, we are talking about breaking up your eating patterns, using limited times of hunger to allow your body to burn fat that it has stored, and then returning to a regularly healthy diet.
Intermittent fasting is something that diabetics can do, but they need to monitor their blood glucose levels closely, and consult with a doctor prior to starting. Intermittent fasting is a great way to allow blood sugar, and insulin, to lower to a baseline level, but be vigilant when it comes to the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
In conclusion, if you are experiencing any low carb stalls. Have had success losing weight on a low carb diet, but are now “treading water” or gaining a little bit of weight back. It might be worth taking a few intermittent fasts in order to see if that helps. Try giving yourself specific eating windows. Or, you can try the 24 hour approach, where you eat dinner and then do not eat anything else until dinner the next night, which means that you are still eating every day, just a limited amount of foods.
If it works for you, or you’ve had any experiences with IF, please share them in the comments section.
Intermittent Fasting: High carb or Low carb Keto? My opinion.