Last Updated on 11 April 2022 by Ray Plumlee

Intermittent Fasting and Low Carb Dieting
Intermittent Fasting and Low Carb Dieting

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.

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I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.

Specializing in teenagers and young adults, I’ve been a career long supporter of “verbal de-escalation” and non-violent crisis intervention. I believe that what you say, and how you say it, are the keys to successful communication. I currently write about men's health topics, parenting and child abuse topics, and other social issues. You can visit my blog at

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Ahneeka Joy

This can be done on regular working days like Monday and Thursday (7am – 7pm). We practice it weekly. It’s essential part of overall health. Start now!

Lewis Chandler

The phenomenon of intermittent fasting sounds great. I consider it logical because with the help of small periods of fasting, we can not only burn our calories but at the same time, we give our mind a timetable. This way, we can get rid of excess weight and tone our body the way we want.


Would you say this intermittent fasting would work better when doing a paleo diet?

Ray Plumlee

Yes! I believe Intermittent Fasting would help even if it is the only diet you did. After all, no matter what diet you choose calories still count. By limiting your eating time to a narrow window each day you will limit calories for any diet.


Joe Weizmann

I hit a low carb diet plateau some weeks ago, probably coming up on two months. Before that it was steady weight loss then the scales seemed to have become stuck. I will try intermittent fasting to see if that helps because your right, it is frustrating to not be making progress.

Michael Hunter

For a while, my wife and I were only eating meals between noon and 7pm. If we were unable to make a meal during that time frame, we fasted until the next day. It worked for a little while, but we both found that weight came back on if we fasted more than a couple of times per month.

It pays to stick to whatever routine that you can get into.

Barry Farmer

The timing for me to have happened upon this article could not be better. I am on a low carb diet and have been for a while. Initially everything was going great but then the rate of weight loss slowed and now seems to have stopped all together. This would not be a bad thing if I was close to the weight I wanted to reach, which is not an unreasonable weight for my height and physic. I am going to try intermittent fasting to see if I can get back on track. Thanks!

Allison Martin

Great article, thank you for sharing this with us. Is this something that can be done on regular working days or should we limit it to days we do limited activity?

Ray Plumlee

Personally, I use Intermittent Fasting every day. I only eat between Noon and 6:00 PM. I have found it easier to do this way instead of worrying about Intermittent Fasting on some days and not others. So every day unless something comes up that I want to do that changes that.


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