I learned about intermittent fasting a few years ago when I first embarked on the Paleo Diet. It would come up to me while I was reading on the paleo/low carb blogs. I would read about it but I never really looked into it till this year.
Earlier this year I decided to try the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is great for balancing women hormones and even re-balancing insulin, as well as hunger hormones. I decided to try the keto diet to have a better balance of female hormones since I am feeling like my PCOS symptom were creeping back in to my life.
The Keto Diet and Intermittent Fasting
What is Keto/ Ketogenic?
A keto diet is a low carbohydrate way of eating. Your goal is to stay under 20 grams of net carbs for a prolonged period of time so that your body can start to make to ketones. When your body makes ketones that means your body starts to burn fat for fuel and no longer uses carbs to fuel your bodies daily energy needs. When this happens that means your body is in ketosis.
Is when you choose a eating windows during the day . Usually you can condenses your entire macro-nutrient/meals intake between a 4 and 7 hour window. The rest of the time you are in a fasting state. For example; I will do a 16-18 hour daily fast. I will stop eating at 7 pm and not have any meal till the following day between 10-12 p.m. When I break my fast I will eat my normal breakfast, then maybe 3 hours later have my lunch, then eat my dinner round 6-7 p.m. After my dinner I don’t eat till the following day at around 11 a.m./12 p.m.
What Is Ketosis? Hint: It Can Help You Burn Fat & Suppress Your Appetite
1. Consumption of glucose from carbohydrate foods — grains, starchy vegetables, fruit, etc. — is cut way down.
2. This forces your body to find an alternative fuel source: fat (think avocados, coconut oil, salmon).
3. Meanwhile, in the absence of glucose, the body also starts to burn fat and produces ketones instead.
4. Once ketone levels in the blood rise to a certain point, you enter into a state of ketosis.
5. This state results in quick and consistent weight loss until you reach a healthy, stable body weight.
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Why I do the keto diet and how it helps me balance my body
I have been on the keto journey this past year so I have cycled in and out of it. I can tell my hormones loved the high fat diet. All my hot flashes, moodiness, and bad ovulation pain from my ovaries calmed down a ton this past year. The times when I cycled out of keto I found my symptoms would slowly creep back into my monthly cycle, even horrible PMS.. UGH
I have been strict keto and intermittent fasting for the past two months. 4 days a week I do my 16-18 hour fasts then 1 day a week I do a 20 hour fast. 2 days a week I don’t fast (this is usually on the weekends when I don’t fast because I want to enjoy breakfast with my family on the weekends).
I have found my body adapted really well to this scheduled way of eating and my hormones seemed to like it too. I also workout, therefore I was worried about muscle loss from not eating as soon as I was done working out ( I am a morning time workout person). Despite concerns my muscle gains seemed more now then ever before, so even my muscles like it. I also lost whatever stubborn 5 pounds of vanity weight I had going on. 5 pounds believe it or not one me a small 5’0 women is a lot to get rid of and hard. Keto and intermittent fasting seemed to do the trick for me!!