How Intermittent Fasting and Ketosis Maximize Gains

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Fasting is thousands of years old

Fasting for various reasons has been documented in the world’s major religions as well as medical texts from the fifth century AD. Hippocrates, Socrates, and Plato all touted its benefits. And who could forget Jesus’ forty-day sojourn for spiritual renewal in the desert?

What’s ketosis and how does it work?

Ketosis is a metabolic process that can be kickstarted by following certain low-carbohydrate diets.

Getting started with intermittent fasting

Given the immense amount of literature around ketosis, it’s no wonder why low-carb diets are often used in tandem with fasting. But as with all nutritional and dietary regimens, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

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Set a schedule

Intermittent fasting works best with a consistent schedule. Here are several ways you can break up your day or week:

Stay hydrated

Never start intermittent fasting without a plan of action! While we can do without constant meals and snacking, water is absolutely essential to human life.

Maintain balanced habits

It’s easy to get excited when you start losing weight, but work with your doctor to ensure that it is a healthy amount. Excessive fasting can cause our muscles to break down, potentially releasing excess nitrogen — which is toxic to the liver and kidneys.

Plan meals ahead of time

The key to intermittent fasting is balanced nutrition. Ensure that you are ingesting healthy produce, lean meats, and fats. Bingeing on high-calorie foods is not going to do any wonders for your long-term health.

Start slow and build yourself up

Don’t go all-in on intermittent fasting when you’re first starting. It may take weeks or even months to get a feel for your body’s level of tolerance. If you begin to feel low-energy or sleep-deprived, contact your doctor. It may mean that intermittent fasting is just not for you.

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Amandeep Khun-Khun

Amandeep Khun-Khun

Life coach, Investor and Avid Traveler Amandeep Khun-Khun