Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Results

We all have times when all of a sudden the weight loss seems to stop, or slow down. This is called a weight loss plateau. It can be very frustrating.

I can assure you that if you are eating lots of high-fat foods and low carbs than the weight loss will come. But sometimes it fluctuates. Sometimes I will go 3 or 4 days with no weight loss and then suddenly I’ll lose 2 pounds in one day. The most important thing is to keep moving forward with your diet.

But if you want to shake things up a bit and get some quicker results then you may want to add my secret weapon which is intermittent fasting.

Adding Intermittent Fasting For Quicker Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is when you abstain from food for a period of time. It can be 8, 12, 16, 24 or even longer hours.

Now if your reaction is like mine when I first heard about fasting, you may be shaking your head because starvation isn’t good for anyone. Even Hugh Jackman has used intermittent fasting.

But let’s get one thing straight. Fasting is NOT Starving. In fact, fasting is a very popular practice that many people do around the world as a way of cleansing their system or others do it for religious reasons.

And guess what. You are already fasting right now. Each night when you go to sleep you are fasting for at least 8 hours. And if you last ate at 6 pm the night before and ate breakfast at 10 then without any real effort, you just fasted for 16 hours. You were already fasting and didn’t even know it.

Why intermittent fasting works for weight loss

It is actually pretty easy. When your body doesn’t have any glucose stores left to burn as fuel, it will switch over to fat burning. This will cause you to lose weight. Typically your body will go into fat burning after 8 hours. So even if you only want to do a short fast, you can get some good results.

If you are not sure about fasting or if you can do it easily, try what I did.

Here is how I use intermittent fasting for weight loss.

When I am going to fast, I will have my last meal at around 6:00 pm. Then I don’t eat again until I have lunch at 1:00 in the afternoon.

The easy part is that for a good 8 hours of this 19 hour fast, I am sleeping. Duh! So that makes it easy. Then I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning. I also drink lots of water throughout the day. I tend to lack salt in my body so I add just a bit of Himalayan sea salt to my water and a lemon wedge just to give it a bit of flavor. If I feel like I really need something to help me get through the fast, then I will sip on bone broth.

When I first started fasting, I would tell myself that I could eat earlier, like 10 or 11. Then I would try to see how much longer I could go. And I found that now I can easily make it until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

My boyfriend can fast for 24 hours a few days a week. He only eats dinner.

I think it really depends on the person and what works for you.

You may not feel that intermittent fasting weight loss is for you and that is okay. It is a personal preference. I only do it because I find it helps me drop the weight a bit quicker. Plus I really feel great when I fast.


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Why I Love Eating Fat and Losing Weight

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Eating Fat and Losing Weight!

Eating more fat and losing weight is the easiest thing I have ever done when it comes to dieting. I seem to just be losing weight without trying. Okay, I need to be aware of what I eat, but I really don’t feel hungry and I don’t have cravings.

 

Eating Fat and Losing Weight

It seems like the more fat I eat, the more satisfied my body is and I don’t crave all the things I used to crave. And as a bonus I feel great. I also feel better over all. I sleep soundly and wake up rested. My joint pain is gone.

Many years ago, I had heard about the Atkins diet, which was very similar. I knew it was about eating more protein and less carbs. And I know many people who I knew got great results.

But  the thing that I didn’t get then, that I understand now is that FAT is is the key! This was mind blowing for me. Most of my life I was programmed to believe that fat was bad. So I kept eating low fat or no fat items. I had it all wrong. And that is why I was not losing weight. I was actually gaining.

Now I eat as much fat as I want with no worries.

Down 16 Pounds! Woo Hoo!

Today is day 60 of eating high fat low carbs and I’m excited to tell you that I have dropped 16 pounds. That’s 2 lbs a week. I’m so proud of myself.

The really exciting thing is that I feel better than ever and I love the food I eat. I will be able to continue this for a long time. I remember when I first learned about people eating low carbs as a lifestyle and thinking that I could never do it for the rest of my life. Wouldn’t I miss the sweets?

Honestly, now 60 days later I don’t want sugar. I am headache free, have more energy than I did in my 20’s and I am healthy. I don’t think I will go back to eating unhealthy anytime soon.

You see, I no longer look at eating as just something to do. Now I look at it as nourishment. My job is to take care of this body that God gave me. By taking care of it, I get to live longer and have a better quality of life with my family. And that is awesome!

 

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My Favorite High Fat Low Carb Snacks

If you are following a high fat low carb diet like I am, you may have discovered that after a few weeks you really don’t crave snacks. At least that is what has happened for me. I really don’t have a need to snack in between meals.

But I found that some high fat low carb snacks really helped me get through the first couple of weeks. Here is my list of my favorite hflc snacks.

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Home Made Parmesan Kale Chips

Kale chips! Kale chips are super easy to make. I follow the recipe by Robert Irine for Parmesan Kale Chips. They come out perfect every time and are yummy. Really they are better than buttered pop corn.

Cheese Chips! These are simple to make and perfect if you want something crispy to chomp on.

Nuts are a quick and easy snack, but be careful. If you eat to many you could be packing on too many carbs. I stick with the Brazil and macadamia nuts as they have the least amount of carb.

Cheese and Pepperoni is also something easy to grab on the run. If you want something pre-packaged then buy some full fat string cheese sticks.

Cream Cheese and Celery is quick and easy. My Mom made these for me as a child and I love the flavor combination.

Pork Rinds I love pork rinds because they have a huge amount of fat and will usually cut my cravings within a few moments. It is also nice there there are often a good variety of flavors. But you really got to watch the labels. I actually found some that had sugar in it.

I have found that it is sometimes difficult to find pork rinds in my local stores. So when I do find them, I buy at least 10 bags. But I also found that it can be much for cost effective to just buy them online in bulk. My favorite brand is Pork Clouds.

Need some more ideas? Then you gotta check out the amazing low carb snack ideas in this Everyday Low Carb Snack Recipes For Extreme Weight Loss Book by Linda Stevens. It is full of 37 different recipe ideas for some quick and healthy snacks.

Are you doing low carb? What is your favorite snack?

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What is a Ketosis Diet?

If you are researching a high fat, low carb diet then you have probably heard people talk about being in Ketosis.

But what is a Ketosis Diet?

Ketosis is a term used for what happens when the body uses fat for energy because there isn’t any glucose to use. And this is a good thing if you want to lose weight.

When you stop or limit the amount of sugar (carbs) and increase the amount of fat you eat, your body will begin to use your reserved fat for energy and this will help you lose weight.

So A Ketosis Diet is when someone limits the number of carbs that they eat and increase the amount of fat that they eat. When you eat more fat and fewer carbs you will be in a fat burning mode which means your burning fat, not glucose!


And this is great because you will see a difference on the scale and how you feel as well. This state of fat burning is called Ketosis.

I can pretty much tell when I’m in Ketosis because I see the scale move, however, an easy way to tell is to simply use some Keto Sticks.

Using a keto stick is pretty easy. The best time to use it is first thing in the morning. (You simply pee on a stick. It isn’t rocket science. The darker the stick is, the more keto’s you have in your systems, meaning you are in Ketosis.

The Keto Stick will tell you that you are in Ketosis, meaning you are now a fat burning machine! You don’t have to use Keto sticks, but I find them motivating.

Can you lose weight when you are not in Ketosis? Absolutely! But I find when I’m in Ketosis, I am a fat burning machine!

If you want to learn more about Ketosis, than I highly recommend watching “The Case for Nutritional Ketosis” where Dr. Stephen Phinney explains what happens to the body when you are in nutritional Ketosis (strict-low carb diet) and how to use it to lose weight and possibly reverse diabetes.

I hope this helps to answer the question, What is a Ketosis Diet?

What are your thoughts about Ketosis? Have you ever done an extremely low carb (Ketosis) diet before? What were the results? I’d love to hear from you.

 

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High Fat Low Carb Diet Daily Inspiration!

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I love my scale!

Whenever I have a goal to accomplish, I find it helpful to keep inspired. And I do that by connecting with others who are also doing a low carb diet like me.

So for my high-fat low carb diet daily inspiration, I do a few things.

First I weigh myself daily. Now some people feel that this isn’t a good thing as it can be frustrating because the scale can move up on some days. But for me, it keeps me motivated.

I have realized that the scale does go up, but it always goes down. The last two week my weight has been pretty consistent. It will go down 2 pounds, then up 1, then down 1, then down 1, then up 1, then down 2. I just find keeping a log of my weight keeps me focused.

I simply uploaded an app on my phone to keep me on track.

Hugging my boyfriend daily(several times a day) helps too. I am so proud of him. He is on track to reversing his diabetes! But the thing that is really neat is realizing that I can get my arms further around him. His “beer belly”, doesn’t get in the way like it did 2 weeks ago.

And the last thing that keeps me motivated is reading stories about other people who are having success. I read success stories at dietdoctors.com, blogs, and YouTube videos. This keeps me motivated.

(March 31st, down 10 lbs)

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