I guess the best place to start would be discussing what Intermittent Fasting and Intermittent Keto Fasting are.
No, I’m not going to just throw the infographic (although it’s at the bottom of this post) in your face and send you on your merry way.
We’ve seen intermittent fasting used by Hugh Jackman [which was directed to him by Dwayne the Rock Johnson by the way], and discussed exactly what it does for us.
Think back to when we were cavemen. We weren’t able to constantly just pick up food and eat whenever we want. Our bodies went through long periods of fasting.
And have you ever seen a fat caveman?
Let’s quickly go over some of the awesome benefits we get from Intermittent Fasting. In my other article I steal a quote from Precision Nutrition, and I’ll do that again here:
- blood lipids (including decreased triglycerides and LDL cholesterol)
- blood pressure (perhaps through changes in sympathetic/parasympathetic activity)
- markers of inflammation (including CRP<, IL-6, TNF, BDNF, and more)
- oxidative stress (using markers of protein, lipid, and DNA damage)
- risk of cancer (through a host of proposed mechanisms; we’ll save them for another review)
- cellular turnover and repair (called autophagocytosis)
- fat burning (increase in fatty acid oxidation later in the fast)
- growth hormone release later in the fast (hormonally mediated)
- metabolic rate later in the fast (stimulated by epinephrine and norepinephrine release)
- appetite control (perhaps through changes in PPY and ghrelin)
- blood sugar control (by lowering blood glucose and increasing insulin sensitivity)
- cardiovascular function (by offering protection against ischemic injury to the heart>
- effectiveness of chemotherapy (by allowing for higher doses more frequently)
- neurogenesis and neuronal plasticity (by offering protection against neurotoxins)
It’s going to do all that for me?
Just incase you missed some of the crucial parts of that let’s just look at what you’re getting here: Increased fat burning, growth hormone release and metabolic rate while also improving my appetite and blood sugar control, and cardiovascular function.
I want all those things…
Wait a second, what am I doing here?
Alright, the infographic is going to give you a breakdown, but let’s discuss exactly what intermittent fasting is.
The recommended fasting period is anything above 15 hours, but I generally suggest 16-18 to see the best results.
That means I’m done eating at 8 pm and don’t start until 2 pm the next day.
That gives me an un-fasted window of 6 hours between 2 pm and 8 pm.
What’s the difference between Intermittent Fasting and Intermittent Keto Fasting?
Okay, intermittent keto fasting utilizes ketosis for our fat burning throughout our fasted period. For this reason, it allows us to have our SuperHuman Fuel in the morning, jumpstarting the ketosis process and improving cognitive function.
The SuperHuman Fuel makes the fast a bit easier by giving us extra calories and satiating us for a longer period of time. *Fat satiates us more than other calories, and also keeps/jumpstarts ketosis*
That being said, they both work magic, but plain intermittent fasting is generally going to be slightly harder and in turn show slightly improved results.
But before I get ahead of myself…
Here’s exactly what SuperHuman Fuel is, and what it does for you.
Alright, can I just have the infographic now? I get it, Intermittent Fasting and Keto Fasting are freakin’ awesome…
I see something about sleep in there…
Oh, right. Sleep is magic too.
I forgot to tell you.