How A Low Carb Transition Helps Fasting
The hardest part of any fast – be it fasting for two days or a more traditional approach – is the first few days. As the sugar and carbs clear out of our system, we feel light headed, faint and just plain hungry. Some call it sugar detox, some call it carb addition. Either way, it isn’t fun.
Thankfully there’s an easy fix, and that’s eating low carb. Start by eliminating white sugar from your diet for a week or two. If you drink a lot of soda or eat a lot of candy, this is going to be tough… but it will be easier to eliminate just the sugar then start your fasting program.
Next, start reducing your carbohydrates each day by cutting out things like bread pasta and rice. Look up what you are eating and keep track of how many carbohydrates you are consuming. If you have the typical western diet, you’ll be in for a rude awaking. But that’s ok. It’s a learning process. Find lower carb veggies you can enjoy along with some meat, eggs, and dairy.
The lowest carbohydrate vegetables include:
- Bell Pepper or Capsicum
- Zucchini or Courgette
- Cherry tomatoes
- Brussell Sprouts
How Going On A Low Carb Diet First Can Help With Fasting
The average US intake of carbohydrate is between 300-400 grams day; a low carb diet is considered below 150 and getting ready for fasting try to aim for 50 grams. A little-known benefit of a lowering your carb intake is you will also feel less hungry the lower you go.
Once you’ve lowered your carbohydrate intake, give fasting a try. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much easier it is than going from your normal high carb diet to fasting. If you’ve tried and failed at fasting in the past, give this a try.
If you stay on a low carb diet during your fasting program, you’ll notice two things. It gets easier and easier to make it until meal time without any feelings of hunger, and you’re burning through body fat at a much faster rate. If you’re overweight, you can practically watch the pounds melt off.
If you have a high carb diet, take a week to transition with easy steps such as these.
Food Swapping to Go Low Carb
To go low carb, you can reduce portion size or swap foods.
- Swap a high sugar cereal, with one with less sugar or reduce your portion size.
- Swap cereal with an egg or avocado or slice of ham on one slice of toast
- Swap biscuits with nuts, cheese or avocado
- Swap bread in sandwiches with lettuce or kale leaves
- Swap whipped cauliflower with mash potato
- Swap rice with cauliflower or broccoli rice
- Swap spaghetti with zucchini noodles
Eating low carb and fasting intermittently is a match made in heaven and something I recommend to anyone that finds fasting difficult or wants to lose weight and burn fat in a way that’s fast but also healthy.
The reason it works so well is that we stay in fat burning mode 24/7 when we eliminate most carbohydrates from our diet.
Instead, our body happily keeps burning fat for energy. And while we are in this fat burning state, our body releases strong appetite suppressants that will help us fight cravings and make it easy to wait for hours until our next meal.
Give it a try. I think you’ll like how you feel.