Let’s preface this post by me stating the obvious: I’m not a doctor. Please consult your doctor for any medical related questions. This is an anecdotal account of my fasting to get into Ketosis. Kthanks 😉
Fasting to Get Into Ketosis: My Experience
I’ve been on Keto for 2 months now. I’ve lost 16lbs in two months. This diet is WORKING (as it did the first time I went on it 2 years ago). I’m 21 pounds away from the weight I was when I got pregnant with my second baby, and 35 pounds away from my goal weight of 150. If we’re really counting the potentially unachievable, I’m 50 pounds away from my high school weight of 135.
Over the weekend, my family and I went to Valley Fair, an amusement park here in the Twin Cities. I had Bulletproof Coffee for breakfast, a bunless bacon cheeseburger and a few bites of one of those ginormous turkey legs while we were there, and then had bacon and eggs for dinner when we got home. I used my Keto Mojo ketone monitor at night to test my ketone levels, as I always do at night before bed, and I read a “Lo” on the monitor. I retested, thinking there must be something wrong. Nope.
So in typical me-fashion, I started overthinking everything. What did I eat? Nothing bad…was my protein too much? Was that stupid burger tainted with something? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
It’s so easy to take this monitor to be the Keto Bible. I’m SO guilty of it. It’s almost become an addiction, that I live and breath by this thing. Blood testing is the most accurate way to see what your ketone levels are, and I am the first to admit I take it to the extreme.
I decided to check into fasting to get into ketosis. I’ve already been intermittent fasting 16:8 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I basically eat from 12pm-8pm, and then don’t eat anything outside that eating window. This has worked tremendously well for me, and has helped propel my weight lost more than a pound (or a flat) the last few weeks. I need to also mention that prior to eating Keto, and every day growing up, I had to eat within 30 minutes of waking up or else I would get sick. It was awful…but Keto has completely changed this for me. For me to not be hungry in the morning AND to not get sick (and now to have completed a 39 hour fast and not have been hungry…) is a HUGE deal for me.
Anyway, back to fasting to get into Ketosis…
When you’re fasting to get into ketosis, your body is being depleted of glycogen and uses fat and ketones for energy instead of glucose. Ketone levels increase…boom, ketosis. Of course, it’s a little more complex than that, but that’s the gist.
What can I eat when I’m fasting to get into Ketosis?
Nothing. You can drink black coffee, unsweetened tea, seltzer type waters. Anything above 50 calories will break your fast. I drank unsweetened iced tea with a splash of lemon juice, and lots of water. Keep your body hydrated!!
How long do I fast?
My extended fast lasted for 39 hours. I originally was going to do 24, but then just decided to extend it because I didn’t want to eat before bed, and actually wasn’t even hungry!
What results can I expect?
Everyone is different. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with my ketone results, but happy with my weight results. Before starting, I was testing Lo on my ketone monitor. Usually I’m a 1.1-1.5, so this was weird for me. I tested a 0.6 after 24 hours, and then a 0.4 at 39 hours. I’m not sure why, but one thing I’ve come to realize is that even though I love testing and love my monitor, it’s not telling the whole story. I’m not measuring blood glucose, which perhaps I should be, and there’s no way to measure your body’s stress level, or other factors that might be contributing to a strange reading you’re not used to! After breaking my fast and later on in the evening (~6pm) I tested a 1.0. Go figure.
My weight loss results on the other hand were awesome. Although I didn’t consider fasting for the weight loss, I started at 186.8 and ended at 185. That’s a nice little biproduct! Just remember, everyone is different.
How do I break the fast?
I broke it with:
- My Bulletproof Coffee
- 4 organic farm fresh eggs scrambled in butter and cheese
- 6 pieces of thick cut bacon from a butcher
It was delicious. I would have added an avocado, except we were out. Break your fast with some high quality, good-fat foods. It will taste amazing!!
I would definitely do an extended fast again. In fact, I’d consider doing it once a week. It felt good to be in control of a little reset like this, and push through it. Like I mentioned, I didn’t do it for weight loss, but I hoped that by fasting to get into ketosis, I’d jump start my system again and reset whatever “wrong” I had unintentionally done to produce a Lo ketone reading. I honestly was expecting my ketones to be up to 1.8 or more (I’ve never tested higher than 1.8, no matter what I do). What I’ve really learned from this is to not place all my keto cookies in one cookie jar……the monitor isn’t the end all be all, even if I do love it…it’s a nice benchmark, but I’ll be fasting because I want to, not because I feel I HAVE to!
What are your thoughts on fasting?!
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