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How to Do Keto Fasting

When I thought of fasting I used to think of ‘white knuckle’ fasting, where you abstained from food from sheer will power alone, and you are curled up in a ball on the floor suffering hunger pangs. Or you eat something well before your fasting period was over and if people knew you’d intended to fast they would make fun of you.

Keto fasting is different, and easy. Some people on keto skip meals, even for a whole day, without even intending to fast! I can fast regularly now that I’m on lowcarb/keto for life, it makes me feel more energetic, and it lowers my blood sugars better than meds!

This is how you do it. First, go on (Induction level) keto. Get either the book ‘Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution’ or else ‘Dr Atkins’ NEW Diet Revolution Cookbook,’ both of which have good brief explanations on how to do a lowcarb ketogenic diet. Listening to Jimmy Moore podcasts is also helpful to give you more up-to-date slants on keto, but concentrate on the basics at first.

The Induction level is meant to get you used to being in ketosis. TEST for ketosis— you can use those cheap urine test strips at first, but since this is a LIFELONG eating plan you will probably want to move to a breath ketone meter like Ketonix, or a blood meter like Keto Mojo.

When your body gets adapted to being in ketosis, you experience less hunger. No matter how big a chow hound you are, in ketosis you may have to remind yourself to eat meals or you will skip some. 

When you are ‘keto-adapted,’ that’s the time to begin with actual fasting. Dr. Jason Fung is a big fasting advocate and has a number of books out. The most important one for fasting is ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting.’ Buy this book and read it before you try fasting! You don’t want to fail because you didn’t have accurate information.

I do two kinds of fasting myself. Today I am doing real fasting, where I consume water and zero-cal beverages like plain tea. Yesterday I did ‘bulletproof’ fasting, in which I am allowed ‘bulletproof coffee’ — coffee with heavy whipping cream, MCT oil, butter, or coconut oil in it instead of ‘creamer’ and sugar. I drink about 2-3 servings of ‘BPC’ on a bulletproof fasting day. 

On ‘real fasting’ days, Dr. Fung would allow you to have home-made bone broth, and perhaps a ‘lite’ version of BPC once a day with no more than a teaspoon of oil or cream in it. So his ‘real fasting’ does allow you more than zero calories, but it deepens your ketosis anyway. 

The bad part of fasting is the psychology. You are thinking ‘I’m fasting! I’m being so good!’ and you may decide you have ‘earned’ a high carb ‘snack.’ This is why it is important to PLAN a good lowcarb meal for after fasting. You don’t want to go on a carb binge that will just make you hungry for more and more carbs! But if you do fasting in your life you may find that you can eat a portion of a favorite carb food without totally undoing your good work. Remember, the lowcarb/keto way is for life— it’s not a temporary starvation diet. Fasting can bring you back into ketosis when you have exceeded your carb limit.

Some people do alternate-day fasting, but I don’t care for that myself. I cram my three fasting days a week into Wednesday through Friday. I do the first two with ‘bulletproof’ fasting, and the third day with real fasting. Of course, if I get hungry I eat something— fasting is not a form of self-torture. Fasting most of a day and then eating a little something lowcarb helps your health, too.

If you are on meds you have to check with your doctor about fasting. Which may be hard because your doctor may know nothing about fasting. However, he may OK partial-day fasting or skipping breakfast or something like that. If your current doctor is REALLY against both fasting and low carb (for everyone) you may need to get a better doctor if you can.

Learning to Do Keto/Lowcarb the Right Way

I read once about a hapless couple who decided to try the low-carb Atkins eating plan but weren’t the kind to read a book about it first. They had heard that the Atkins diet forbids bread. And so they ate pita bread and pasta instead.

Sadly there are people out there who just don’t want to READ. They know how, but reading isn’t something they do. Or perhaps they read only one kind of thing— romance novels, hunting magazines, graphic novels— and they don’t think they can plow through a whole book about how to go on a low-carb eating plan.

For those people: think of it this way. A person in Alcoholics Anonymous may not be a big reader, but he often makes a point of reading from Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book every single morning. It can be inspiring as well as informative.

When I first started doing lowcarb, I read in my Diet Revolution book every morning to keep me on track. Before long, I knew by heart the kinds of foods that were allowed and not allowed on a lowcarb eating plan. This made it easier to plan meals, shop, and make food-related decisions.

If you are not the type to read a whole book about a low-carb eating plan in an evening, try this: get a good basic book about low carb, such as:

Atkins Diet Revolution, Robert Atkins, 1972

New Atkins for a New You, Westman, Phinney & Volek, 2010

Keto Clarity, Jimmy Moore, Eric Westman, 2014

Real Food Keto, Jimmy Moore, Christine Moore, 2019

Now, every morning read a chapter or part of a chapter from the book. Or do it in the evening if your mornings are hectic. If the book has a ‘diet sheet’ as the Atkins Diet Revolution does— a short list of allowed foods and forbidden foods— look that part over daily as well. You might purchase the book in audiobook form, if available, and listen while you are doing something else.

After you have finished the book, start over at the beginning until you have read the book or listened to it a few times. Every time you read or listen, you will be internalizing the information a bit more, and inspiring yourself to stick to the plan.

It’s not just that the books tell you precisely how to do the diet. They explain why it works, give some of the scientific research that backs up this way of eating, and also in many books you will find recipes. The more facts you learn, the more you will be able to follow a healthy low-carb diet accurately. It will keep you motivated.

You might also listen to some of the low-carb podcasts by health podcaster Jimmy Moore. He tends to have many prominent guests who can give out good science-based low-carb information, and he has a talent for explaining the complicated stuff.

The problem with being on a healthy low-carb eating plan is that we are surrounded by misinformation about diet. We have to almost un-brainwash ourselves to keep us from going astray with the daily temptations— such as those sugar-filled, carb-filled breakfast cereals with the words ‘heart-healthy’ on the packages.

Do you know about a good book, audiobook or podcast on a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic eating plan?  Let us all know about it in a comment!