Starting a few weeks ago, I started dabbling in intermittent fasting.
1 or 2 days a week I will go 22 hours without eating. For an example, once I finish dinner at 8PM, I will hold off the next day until I get back from work at 6PM if not later. Each time I do this, it gets easier. The only things I will consume during this 22hr period is green tea and a tablespoon or two of MCT oil and/or coconut oil. If you are not on a similar diet and this seems like a crazy idea, that probably means you are not ready to jump into fasting for that long.
Benefits from intermittent fasting have been explained by multiple experts that I follow - Shawn Stevenson, Peter Attia, Jocko Willink, and others. It seems to be a tool used by many keto dieters. Intermittent fasting has been shown to do things such as increase lifespan (by upwards of 30%), build metabolic flexibility, generate stem cells. and enhance neurological function.
About a week ago, I also started using a blood/glucose monitor.
This helps me get to know how foods and things like fasting influence the amount of glucose in my bloodstream. Your body is either storing fat or burning fat, it obviously cannot do both at the same time and the blood/glucose meter shows which of those two stages your body is in.
My average blood/glucose is around 90 - even 2hrs after a large meal. When I wake up, it is higher to 95. When I am fasting, after 22hrs, it is around 70 dg/L.
Today, I just started trying cold thermogensis, thanks to Ben Greenfield. Benefits of this are quicker recovery, a boost in neurological function, and longevity. All of these are shown to be affected dramatically!
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