Can you eat or drink during Intermittent Fasting?
If you are starting to do intermittent fasting and you wonder what foods do not break the fast, this is the post that explains everything.
Following an intermittent fasting schedule ensures that you can take advantage of its benefits and get the results you are looking for; and for this, one must make sure not to break the fast.
In case you are new to intermittent fasting, I recommend you first read this post on everything you need to know about intermittent fasting , and then come back here to read what follows.
I would like to tell you that before starting an intermittent fasting plan, it is advisable to consult a doctor . Intermittent fasting is not for everyone, so you need to tell your personal doctor.
The purpose of this post is to give you an idea of what types of food and drinks are consumed when intermittent fasting and what foods do not break the fast, not to give you medical or professional advice.
WHAT IS FASTING?
Fasting is abstaining from eating. That it is “intermittent” means that hours of fasting alternate with hours in which you eat and drink.
For this reason, there are a series of rules that must be followed in order not to completely abstain from drinking liquids.
Disclaimer: Medical fasting and religious fasting are different from intermittent fasting.
So if you’re going to do intermittent fasting for its health, brain, or weight-loss benefits , check out the do’s and don’ts.
THE RULES OF INTERMITTENT FASTING
The most important rule of intermittent fasting is that you cannot eat or drink anything that contains (more than 40) calories during the hours of fasting .
This means that you can drink black coffee, water and calorie-free beverages, but you can’t consume solid foods, because during fasting hours is when the body goes into a “fat burning” state.
If you are doing intermittent fasting to lose weight, it is essential that you respect the hours of fasting and do not eat calories. When it’s time to eat, be sure to choose nutritious foods .
In the hours when you can eat, eat the same amount of calories that you would normally consume during a day, but concentrate these meals in fewer hours, that is, in the “eating period”.
CAN YOU EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING DURING INTERMITTENT FASTING?
During fasting hours you can drink liquids, but you cannot eat. Solid foods have calories, so they break the fast.
After fasting for 12 hours, I sometimes drink a cup of Keto Butter Coffee to give me energy to fast for another 4-5 hours.
Keto Butter Coffee is not a calorie-free beverage; However, there are studies that show that its health benefits exceed those of fasting, and that is why, after 12 hours of fasting , I extend the fast by drinking this coffee. Although the fast is “breaking”, it is a good way to do it, since it keeps me satisfied for several hours until lunch.
In addition, Keto Coffee does not cause an insulin spike, and there is research showing that the body remains in a fasting state despite the calories it contains. Every body is different and therefore it is something you have to try.
WHAT CAN YOU DRINK DURING FASTING?
While fasting, you should only drink zero calorie beverages. This means that you cannot eat any food.
CAN YOU DRINK ALCOHOL DURING INTERMITTENT FASTING?
No. During fasting hours it is not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages as they have calories.
ZERO CALORIE DRINKS LIST
Drinking only water may sound a bit strict, so here is a list of other calorie-free drinks you can enjoy during fasting hours:
- Mineral water
- hot or iced tea
- unsweetened coffee
- Water with a slice of lemon or orange
- sugar free soft drinks
Whether it’s water, tea, or black coffee, the best way to maintain your fast is to drink something you enjoy.