The Most Common Intermittent Fasting Questions
Our recent Wild Guide to Fasting received a lot of positive feedback. Could you read it here?
We received some questions after posting and emailing the article to our Wild newsletter subscribers.
I have a question about intermittent fasting and butter coffee. I've been trying to eat before 6 in the evening, having my butter coffee the following day, and only eating about noon. I've asked you before, and you said putting protein powder in my coffee would break the fast. I have been using your oils and butter in it, but I want to know if your raw chocolate powder and vanilla powder (both of which I have and use) break my fast. I love it for its flavor and antioxidants. I use a bit of Lakanto or stevia, zero glycemic, as a sweetener.
I need clarification about what breaks the fast. I know my cup of coffee has some calories, mainly from the fat, but it sustains me till noon.
Anything sweet is going to break you're fast much easier than protein. Fat is ideal for not breaking a short, but even certain kinds of dairy fat can contribute to breaking it, so the type of fat does matter. (Why we love butter and MCT oil so much.)
From some recent research I've seen by a Dr doing solid IF research, he has figured out a number that he thinks will give one many of the benefits of fasting while still consuming a small number of calories, which is somewhere around ~500 a day if I recall correctly.
Based on this, and from what I've seen, I recommend going with your whey as you have, as well as vanilla powder and cocoa as even more safe options while trying to avoid sweeteners as much as possible.
Even though something like stevia or xylitol can be no sugar, your brain interprets them the same as ingesting sugar, so you can be prone to an insulin-like response, thus knocking you out of a fasted state.
Colin, excellent timing for me with this article, as I've been fasting for the new year. I don't eat after dinner (between 5-6), have my butter coffee the following day, and eat until noon.
To get more protein in because of the weight training I do, does a scoop of whey in your morning coffee technically break the fast? I know you've mentioned your wild whey being good in coffee.
Technically, you won't be straight fasting with then protein. It's typically fat that seems to have less of a "break the fast" response. That said, there's some exciting research from a fasting researcher that has a style of fasting based on eating a small number of calories a day, say around 400-500, while still showing similar benefits of fasting with no calories.
You should always aim to go as low calorie, low protein, and ZERO carbs as possible when fasting, but even if it's not ZERO, you still need to get the benefit.
Again, progress is not perfection.
I have been fasting for 20-24 hours once or twice a week for the last year and like it, but I have always been annoyed with juggling my workouts to avoid fasting on the same day.
I am looking forward to trying the 16/8 plan. Out of curiosity, do you exercise inside your 8-hour eating window or outside of it?
Start eating your first meal after your workout. Your life is forever changed.
That's the most excellent training-based benefit I got from IF. So much better to train without food in my system. Tim Ferris also talks about this in his recent podcast.