Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Another big way to help restore leptin sensitivity is to fast got longer periods of time. This is because fasting induces a process called autophagy. Autophagy is a normal process by which the body degrades and recycles damaged cells to build new ones. It has been observed that stimulating autophagy is important for maintaining leptin sensitivity (6).
Intermittent fasting can be a powerful tool, but not everyone can handle that same level of fasting. If you suspect leptin resistance, use this as a guiding principle:
- When you wake up very hungry, consume a high protein, high-fat, low carb breakfast in conjunction to sun exposure
- If you wake up and do not feel hungry, instead focus on hydration and sun exposure to stimulate the circadian rhythm. Fast until you feel hungry and make yourself one of these keto breakfast recipes
Other benefits of intermittent fasting include:
- Stronger Immune System
- Improved Cellular and Genetic Repair
- Improved Insulin Sensitivity
- Lowers Risk of Many Chronic Diseases
If you are leptin resistant, new to the ketogenic lifestyle, or just struggle with longer fasts, fat fasting can be a key strategy. Fat fasting is simply consuming fat without protein or carbs to support the formation of ketones and to satisfy hunger until later in the day.
I have included a few keto breakfast recipes in this article that can be utilized during a fat fast. Using things like MCT oil, SCT oil, and grass-fed butter/ghee are all excellent for supporting ketone production and supporting gut health.
Combining caffeine with fats is excellent for satiating the appetite and boosting ketones even further for a high performance morning.