Dr. Stephen Phinney: Do you need to space out your protein on a ketogenic diet?
– We actually did a blog
post a couple months ago
entitled To Fast, or Not to Fast.
And in that we point out that
there is actually a fair amount
of published research on
time restricted eating.
As long as people don’t do total fasting
for more than 24 hours,
certainly skipping one,
or even two meals per day,
when the composition of
those meals is appropriate,
is safe and for some people turns out
to be an effective tool.
And so yes protein doesn’t have to be
eaten in three equal portions,
it can be eaten in two portions.
And there are some people who find
that they eat one meal per day,
so they’re basically fasting,
from basically dinner,
let’s say one evening,
til dinner the next evening,
and that, as long as that is interspersed
with adequate nutrition including
adequate vegetables for
potassium and other minerals,
and fiber on the non restricted days,
it can be a healthy way to follow
a well formed ketogenic diet.
– Sure, protein is important,
so it is important to make
sure that you get it in,
and meet all of your needs.
And then if you,
if you are in a situation
where you’re eating
protein in this way, where
you’re kind of lumping
it all into one meal, and
your ketones don’t go down,
don’t be too surprised.
‘Cause that might also be a factor too.
So depends on what your goals are,
but it is definitely really important
to get in all of your protein.