Collagen has been rising in popularity in recent years. Everyone seems to love it for its various benefits for weight loss, as well as skin, gut, joints, hair, nails, and a lot more. We have incorporated taking some type of collagen supplements into our diets, and it’s become a part of our lives.
However, with great power comes great responsibility. Or whatever that quote is. What we try to say is since collagen became popular among health enthusiasts, different questions have risen here and there. And today, we’re going to talk about one of them: the curious case of collagen and fasting. How do they get along?
Does collagen break a fast? How about intermittent fasting? Or, let’s try a more complex question, how can I incorporate collagen into a fasting lifestyle? Let’s dive into the topic. Ready?
Does collagen break a fast?
Well, yeah, it does. Assuming we are talking about the traditional type of fasting, yes, collagen breaks your fast. Even if you consume unflavored hydrolyzed collagen peptides, each collagen scoop has around 30 calories. So, yup, collagen breaks your fast. Even if you take collagen with black coffee, which isn’t likely to break your fast on its own, it is still something that you should avoid if you’re fasting in the traditional sense.
What is intermittent fasting, and how can it help with my collagen routine?
Yes, we talked about how collagen breaks your fast when we talk about fasting in the traditional sense. However, since a lot of people want to incorporate collagen into their diets, and want to practice fasting as well, it can become a little bit of an issue. Yet, with a slight adjustment, we can make collagen and fasting go along with each other. What’s that slight adjustment? Intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting and collagen
To keep it brief, intermittent fasting is creating a diet schedule that switches between periods of eating and not eating during the day. It is one of the popular methods that help with weight loss and help prevent some forms of disease as well.
The idea of intermittent fasting is simple: you only eat and drink, or to better phrase it: consume calories, only during specific times of the day, and in between those times you are fasting. There are various forms of intermittent fasting, but they all share the same principle idea of switching between fasting and eating periods.
But we’re not here to talk about intermittent fasting. We want to see how we can incorporate collagen intake into a diet that practices intermittent fasting.
Now, when it comes to collagen consumption for a practitioner of intermittent fasting, the how of the process can really depend on the person. For example, most intermittent fasting advocates drink water or other calorie-free liquid such as tea or black coffee during their fasting period. Now, the same way you can’t have sugar or milk in your beverage of choice, you can’t blend in your favorite collagen supplement, especially if you’re following a strict intermittent fasting routine, meaning little to zero calories during the fasting intervals of your diet.
However, some people allow a small number of calories, for example a 50 calorie snack, in their fasting intervals, and that’s okay! Are you a fan of collagen coffee? Well then, adding one scoop of collagen will amount to about 35 calories when you’re having your afternoon black coffee. (Here’s the more detailed math: 0 – 5 calories for coffee, about 30 – 35 for your collagen scoop).
If you’re following a more strict fasting routine, well then just take your collagen supplements during your eating intervals. Simple, isn’t it? Remember, each scoop of your collagen powder will account for about 30 to 35 calories. However, check for more detailed calorie information on the “nutrition facts” or the calorie box of your product.
What are the benefits of using collagen during a fast?
There are a lot of known health benefits to taking collagen supplements on a daily basis. From overall skin health improvements such as keeping it elastic, firm, hydrated to gut, joints, bone, hair, and nails benefits. However, when you combine a well-thought-out collagen routine with an ideal fasting regime that works for you, the benefits of using collagen supplements during a fast can become very attractive for some people. What are these health benefits? Let’s see.
- Collagen may help you with weight loss
Many people practice intermittent fasting to help them with their journey during weight loss. It’s not the only reason for a fasting regime, but carrying out a collagen routine can help you with it. Generally, when we are fasting, we eat less food. Collagen has very few calories (around 30 for each scoop), and for those who are fasting to lose weight, taking collagen can help them receive the protein they need while taking very few calories per day. It’s a two-for-one deal, isn’t it?
- It may help you feel full for a longer time:
There have been studies linking collagen intake to the production of hunger-suppressing hormones. You’re taking one scoop of collagen into your morning coffee, but you’re also having a “meal” of some sort. A meal that has less than 40 calories, and will make you feel full for a good period of time until the eating period of your intermittent fasting.
Bottom line: Does collagen break a fast?
Yes, it does. However, with some tweaks and adjustments, such as picking up intermittent fasting, you can keep your fasting regime and incorporate a collagen routine, while enjoying the health benefits and perks of taking collagen supplements every day.