I am adding coconut milk and coconut oil to my morning coffee. I usually add a tablespoon of coconut oil and a maybe 2 tablespoons of canned coconut milk. Does the fat in the coconut oil and milk negate the benefits of my morning IF?
Most people say that a splash of cream or something similar in your coffee is OK, just don't go overboard. So I would think that a little coconut oil might be in the same category considering they have right around the same amount of calories.
The way I think of it is that I IF to hopefully burn through existing fat stores as an energy source. Wouldn't introducing an exogenous fat source shift your body's focus to preferentially burn through that until it's gone. In other words, does coconut in the coffee put the IF on pause?
I don't think it's a big deal. For my first 2 months of intermittent fasting I used coconut oil in my coffee. I do not now but it worked well for me. (Working on last bit of leaning out so experimenting.) I would not use the coconut milk myself though due to the carb count higher.
I don't think you're going to achieve true fasting w/autophagy over a day or so. What you're doing (and what I do, as well) is actually the opposite--to fool your body into thinking it's not fasting so as to keep up the metabolic rate, while at the same time restricting calories. And coconut oil is the perfect fuel for that process.
I've started tinkering with IF for about two months now, and that always includes coffee (most of the time with a Tbl of coconut milk). I have been strict Paleo for about two years, and haven't really seen any fat loss...until I started doing IF. I have sloooooooowly lost a little fat around my middle, and maybe it would be sped up if I didn't have coconut milk in my coffee? I should do a month of no coconut milk in my coffee to see if there is a difference. All we can do is play around with options to find what works for us right?
I also love to add coconut milk in my coffee, check out this link about the benefits of coffee with coconut milk. I've been making my own homemade coconut milk recently because I'm sure its healthier than store-bought one. but to be honest I the taste of store-bought coconut milk more so I'm in two minds now which one to drink.