Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting On A Keto Diet

Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting On A Keto Diet

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Intermittent fasting is a recent and widely popular practice, especially in weight loss and health communities. The same can be said of all the benefits of the ketogenic diet.

Intermittent fasting is an eating method that cycles between calorie restriction, or fasting, and normal food consumption during a specific time period.

Is it possible to combine the two? Yes, adding intermittent fasting to your ketogenic diet can be a recipe for success.

Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting On The Keto Diet

  • Accelerates Weight Loss.  Combining intermittent fasting with the keto diet creates an even smaller eating window, which allows your body to use the food you’re eating purely as fuel, without feeling hungry or deprived.

  • Helps You Enter Ketosis Sooner. Since you’re already restricting your body’s primary fuel source on the keto diet, adding a fasting window can kickstart your body into ketosis sooner. You’ve already had a brief intro to fasting on the keto diet, so you may find it easier to fast for longer periods of time.

  • Helps You Avoid The Side Effects Of Ketosis. If you’re completely new to ketosis or getting back into it, beginning with intermittent fasting can help you avoid some common uncomfortable side effects, such as the keto flu, that come from depleting glucose stores and switching to ketones.

  • Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar. Someone eating a standard diet might experience trouble with stabilizing blood sugar with intermittent fasting, but eating a ketogenic diet lets you avoid them by staying in ketosis even when you’re eating. Alternating between glucose and ketones for energy can lead to spikes in blood sugar, leading to brain fog, mood swings, low energy, and other not-so-fun side effects.

  • Helps With Inflammation. Intermittent fasting is like a broad-spectrum upgrade for your body. Intermittent fasting decreases oxidative stress and body-wide inflammation markers. Inflammation is one of the biggest drivers of poor performance, aging, and disease.

Types Of Intermittent Fasting

  1. The 16/8 Method: The most popular type of intermittent fast, the 16-hour fast encourages you to eat all of your meals in an 8-hour window, such as noon to 8 pm.

  2. The 5:2 Diet. You eat normally for five days every week and fast completely for two days per week and restrict on fasting days

  3. Eat-Stop-Eat. Take one day a week, preferably on the weekend, and skip food entirely.

  4. Alternate-Day Fasting. Alternate day fasting is just what it sounds like. You fast one whole day, then eat normally the next day.

  5. The Warrior Diet. Fast during the day, eat a huge meal at night. If you follow a low-carb ketogenic diet, you may want to focus on low-carb veggies and keto snacks during the day, and one more substantial main meal at night.

  6. Skip A Meal. If you never experimented with intermittent fasting, this is the easiest place to start. By definition, intermittent fasting simply means going for a prolonged period of time without food.

The Takeaway

It's impossible to scroll through your social feed without hearing someone tout the benefits of a keto diet. But if you really want to kick it up a notch and boost those fat-burning results, you might want to consider adding intermittent fasting to your low-carb regimen.

Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight fast, get into ketosis quickly, and low blood sugar and insulin levels.