Can you do intermittent fasting while doing the ketogenic diet?

Isabel Aestelle received her B.A in Communication from Far Eastern University Manila in the Philippines. She fell in love with words when she first started writing poetries and short stories at the age of 10. Her passion in health and wellness are pretty much seen in almost everything she does.

intermittent fasting and keto diet

Intermittent fasting and keto diet are among the popular trends in the health community lately. Why? Because they’re both great! They offer plenty of health benefits, aside from weight loss. Now, the question is, can you do intermittent fasting and keto diet at the same time?

Actually, yes you can do both. If you do both correctly, you can surely enjoy the benefits. Intermittent fasting does not only speed up the effects of ketosis, it also increases your weight loss results. While a lot of people may think that fasting connotes bad effects on the body, when done right it can help you get maximum results while you’re on a diet.

Curious?

Here’s the low-down on intermittent fasting and why it goes so well for people following the keto diet.

What is intermittent fasting?

Commonly used to supplement a diet, intermittent fasting usually revolves around timing your food intake and spacing it throughout periods of time. The terms feeding and fasting are commonly used to describe how the process works. Feeding is the time of the day you intake food while fasting is the time you don’t.

And while most people might think that fasting is a bad idea especially for people with restrictive diets such as keto, it really isn’t the case. The concept that fasting is equal to starvation is not entirely accurate. Though it is true that you restrict yourself to not eating for periods of time, you also get periods of time where you have to eat.

Everything comes right down to timing. And timing your food intake can actually prove advantageous if you are stuck in the keto plateau or are just starting off on your keto diet.

For people starting off on the diet, intermittent fasting is a great way to stabilize your eating patterns especially if you tend to overeat. Getting your body used to fasting will make you less hungry.

For people stuck on a keto plateau, intermittent fasting is great since it boosts weight loss. Having little amounts of carbs in the body and with ketones being the main source of energy, intermittent fasting helps you lose weight by burning off the stored fat you have in the body since it doesn’t have anything else to burn. Thus, increased weight loss results.

How to do intermittent fasting

There are various approaches on how to go about intermittent fasting. The most common are:

  • Skipping meals – skipping meals to increase the length of your
  • Windows – are the most preferred way to do intermittent fasting. Usually requires that you take 4 to 7 hours to condense your macronutrient intake.
  • Long cleanse period – requires for you to fast for longer periods of time. Usually takes up to 1-2 days of not eating.

Benefits of intermittent fasting

Aside from weight loss results and a faster ticket to ketosis, intermittent fasting also boast other benefits. Some of them are:

  • Improves brain function
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • Promotes autophagy/ Self-healing process in the body
  • Cleansing of cancerous/precancerous cells in the body
  • Improves insulin sensitivity

Intermittent fasting is a great way to boost weight loss results and improving your health while on the keto diet. Make sure to do enough research so you can do it safely and to get the best results.