Keto diet is a low carb, moderate protein, and high-fat diet, whereas Intermittent fasting involves fasting for a specific period followed by normal calorie intake. Both are well-known methods to lose weight or become healthier in general. But what if you were to merge these two? Do you then get a super diet as a fusion result, or do you end up harming your health?
What are keto and intermittent fasting?
As you may already know, the keto diet became popular as a celebrity diet. Superstars stayed fit with it since it was and still is all the rage, people all around the world have been trying it.
The keto diet reduces your carbohydrate intake. As a result, only 5-10 percent of all your calories will consist of carbohydrates. Simply put, the keto diet focuses on increasing your daily protein intake and reducing the number of sugars you ingest daily.
Intermittent fasting is ideal for people who are not so keen on the idea of eating breakfast every single day. In intermittent fasting, you choose a period of several hours in which you do not eat and refill those calories when you are allowed to eat. The most famous variant is 16/8. In which you fast for 16 hours, and eat for 8 hours.
The core benefit of Intermittent fasting is that you can eat just about anything you want during those 8 hours, and still have a calorie deficit.
The Benefits of Combining Keto and IF
Fasting Becomes more Easier
Carbohydrates are addictive: your brain wants more as soon as you ingest them. By replacing carbohydrates with fat, your appetite often decreases to a large extent. If your body is used to carbohydrate deficiency, and your appetite decreases, fasting will probably be a lot easier for you.
Burn more fat
Keto is effective because in ketosis your body uses fat as fuel, which helps you lose weight fast. Mix this with fasting and the extra pounds will shed off in no time. Double diet, double advantage, right?
Fast Burn During Ketosis
Restricting carbohydrates in the keto diet, your body eventually enters ketosis. When you combine this with fasting, which drains your storage of glycogen – energy the body stores for later – you reach “ketosis” faster. All your energy stores are used up faster, causing your body to switch to fat as fuel.
The Disadvantages of Combining Keto and IF
Is Keto Bad for Your Health?
Note: if you do it wrong, keto will be bad for you. Consuming fats can be good, but you will have to do that with a varied diet – filled with unsaturated fats.
Poorer Sports Performance
Intermittent fasting can lower your fat percentage in your body and maintain muscle mass, but consuming a low amount of carbohydrates – due to the keto diet – can be harmful to athletes. Your results in the gym may be affected due to calorie deficit and long hours of fasting.
Is It Hard to Follow?
Both the keto diet and intermittent fasting are good diets. You impose a lot of restrictions on yourself, which does improve your fitness, but it’s all the harder to persevere. By combining Keto and Intermittent Fasting, you set yourself up for difficult or an almost impossible tasks, with more chance of fallout. Remember, to be successful in any aspect of life, you have to be consistent.
To achieve certain goals in a specific time period, a combination of these two super diets can provide you with lightning-fast results. But the limitations you put on yourself can sometimes be harmful to your healthy lifestyle. We would say: use the word ‘fast’ and use it for a short period of time if you want to lose weight quickly. But always listen carefully to your body and don’t keep it up longer than necessary. A well-executed diet, however extreme, is not bad for you.