Intermittent fasting and ketosis

by - April 25, 2019


Keto diet and intermittent fasting are two of the most current trends in health. Many health-conscious people use these methods to lose weight and control certain health conditions. While both have solid research that confirms their supposed benefits, many people wonder if it is safe and effective to combine the two. The answer, however, can be found in this article.

Ketosis is a metabolic condition characterized by high levels of ketone bodies in body tissues, which are generally pathological in conditions such as diabetes, or may result from a very low carbohydrate diet.

A typical list of keto diet foods requires getting rid of most carbohydrates, including healthy foods such as whole grain high fiber and most fruits, while fats are a priority, such as avocado, olive oil, beef with grass and even bacon.

The keto diet can undoubtedly lead to rapid weight loss in the short term. Critics point out, however, the lack of long-term research (over two years) on people who use keto to lose weight.

If you commit to the ketogenic diet while performing intermittent fasting, you can obtain the following benefits.

Fat loss


Keto and intermittent fasting are a double blow to lose weight. Fasting and keto spontaneously increase fat loss, even when people do not intentionally restrict their calories. When you combine intermittent fasting and keto, you become a fat-burning machine.
The weight comes off quickly, and because keto also suppresses ghrelin, you don’t get nearly as much of the hunger and feelings of deprivation that usually accompany weight loss.

Make Smooth Your Path to Ketosis:


Intermittent fasting may help your body reach ketosis quicker than the keto diet alone. That’s because your body, when fasting, maintains its energy balance by shifting its fuel source from carbs to fats, the exact premise of the keto diet. During fasting, insulin levels and glycogen stores decrease, leading your body to naturally start burning fat for fuel. For anyone who struggles to reach ketosis while on a keto diet, adding intermittent fasting may effectively jumpstart your process.

Hunger suppression:


A ketogenic diet suppresses hunger, too. On a keto diet, your liver converts fat into little bundles of energy called ketones, which it then sends through your bloodstream for your cells to use as fuel. Ketones suppress ghrelin, your body’s main hunger hormone. High ghrelin makes you hungry. On keto, your ghrelin stays low, even when you don’t have food in your system. In other words, you can go longer without eating and you won’t get hungry. Fasting becomes significantly easier on keto so you can fast for longer windows to reap all the benefits.

Combining the ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting is likely safe for most people as it may help you reach ketosis faster than a keto diet alone. It may also result in greater fat loss. However, while this method may work wonders for some, it’s not necessary to mix both, and some people should avoid this combination.

You’re welcome to experiment and see whether a combination or one practice on its own works best for you. But as with any major lifestyle change, it’s advisable to speak to your healthcare provider first.

However, pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with a history of disordered eating should avoid intermittent fasting.

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