Is intermittent fasting related to ketogenic diet?

by - April 11, 2019

With all the diet types and plans out there in the world, it only takes a short while for one to get lost at sea and be so overwhelmed by the sheer number of it all, that the next best thing is just to give it all up and keep living life as usual.

Today, however, we are going to be highlighting two of the most popular ones, comparing, contrasting and trying to show relations and how they make or mar them.

Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting are hot and trending topics in the diet world right now, with some people supporting the one, and others, the other. Are they the same? If they are different, how different are they? Is there any relationship between them?  Let’s get some answers to these questions now, shall we?

The major goals of both these diet plans are to aid in weight loss, and encourage a healthy eating habit/lifestyle.

The ketogenic diet (or keto diet, for short) is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.
This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.

Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits.

There are different types of keto diet. Benefits of Keto diet includes weight loss, aid with type 2 diabetes, aid in the treatment of several types of cancer, reduce symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and slow its progression, etc.

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them. There are a whole lot of other things to know about Intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting can be used as a tool to reach ketosis. As a matter of fact, it induces ketosis faster, than doing the keto diet alone. Both diets are effective tools for healthy weight-loss, fat loss (not muscle loss), balancing cholesterol levels, improving insulin sensitivity and keeping blood sugar levels stable.

They have also been shown to have such mental benefits as boost memory, improve mental clarity and focus and prevent neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.

Keto diet and intermittent fasting are definitely not the same, but are known to use different methods to achieve similar goals.

Because intermittent fasting is very flexible and has no strict rules on diet and restriction, it is considered the friendlier and more sustainable-for-the-long-term diet than the keto diet that demands restriction of some types of foods and adherence to a certain diet.

The keto diet is not for the faint of heart. It takes planning, preparation, and major dedication. Basically, you have to be super committed to keto in order to make it work, and that approach doesn't work for everybody. If you don't like following rules or you aren't a planner, keto may not be for you.

With intermittent fasting, it isn't so much about what you eat, but when. By simply sticking to your eating window, it just seems to work, though it's important to remember that what you eat during fast will have an impact . It isn't as strict as keto, but you do have to stick closely to your eating window to see results.

What's nice about IF is that there is more than one way to make it work, so you can always adjust as necessary.

On whether or not intermittent fasting and keto diet can work together, Dr. Gustin says, "Intermittent fasting and ketosis work wonderfully together. Intermittent fasting helps raise levels of ketones by keeping insulin low, and being in ketosis while intermittent fasting allows you to burn fat for fuel and decrease appetite."

Dr. Axe agrees, saying, "It is actually ideal to do intermittent fasting in tandem with the ketogenic diet. When it comes to fasting, an advantage of the keto diet is that it can help to decrease hunger and cravings, make it easier to comfortably go longer periods without eating."

So, if you really want to go all in, it looks like IF and keto actually work really well when done at the same time. As we always say though, please seek medical advice from your doctor before embarking on any diet plans, so as to avoid any health challenges along the way, and get the best results from your diet.

Stay healthy, stay safe!!!

Have you tried combining IF and keto together? What were the challenges? Share your experiences with us!

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