Experts say there are both the positive and negative sides of doing that. After all, prolonged limited eating, absolutely no sugar, and a complete abandon of carbs is something that can be extreme for anybody. I have been hearing the term lately from everyone I met. I have heard about both these terms, called intermittent fasting and Keto Diet, surely you have too!
This sister duo is trending everywhere, after all, but maybe some of us still might haven’t touched base with these terms. So, for them, here I am writing a little about both intermittent and keto fasting.
Intermittent Fasting or 16/8
Starting with what intermittent fasting is; it is a fad that is much accepted by the world these days. It is about alternating the cycles of eating and fasting. Coming to the food choices during intermittent fasting, there is nothing particular that one needs to follow. In fact, it is not even about which foods to eat, but rather the appropriate time to consume food.
There are several methods to intermittent fast; almost all of it relies on either splitting the day or week into fasting & eating periods.
Did you know that we already have been fasting when we are asleep? Intermittent fasting is simply to extend that for little more hours.
What you need to start this is to skip breakfast. Your first meal would be in the afternoon and dinner at 8 pm.
Now that’s 16 hours of fasting every day is what will help in managing weight, for which this fad came into existence. Besides, an 8-hour eating window lets you eat what you want- so a win-win situation for those who don’t want to skip their favorite foods.
So, they say it is tough- Is it, really?
Well, it is not! In fact, many have witnessed that they actually start to feel better, more energetic, and more active- mentally and physically, after they have fused Intermittent fasting and Keto Diet.
Why it seems difficult, even when it is not?
It is just like any other task that looks tough in the beginning, but once you commence it is simple to follow it through. Once your body gets used to it, it becomes simple to follow this routine. Then you can combat hunger for prolonged hours, without the usual discomfort that your body might feel, otherwise.
The mantra is just to avoid food, whereas drinks including tea, coffee, or juice can be consumed- a cup of any of these would do. Calorie-free supplements are also a good choice for those who are intermittent fasting.
Those who are really into this type of fasting are usually looking forward to benefits like losing weight, diminish metabolism, improved metabolic, and better mind & body.
What are the types? I want to know if there is variety in the fasting too!
Here are some famous ones!
16/8 Method – The one that I explained above! Fast for 16 hours and eat between the 8 hours left- from afternoon to final meal in the night.
5:2 Method – Here we track the calories, pick any 2 days of the week, and consume no more than 600 calories to make your fast work for you.
Eat-Halt-Eat – Umm, so this one is done twice a week! I like naming it Dinner-to-Dinner- where one skips dinner on one day, halt the process of eating until dinner the next day. So, 24 hours of no food eating, that’s what they include in the eat-stop-eat method.
Keto Diet Explained
Less than 50 gms of carbs a day, and you are good to go, when you are following a keto diet. Those who are really into this diet will know how they have not just cut carbs, but also eat no more than 50 gms of carbs every day.
The diet is actually low in carbs and high in fats. We want our body to force us to break down the fat for the main source of energy. The idea is to use ketones for energy, to be precise. Achieve ketosis, and stay in ketosis!
Intermittent Fasting and Keto diet- How Does it Work Together?
There is similarity- weight loss, improvement in brain functioning, healthier metabolism, and many other benefits.
So, if one is following both these diets together is going to get some amazing results, as the benefits are additional.
The fasting pumps your body to use the existing fat in the body for energy. Here, the glucose takes the back seat, allowing the fat to play its role. When your body is going through fasting, it gives better space for the keto diet to play its role in improving your mind and body.
Folks who are striving to lose body fat and get some better results with exercising can go for this diet and fasting combo.
But the Question is that should you do it Together?
Well, this question has developed curiosity among the masses. By now, it was just the celebs like Kardashians talk about it, now it is the world.
The advantages are superb and big, you know. That is the reason why you will hear one of these terms, or maybe both, from every other individual.
As far as this question of whether the combo is both is concerned, the answer would be ‘yes,’ it is just the right thing for a healthy gut.
Keto Diet + Intermittent Fasting- Are there any Disadvantages?
In case you are thinking of adopting ‘this combination’, it would be better to know in advance. As far as I know, both these types of diets are to some extent extreme on their own. So, when you combine both these extreme diets together needs utmost care and watchfulness.
First, these diets are extremes, and then you are combining it, which put in a superfluous layer of what we can call as a challenge to the diet.
WARNING: This diet is not ideal for everyone. You need to keep your medical conditions in mind, before making your decision about opting for the combo of intermittent fasting and keto diet. Serious warning for pregnant women!
You need commitment and strength to make both, Intermittent Fasting and Keto Diet work together.
Sticking to the Diet is Tough, but Not Impossible
We drool over the spicy street food, so it can be difficult at times to stick to this diet, which can be stressful for most of us.
Okay, So the Takeaway Message!
Together, Intermittent Fasting and Keto Diet, and if done properly, this unique combination can help you in achieving a great body and mind. Yes, to some people, it may not work that well because of certain reasons, otherwise, it is a great option to maintain good health.
Another thing- to some alone dieting may sound tough or little too much, while some others may not feel the pressure of even both. So, it depends on the medical conditions, strength, commitment, and the intensity of the goals set for mind and body that a person can really survive this duo of intermittent fasting and keto diet.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor before opting for any change in the diet, especially Intermittent Fasting and Keto Diet.