This is one of the hot topics of discussion among people how are on keto diet. Some says that this will help to boost your weight loss while some are of the opinion that this can create problems like acidity, GERD etc. What is the truth? Lets discuss this hot topic in this article.
Lchf-keto & Intermittent fasting combo
Before we do the comparison, lets learn about intermittent fasting as we are on the assumption that we already knows about lchf-keto diet.
Intermittent fasting is more like an eating method of eating in cycles i.e. you will have time window for eating and another time window for fasting. The popular methods are 5:2 or 16:8.
Popular method is of 16/8 intermittent fasting which involves eating during an eight hour timeframe and then fasting for next 16 hours.
Though intermittent fasting is mainly used as a weight loss method, studies shows that it has got some health benefits too.
Research show that intermittent fasting has shown to reduce inflammation, improve brain function and better blood sugar control.
On the other hand lchf or keto diet is a high fat, low carb way of eating where carbs are considerably reduced to 20 gms per day which makes your body utilize reserve fats to produce energy. In other words, body reaches ketosis state and it converts fat into ketones, which serve as an energy source when compare to glucose.
Keto diet has also proven useful to loss weight, treat epilepsy, improve mental symptoms in Alzheimers disease, reduce blood sugar and lower heart disease risk.
What happens when you combine both?
The following are the benefits of combining lchf-keto diet and intermittent fasting,
1. Eases the ketosis process pathway
When you are fasting, body gets energy from fats than from carbs because of the decreasing insulin levels and glycogen stores.
If you are struggling to hop onto ketosis, intermittent fasting will jump start the process.
2. Increased Weight Loss
Intermittent fasting involves thermogenesis or heat production utilizing stubborn fat stores. Intermittent fasting also preserve muscle mass during weight loss with increase in energy levels. One more point to note is intermittent fasting reduces hunger and promote feeling of fullness, which inturn reduces the food intake leading to weight loss.
Pregnant or breast feeding women, people with dieabetes or heart disease should consult a doctor before starting this combo. This combination is otherwise safe for most people. As said earlier, combining keto diet and intermittent fasting fastens your ketosis process and may result in more fat loss. You can experiment by doing the combo and can find out what works best for you.