Updated Dec 16th, — Written by Craig Clarke. Intermittent fasting has become an immensely popular dieting strategy. Although it may seem like another diet fad, there are several reasons why skipping meals can be so helpful for many of us. The first and biggest for most is that intermittent fasting can help you bust through weight loss plateaus. Down to those last couple of pounds, or been stuck at the same number for weeks? Give this a try. The other reasons are for the sheer health benefits of fasting. Better metabolic adaptions, improved muscle growth and synthesis, and improved responses to post workout meals when you work out. And this is just a brief overview of what the research on fasting has found. For an in-depth look at the benefits of intermittent fasting, you can head over to the more scientific post I did on it over here.
So we went straight to the experts to find out what happens if you follow both a ketogenic diet and an intermittent fasting plan at the exact same time—and whether or not you should! This way of noshing also reduces blood sugar and insulin levels to further promote weight loss and management. Simply put, IF is when you eat all of your meals within a certain window of time. There are a few different models. The most common type is , meaning you eat over the course of 8 hours during the day and fast for 16 hours overnight. You can also follow a pattern where you fast for an entire day once or twice a week, or where you eat normally for five days and severely restrict your caloric intake for two days typically calories. Plus, if done properly, intermittent fasting can actually trigger the ketosis strived for in keto. Support from readers like you helps us do our best work.
Share Follow us Before I gave up grains, sugar and other foods which I used to believe were healthy or at least not harmful, I had breakfast every single day. At least that’s what all kinds of TV ads were claiming, promoting whole grains and cereals and other “healthy” breakfast options often loaded with sugar. Just the thought of skipping a meal made me feel guilty. Doing a full day fast seemed unnecessary and impossible to follow. But all this has just been part of the big high-carb, low-fat campaign. As you will learn in this post, nothing can be further from the truth.