You’ve probably heard the buzz about Intermittent Fasting (IF) and the Keto diet. It seems that everyone is trying one or both of them. But what are they, and how do you know if they’re right for you?
Intermittent Fasting (IF) means that you only eat within a certain time frame – usually 8 hours out of the day, so you’re fasting the other 16. If that sounds like a long time to go without food, remember that you’ll be sleeping for (hopefully) about 8 hours of that fast. If you put off your first meal of the day until 11 AM and then stop eating after dinner at 7 PM, it’s a fairly painless fast period.
The Keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan. When you restrict carbs, your body no longer has a ready sugar supply to burn for energy. It switches into a fat-burning mode, known as ketosis. This diet has been shown to burn body fat, reduce cravings, and improve insulin resistance, all without calorie counting.
Both of these eating plans show promising health benefits. But what if you combine them? And are they for everyone? Here’s what you need to know.
Are Modified Fasting and the Keto Diet even better together?
Both modified fasting and the Keto diet can be good for your body in ways that go beyond fat loss. Fasting stimulates processes that clean your body on the cellular level and activates stem cells to rejuvenate the body. Ketosis also provides some of these benefits, while also improving metabolic health, reducing insulin resistance, and decreasing inflammation.
Both diets have been shown to be effective in weight loss and improving health in other ways, and when you combine intermittent fasting with a Keto diet, the effects are intensified.
This doesn’t mean that this is always the best diet for everyone. It’s important to have a full picture of your health before you begin, to be certain that it’s a safe choice for you. Some people experience irritability and fatigue, and it may not work for people who struggle with disordered eating. Although people usually disregard the advice to consult a doctor before starting a diet, it’s extra important to do so when using IF or the Keto diet.
Contact the health experts at Apollo Medical Associates for help with determining what lifestyle choices are right for you. We offer many resources to help you heal and recover full-body health and energy.