Keto diet: Intermittent fasting on plan may help boost weight loss results

KETO or ketogenic diets are one of the most popular ways for slimmers to lose weight. The diet involves eating a low-carb and a high fat foods which puts the body in a metabolic state known as ketosis. But one expert has shared how intermittent fasting might be a helpful addition to the keto diet for those wanting to lose weight.

PUBLISHED: 11:06, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:06, Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Keto diets involve restricting carbohydrate intake to less than 20g a day whilst suggested fat intake is around 125g. This puts your body in a state known as ketosis which is when the body finds itself using fat as its main fuel. This can also happen when intermittent fasting too, different eating patterns where you restrict food consumption to certain time periods. One expert has shared with how combining the keto diet and intermittent fasting can help boost weight loss results. 

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Personal trainer and Nutrition Coach for OriGym Centre of Excellence Chloe Twist, explains how fasting on the keto diet can have effects on ketosis.

She says: “To boost your weight loss on a ketogenic diet, you may find it helpful to try a short-term fast before you begin, or intermittent fasting during the diet. Fasting can lessen the amount of time that it takes for your body to enter ketosis, which can have favourable effects on weight loss.”

Unlike keto, intermittent fasting isn’t considered as a diet but rather a lifestyle habit and change. 

Intermittent fasting refers to different types of eating patterns and there are many different variations of it. 

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The most common method is called the daily timed restricted feed and it permits eating for eight hours a day.

It usually follows a 16 hour period of fasting, followed by an eight hour window of non fasting and may help your body reach ketosis quicker than the keto diet alone. 

According to Healthline, this is because your body, when fasting, gets its fuel source from burning fat instead of carbs.

When fasting, insulin levels decrease, leading your body to naturally start burning fat for fuel. 

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