In addition to following the Ketogenic diet, I’ve started intermittent fasting. The high fat content of Keto helps keep you fuller longer, which makes it easier to fast. But, you don’t necessarily have to follow a specific diet to do intermittent fasting. Fasting is more about restricting the number of hours you eat in a day, rather than what you eat.
When you go 12+ hours without eating, your body moves from relying on energy from your last meal to using energy from your fat stores, which can help you lose weight.
There are many approaches to intermittent fasting, but two of the most popular variations are the 5-2 method (where you fast for 24 hours, 2 days a week), and the 16-8 method (which is what I follow.)
I fast for approximately 16 hrs a day, starting after dinner, then I don’t eat again until lunch the next day. During a fast, I only drink water, black coffee, or tea. (The app I’m using to track my fasting is called BodyFast. It is available for free on Google Play.)
Intermittent fasting for 12+ hours, along with a balanced, nutritious diet (whether that is Keto or not), may provide health benefits such as weight loss, blood sugar regulation, and reduced inflammation.
As always, if you have medical conditions, please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
Want to learn more about the Ketogenic diet? Check out my Keto page.