Intermittent fasting and keto diet
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If you commit to the ketogenic diet while doing intermittent fasting as well, it could offer the following benefits.

May smooth your path to ketosis

Intermittent fasting may help your body reach ketosis quicker than the keto diet alone.

That’s because your body, when fasting, maintains its energy balance by shifting its fuel source from carbs to fats — the exact premise of the keto diet (1).

During fasting, insulin levels and glycogen stores decrease, leading your body to naturally start burning fat for fuel (2).

For anyone who struggles to reach ketosis while on a keto diet, adding intermittent fasting may effectively jumpstart your process.

May lead to more fat loss

Combining the diet and the fast may help you burn more fat than the diet alone.

Because intermittent fasting boosts metabolism by promoting thermogenesis, or heat production, your body may start utilizing stubborn fat stores (3).

Several studies reveal that intermittent fasting can powerfully and safely drop excess body fat.

In an eight-week study in 34 resistance-trained men, those who practiced the 16/8 method of intermittent fasting lost nearly 14% more body fat than those following a normal eating pattern (4).

Similarly, a review of 28 studies noted that people who used intermittent fasting lost an average of 7.3 pounds (3.3 kg) more fat mass than those following very low-calorie diets (5).

Plus, intermittent fasting may preserve muscle mass during weight loss and improve energy levels, which may be helpful for keto dieters looking to improve athletic performance and drop body fat (6,7).

Additionally, studies underscore that intermittent fasting can reduce hunger and promote feelings of fullness, which may aid weight loss (8).

SUMMARY

Combining intermittent fasting with a keto diet may help you reach ketosis faster and drop more body fat than a keto diet alone.

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