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When you’re looking to lose weight, the obvious answer is to calorie restrict. That’s because a low-carb diet like the keto diet is what helps you lose weight fast. Intermittent fasting (aka, fasting) is another big tool that can help you lose weight. This eating strategy involves restricting your eating to a specific period of the day.
For example, during the fasted periods of the day, you might not eat anything at all, or you could consume only foods that have been specially prepared for the fasted periods. The general idea is that when your body doesn’t receive a meal or snacks throughout the day, it can recover from overnight fasting better and reduce hunger levels. In addition, research shows that fasting helps people to feel more focused and less hungry over time.
Therefore, if you’re looking to lose weight fast and don’t want to count calories or restrict your food intake too much, then fasting might be worth a try. But how exactly does intermittent fasting work and what are its benefits? Let’s take a look at this keto dieting tip in more detail…
Keto and Intermittent Fasting
As we discussed above, the basic idea with the keto diet is that you want to “keto down” by eating low-carb foods like fat and protein less often and foods with natural fats and carbohydrates like healthy fats and carbs that are easily digestible. The idea is that when you “keto down,” your body uses fat as the main source of calories, leaving you with less abdominal fat and a greater ability to “pump” (i.e., store) glycogen (a sugar power-up fuel) for long-term energy.
However, the keto diet isn’t the only diet that promotes weight loss. There are many diets out there that recommend people eat fewer calories and reduce their portion sizes. One of them is intermittent fasting, which is when you don’t eat any food for a period of time—usually 16 hours—one of the most popular being the keto diet.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
Intermittent fasting is a type of dietary strategy that involves reducing your daily caloric intake during two specific times of the day. Additionally, you can also fast for 24 hours and then eat a single, full-fat meal the rest of the day.
There are many sub-categories to this diet approach and the one you choose will depend on a number of factors such as your health, weight goal, and lifestyle. However, regardless of which diet you choose, you’ll likely benefit from both.
How Long Does an Intermittent Fast Last?
The length of time you’ll fast is generally dependant on two things—how uncomfortable you feel and how hungry you are. If you’re really uncomfortable lying in bed for four to six hours, you might opt to fast for an hour.
However, most people find that a 12-hour continuous fast is comfortable, with one small snack break of 1 to 2 hours being okay. If you’re hungry but don’t feel like you need to eat for hours, you may opt for the 16-hour fast.
While you won’t get as much benefit from the 24-hour fast, it’s still a good idea to experiment with the length of time you’d like to fast.
The Good News About Intermittent Fasting
So far, we’ve discussed what intermittent fasting is, why you might do it, and how you might do it. However, there is also good news about the keto diet, as well as about intermittent fasting in general. Both diets are effective at helping people achieve faster weight loss, improve their health, and increase longevity.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who followed the keto diet lost more weight and kept it off longer than those who followed a traditional diet. Furthermore, a study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that people who followed the keto diet for 24 weeks lost more weight and improved their health markers than those who followed a standard diet.
Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and improve your health. While it’s not possible to eat such sugary foods without digesting them, eating a low-carb diet can help you avoid this by producing less insulin and producing more acetylcholine, which helps to break down toxins and create energy.
Additionally, keto dieting helps with muscle gain and tissue breakdown while preserving your sanity—both important factors when it comes to weight loss!