You can combine BOTH the Ketogenic Diet with the Intermittent Fasting.

At first glance, the Keto Diet and Intermittent Fasting do not seem to have much in common.

One completely changes what you eat (the Keto diet involves eating mostly healthy fats, with little protein and carbohydrates), and the other changes when you eat (intermittent fasting usually makes you not eat for 16 hours a day, but you can eat what you want for eight).

But they have one thing in common: ketosis. The state in which the body begins to burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates can be achieved in two ways, says Kristen Mancinelli, dietitian and author of Jump Start Ketosis: Intermittent Fasting for Burning Fat and Losing Weight.

Then it makes sense that they are related from time to time, but if you follow them at the same time you could burn more fat or is it an even more restrictive practice than just following the ketogenic diet.

Why intermittent fasting with the Keto diet?

Intermittent fasting could contribute to the burning process of the Keto diet, says Kelly Roehl, an advanced-level dietitian and nutritionist at Rush University Medical Center.

In fact, Roehl adds that some people (including those) use intermittent fasting to start the state of ketosis. Intermittent fasting can reduce blood sugar levels, which can cause ketosis to be boosted or increased when someone no longer follows it, for example, when they stop following the diet, he says.

Keep in mind that although it is difficult to follow the Keto diet, it is even more difficult to do intermittent fasting in combination with this diet. Unless combining them goes well with your pace of life and is something you can commit to, it will not be sustainable.

Should intermittent fasting be done with the Keto diet?

It is not necessary to do intermittent fasting with the Keto diet, but it is not impossible (mainly because you are not restricting calorie intake during the period in which you can eat).

You are likely to do intermittent fasting more often than you think, says Roehl. Has it ever happened to you that you had dinner at eight o'clock at night but did not eat or drink anything until noon the next day? Well, that is intermittent fasting.

However, it is important to mention that if you have diabetes and use insulin, or do the Keto diet for some medical reason, such as epilepsy, you should not do intermittent fasting under any circumstances (or follow the Keto diet, in fact) without speaking first with a nutritionist specializing in the subject, says Roehl.

What else do I need to know before trying to fast intermittently with the Keto Diet?

Make sure that you pay enough attention to the proportions of ketosis (as a reminder, these are: 60-75% calories from fat, 15-30% calories from protein and 5-10% calories from carbohydrates).

Then, make sure you eat enough nutrients (that is, things that are not very processed), says Roehl. "Keto diets are often seen as bacon and cheese dishes, but these foods are low in certain nutrients you need to boost health," he says.

Conclusion: Intermittent fasting with the Keto diet can help you burn fat faster and lose weight, but, as always, the healthiest and most sustainable diet is the one you can really follow, and intermittent fasting combined with the Keto diet can be difficult to maintain for a prolonged period of time.

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