Keto and Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a relatively new yet powerful tool for weight loss. The method revolves around fasting and eating for certain periods of time. For example, the 16/8 technique is where you eat in the 8-hour bracket and restrict all calories in the rest of the 16 hours.
Intermittent fasting has shown great benefits for the body and brain cells. It can ward off chronic diseases, improve brain functions, and boost energy levels. Moreover, the technique is the perfect way to lose stubborn fat. It also reduces the calorie intake and improves the metabolism rate of the body.
During intermittent fasting, you can eat all the food that your body requires but only during the specified period of time. Other than the 16/8 technique, there are other techniques too such as 18/6 or alternate day fasting. People who are obese can greatly benefit from intermittent fasting, especially if they combine it with the Ketogenic diet.
Types of Intermittent Fasting
There are so many ways to go around intermittent fasting. Those who plan to do it can choose the type that best suits their lifestyle. This way, they will have increased chances of success.
A: 5:2 Fasting Method
The 5:2 method is the most common type of intermittent fasting. In this approach, you eat normally for five days and restrict calories for two days (up to 500 calories). You can choose your fasting days and plan them accordingly. However, nutritionists suggest that you shouldn’t exercise a lot on the days you are fasting.
B. Time-Restricted Fasting
The time-restricted intermittent fasting is the 16/8 or 18/6 technique in which you eat normally only in your daily eating window. The best way to plan this type of fasting is to set your eating window from 9am to 5pm, especially if you are working. It works best as you can have a healthy breakfast and an early dinner. For the time you have to fast, you are sleeping, so that makes it easier and you technically don’t even miss any meals.
C. Overnight Fasting
The overnight fasting method is where you can eat normally during the 12 hours of the day, and stop eating at night. For example, your fasting period will begin from 7 pm and you can resume eating at 7am. This technique may, however, not boost your weight loss to a great extent.
D. Whole-Day Fasting
The whole-day fasting technique is the one where the fasting period lasts for 24 hours. You can plan your fasting from lunch to lunch or dinner to dinner.
As the name suggests, this technique involves alternate days of fasting. The fasting days include up to 500 calories, while non fasting days are normal eating days. This technique is highly effective for obese people who want to shed weight quickly.
F. Bulletproof Fasting
Bulletproof fasting works best when you include bulletproof coffee in your diet. This coffee is a highly rich-in-fat coffee made up of quality fats and coffee beans. One special ingredient that is highly essential for the coffee is brain Octane Oil (C8 MCT oil). This form of MCT oil drives the ketone levels in the blood and helps the body reach ketosis much faster.