Losing weight is a tough challenge what with the fad diets that you’ll come across that promise quick results, and yet you find yourself struggling to keep up with the diet plan. Unfortunately, with so many diet plans available, it is sometimes a struggle finding the right one to use. Well, one type of diet plan that has been found to be effective in making you lose weight is the keto or ketogenic diet plan.
What is the Keto Diet?
The keto diet is a low-carb diet where your total consumption of carbs for the whole day should only be 20 grams of net carbs in order for your body to make ketones. Once your body starts making ketones, it means that your body is starting to use your fats to fuel your body instead of carbohydrates. When this happens, it means that your body is starting to go into ketosis.
What About Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a new diet craze that is typically used in conjunction with other diets to give the user the best results. In this diet plan, you will be timing your intake of food in order to get the benefits. When it comes to your keto diet, keep in mind that your success is not limited to how well you have restricted yourself from eating carbs, to the amount of protein and fats that you have consumed, but rather on how often you eat, when you eat, and how much food you are eating. If you hit a plateau in your keto diet, trying intermittent fasting can help jumpstart your diet.
There are different ways for you to approach intermittent fasting and these are:
In this method, you will need to condense your macronutrient consumption in a window of 4 to 7 hours while the rest of the day is dedicated to fasting.
As the name suggests, you will be skipping a meal here to add to your existing fasting time. Some people skip breakfast to prolong their fasting while others go for skipping lunch.
24 to 48 hour cleanse
If you can skip eating for 1 to 2 days, then do so. This is for those who want to extend their fasting period to promote the production of ketones.
If this is your first time to do an intermittent fasting, choose the eating window method as this is easier to follow.
Tips for Intermittent Fasting in Keto
To make your intermittent fasting while in keto successful, here are a few tips to follow:
Drink good coffee
If you are on a fasting state, it means that you can’t have any drink that has calories in them. That said, you can have tea and black coffee. Drinking high quality coffee can make your mornings more bearable.
While you are fasting, make sure that you get up and workout, but not the high intensity kind since you are missing calories. Keep in mind that growth hormones tend to be highest when you work out during your fasting.
Break your fasting at noon
Doing a 16 to 18 hour fast can a few times can help jumpstart your weight loss. In this type of fasting, your last meal will be at 6 in the evening then have something at noon the following day. Choose a meal that is nourishing as well as high in fats to help stabilize your sugar levels.
These are just a few tips that you should consider when you are doing a fasting during keto diet. This way, you will be able to help push your weight loss back on the right track.