Intermittent Fasting VS Keto
I am sure if you have ever googled anything weight loss-related, then you are familiar with these words. Both- IF and ketogenic diet have to be two most googled weight loss methods. To be honest, they do not have anything in common but still, people keep comparing them.
Let’s see, which works the best- intermittent fasting or keto.
What is Keto Diet?
Keto diet was “born” with the goal of treating some diseases, but then it gained popularity and found its place in diet and nutritions.
How does it work, you might ask. Well, I’m about to tell you- Human body gets most of its energy from carbs, which later on turn into glucose. If you reduce carb intake dramatically, less than 20 gram a day, the amount of glucose in the blood reduces dramatically too- for the body to work normally this amount of energy is not enough. That is why our body goes into ketosis- a process of getting alternative energy. This is a process of fat dissolving which creates ketogenic bodies, used as an alternative origin of energy.
In our normal state, the amount of ketogenic bodies is super low, as their importance is changed by the glucose and the body does not need excess energy.
Ketogenic state can be reached by fasting for several days, which I do not recommend, as it is not safe if done without a doctor’s supervision. If you want to go keto, you will have to reduce carb intake, increase healthy fats and maintain your protein intake.
Products you can take while being on a keto diet:
- Plant-based oil and butter
- Any kind of meat
- Green veggies
- Dairy products except for milk
Products that are not allowed:
- Any kind of pastry and conditory products
- Processed meat products (sausages) because of the sugar level
- Vegetables that consist high level of sugar and carbs, for example potatoes and corn
- Fruits and dry-fruits
Even though these two diets are totally different from each other, let’s see what cons this diet has, so we can compare intermittent fasting vs keto .
What Are Cons And Pros Of This Diet?
Well one of the cons has to be how people do not understand the true idea behind keto. People can’t seem to understand how you can be eating and losing weight at the same time. Also, they are afraid that without glucose, the brain won’t be able to work well.
Also while being on ketosis there is a huge negative change happening on a liver, which is not good for our health.
Keto is not allowed for diabetic, pregnant and people with chronic diseases.
Small intake of vegetables might cause bowel problems too.
Some words on Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting kind of goes against what we have been hearing for years, that we have to eat frequently and small portions, that we should not feel hunger at all, that early breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People that follow IF, normally do not eat what is considered to be a “breakfast”, but this is also a stereotype, as you can “break fast” at any time of the day.
IF is not a diet but a pattern of eating. The most popular method is 16:8: eating for 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours. For example, if you have dinner at 7 pm, you wait till 11 in the morning, so you can start eating again. Of course in these 16 hours sleeping period counts too, that is why this diet is not too hardcore.
How does it work, you might ask. Well, I have written many articles about IF and science behind it which you can check out here: Which intermittent fasting is the best, Science behind IF, Intermittent fasting versus calorie restriction.
But with a few words, I’ll tell you that while eating our insulin level rises. Whenever we eat carbs, they turn into glucose which stimulates the pancreas to secrete a hormone called insulin.
This insulin tells the cells to stop breaking down glucose and fatty acids which are absorbed from the blood into fat cells that are used as part for our energy and whatever is excess is stored in the body and this is exactly what we do not need.
Whenever we eat carbs, they turn into glucose which stimulates the pancreas to secrete a hormone called insulin.
This insulin tells the cells to stop breaking down glucose and fatty acids which are absorbed from the blood into fat cells that are used as part for our energy and whatever excess is stored in the body and this is exactly what we do not need.
But Still – Intermittent Fasting VS Keto
In my opinion, these two are so different from each other that even comparing intermittent fasting vs keto is not right, but let’s decide which one is better?
In my ideology, saying no to some group of food that you love can result 99% times in binging, which is the last thing you want to do while losing weight. That is why keto diets would not work for a person like me, who loves enjoying her food without going too crazy over macronutrients.
If you eat in moderation and portion control, I think that the chance of gaining weight is below zero. Intermittent fasting works better for this healthy mindset, as you do not think regularly about your next meal and macro-nutrients.
Being healthy mentally is as important as being healthy physically, that is why I always support those diets, that do not have as much of a pressure on a person mentally.
So as you have already guessed, my winner in the fight intermittent fasting vs keto is… IF!