Trying to decide between intermittent fasting and the famous ketogenic diet? These two diets have pretty much overtaken the Internet and are considered the most popular weight-loss diets at the moment and for a good reason. Both diets have successfully helped hundreds of thousands of people drop weight without the need of calorie counting, plus, helping to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Even though both diets offer similar results, they couldn’t be more different from one another. We are breaking down the differences between each diet so you can make an educated decision as to which one is better suited for you.
What is the Ketogenic Diet?
The Ketogenic Diet is designed to help get your body in a fat-burning state of ketosis. Basically, you eliminate 90% of carbohydrates from your daily diet, which will cause your body to start burning off ketones and stored fat as your body’s main energy source.
There are quite a few health benefits from entering into a state of ketosis such as improved sleep quality, clearer memory and skin, decrease in blood pressure, blood sugar levels and cholesterol and quicker recovery rates while exercising.
How does the Ketogenic Diet work?
In order to enter into the fat-burning state of ketosis, you really need to eliminate all carbs, so when we say no carbs we mean no more pizza, pasta, cookies, etc. Your diet will mostly consist of high-fat proteins such as avocados, cheese, beef, etc. Plus you can eat unlimited amounts of green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, green peppers and broccoli.
A typical day on the Ketogenic Diet would begin with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon and spinach smoothie. Lunch could be a big chopped salad with a hard-boiled egg and feta cheese. And dinner might be grilled salmon with a spinach salad. The best part is you can still drink coffee!
Who should try the Ketogenic Diet?
The Ketogenic Diet requires a large dose of discipline but if you need to lose lots of weight, then this is your best option. But in order for it work you can’t have any treat-myself days, as you will come out of ketosis. So if you aren’t strict with yourself, maybe this diet isn’t for you.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a more flexible weight loss program and there are several different options to help your body enter into fat-burning ketosis. You can choose which fasting option works best for you and by fasting, we mean limiting the window each day that you can eat or drink calories.
Fasting is a proven weight loss method as it stops your body from looking for energy from foods consumed, as there are none and begins to burn ketones and stored fat. Some other health benefits from intermittent fasting are that it eliminates brain fog, accelerates your metabolism and lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure.
How does Intermittent fasting work?
One of the main reasons people love intermittent fasting is the freedom it gives you while dieting. You can tailor-fit your fasting schedule to work with your schedule. There is no need to count calories or eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. Plus you can still eat fruit and an occasional sweet treat.
Most people opt for an 8-hour eating window and 16 hours of fasting. You are still allowed to drink unsweetened coffee and tea while on the fast part of the day.
Your average day on the intermittent fast might be something like this: You have a cup a coffee in the morning and at noon your break your fast by having a protein-packed salad with some fresh fruit for dessert. In the afternoon, you might have a healthy smoothie or some dark chocolate and nuts. In the evening you have a glass of red wine with high-caloric dinner.
Who should try Intermittent Fasting?
If you need to lose lots of weight but lack the discipline to follow a low-carb diet then you should give this diet a try. The results might not be as fast as the Ketogenic Diet, but you will see results in a short time.