We know diet trends come and go, but there are two new weight-loss wonders that seem to have some staying power. Up first is the keto diet, a low-carb, high-fat diet approach that touts weight loss, increased energy, and better blood sugar numbers among its many benefits. You’ve probably also at least heard of intermittent fasting, which cuts down your daily eating window to aid in weight loss (among other health perks).
If both of these diets are really that great, could they be even better together, or could it be too much of a good thing? We turned to a couple of experts to find out if these diets can be done together safely and effectively. But first, a little refresher.
What is the keto diet?
Dr. Anthony Gustin, a functional medicine practitioner and creator of the Perfect Keto supplement line, describes keto as a “high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet.” When you eat this way, your body begins to burn ketones, instead of glucose, for energy. This boosts your body’s ability to burn fat stores, improves symptoms of diet-related conditions like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and improves energy. Basically, you’ll be eating a lot less pizza and oatmeal and a lot more eggs and avocado.