So many of us have a few extra pounds to lose, and lately two ways of eating have earned a lot of attention for their ability to help followers slim down fast: the keto diet and intermittent fasting. Both approaches to eating can help you drop weight quickly and may offer additional health benefits. But what about combining the two?
What Is Keto? Cathy Leman, a registered dietitian nutritionist and founder of Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer, a nutritional consulting firm based in greater Chicago that’s aimed at helping breast cancer patients and survivors, explains that a classic keto diet is a “high fat, adequate protein, low-carbohydrate diet designed to produce ketosis through mimicking the metabolic changes of starvation. Keto diets force the body to use fat as its primary source of energy.”
The keto diet has been around since the 1920s, first developed to manage seizures in children with epilepsy, says Kacie Vavrek, a sports dietitian at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus. While there’s ample evidence that the diet can be a life-changing intervention in some individuals with epilepsy that don’t respond to other treatment interventions, “we do not have evidence that keto is effective or safe long term for anything other than epilepsy.”
Excerpted from wtop news