Written by Stephen Anton PhD on January, 15th 2022
Over the past decade, both intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet have garnered increasing attention and become very popular. And for good reason!
There are millions of people who have experience dramatic health improvements and fat/weight loss with both approaches. This tells us that there is not necessarily a right or wrong choice, but rather a right or wrong choice for you. And the only way to know this is by experimenting a bit with the two types of dietary patterns. By having an open mind, you will figure out what and when you prefer to eat and which eating pattern works best for you.
Before, we compare and contrast the two approaches, we first need to clarify what we mean by “intermittent fasting” and “the ketogenic diet”.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
In general, intermittent fasting is a broad term to describe an extended period of time period, typically 14 hours or longer, during which calories from food or beverages are not consumed (black coffee black and unsweetened teas are generally okay). When this occurs on a daily basis, this is called ‘time restricted eating’ and is what most people think of when they hear the term intermittent fasting . There are many other types of intermittent fasting approaches but this is the most popular and the one we will focus on today.
During the daily eating window, there are generally not specific instructions on the amount or specific types of foods