There are a couple of methods you can use to boost your results with the ketogenic diet. The two simplest strategies are (1) using intermittent fasting and (2) adding medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) to your diet.
Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular strategies that people use to accelerate their weight loss. The main mechanism behind intermittent fasting’s benefits is the fact that it restricts our eating window in such a way that we eat fewer calories throughout the day while simultaneously making us feel like we are eating as much as we want. In other words, by using intermittent fasting, you can indulge in a huge meal without increasing the likelihood that you will eat so much that you gain weight.
There are a few approaches that you can try when it comes to intermittent fasting:
- Skipped meals. This is when you skip over a meal to induce extra time of fasting. Usually, people choose breakfast, but others prefer to skip lunch or dinner.
- Eating windows. Usually, this condenses your entire calorie intake between a 4 and 8 hour window. The rest of the time you are fasting.
- 24-48 hour cleanse. This is where you go into extended fasting periods, and do not eat for 1-2 days.
By using these intermittent fasting methods, you will be able to boost your weight loss results and your ketone levels at the same time. If you’d like to take these benefits to the next level, consider adding MCTs to your diet as well.
MCTs are saturated fatty acids that are found in high quantities in coconut oil. This saturated fat is worth mentioning because it is digested quickly and goes directly to the liver, unlike other fats. Once they are in the liver, the MCTs will be converted into ketones and provide you with extra fuel. Because of this extra fuel, you’ll feel less hungry and eat fewer calories at your next meal, leading to more weight loss.
For more information on how to use intermittent fasting and MCTs to boost results, check out our recent article on this topic.