A new review of existing scientific studies confirms the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet, A.K.A keto, and intermittent fasting (IF) for weight loss and improving some health markers. However, people who adhere to one of these diets need to be wary of their nutritional intake.
It’s hard to underestimate the health benefits of keto and IF. For instance, both show effectiveness in fighting diabetes and losing weight. But there’s one possible snare. Both keto and IF allow consuming relatively generous amounts of fat. However, those who follow one of these weight-loss strategies sometimes don’t pay much attention to what type of fats they are eating.
Researchers at National Jewish Health remind us to stay away from unhealthy saturated fats as they often cause cardiovascular issues. You can recognize saturated fats like butter and palm oil by a distinct feature; they are usually solid at room temperature.
Instead, eat healthier fats that come from:
- Olive oils
- Fatty fish
Researchers suggest incorporating a Mediterranean-like diet, which is abundant in fruits, vegetables, grains, and healthy fats, with keto or IF, or even mixing all three, is a perfect solution. They point out that it’s advised to speak with a doctor before starting any new dietary intervention.