Actress Halle Berry is combining the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting, but is that the best way to be healthy?
Keto is the latest diet trend to sweep the nation. The low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet keeps you think my tricking your body into eating fat for energy rather than free sugars in the blood. It used to be just a means of treating kids with epilepsy, but now anyone can do it to achieve their dream bod.
One celeb that swears by the diet is Halle Berry, the Academy Award-winning actress who not only stays trim thanks to keto but also uses it to control her type 2 diabetes.
On her #FitnessFridays Instagram Story page, Berry says she also combines ket with another trendy diet: intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting is just like it says on the tin: you just stop eating intermittently. The idea is to mimic what ancient humans would have had to deal with back in their hunter-gatherer days when hunting parties would go out in search of game and sometimes have to go a day or two before making a kill.
Mimicking the diet isn’t too hard. You usually just don’t eat once or twice a week. Berry switches that up a bit: “I normally eat two meals a day,” Berry told her followers. “I normally skip breakfast and I sort of fast and I do my green drink or I do my bullet coffee.”
There are quite a few possible benefits to intermittent fasting, which can include decreased risk of heart disease, cancer, improved cholesterol, more stable blood sugar, and of course, help with weight loss.
Not eating and weight loss kinda go hand in hand, after all.
That’s not to say there aren’t any downsides. Fasting can make you pretty hunger, and if you think that it’s an excuse to binge eat on snacks the following day, think again. It can also be dangerous for people with diabetes, low blood pressure, or if you have any sort of eating disorder.
But is it healthy to combine intermittent fasting and keto? “Technically there is no reason intermittent fasting and keto can't be combined,” says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass in an interview with Health.com. “Because a keto diet tends to reduce hunger, many people feel it’s easier to stick with intermittent fasting when following a keto plan.”
That said, there isn’t much medical literature on combining keto and intermittent fasting, and not eating for a day can lead to a nutrient deficiency if you’re not careful. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if it works for you as it does for Berry, then stick with it.