Keto, intermittent fasting, and flexible eating all have one major thing in common when we look at weight loss.
No matter what diet you choose, you lose weight one way and one way only- by creating a calorie deficit!
Now here’s where things become different.
Think of keto, intermittent fasting, and flexible eating as different diets you can go on to lose weight. Although flexible eating is not really a “diet” since it’s something you carry on forever but for the sake of simplicity, let’s call it a diet for now since diets in our mind = weight loss.
No matter which diet you choose to lose weight, you’ll lose weight the same way.. by creating a calorie deficit. One diet is NOT superior to the other at allowing faster fat loss.
It’s like saying you can reach a destination in several different ways. Some routes are bumpier than others.
Finding the right diet for you is key because at the end of the day it HAS to fit your lifestyle. You have to be content with it since weight loss is a journey and takes time.
The difference is the approach you take to get to your destination/goal weight.
You can create a calorie deficit in many different ways:
With keto- you create a calorie deficit by removing carbohydrates.
With intermittent fasting- you create a calorie deficit by eating in a daily timed window of 8 hours.
With flexible eating- you create a calorie deficit by eating ALL foods. Meaning, we aren’t on a low-carb or low-fat diet. We aren’t eating in a timed window. We are achieving a calorie deficit by focusing on our individual macronutrient needs.
As flexible eaters, we keep protein high to prevent muscle loss and create a calorie deficit by cutting a few carbohydrates and a little bit of fat. You are usually on a high protein, moderate carbohydrate, and moderate fat “diet” to achieve this deficit.
Why is this important to bring up? Because I’m here to keep on convincing you that you do not need to cut out all carbohydrates to lose weight. You do not need to fast 16 hours each day. You can reach your destination in an EASIER way and that’s with flexible eating.
The cool thing about flexible eating is that following your daily calorie and protein goals is the most important thing. You do not need to even focus on your carbohydrate or fat goals since it won’t impact your weight loss as long as you are staying within your daily calories for fat loss.
That means you can have days where you are eating a high carb/lower fat diet or days you are eating a high fat/lower carb diet. Having room to be flexible with your diet is so helpful to develop sustainable lifestyle changes.
You may notice on the weekends you prefer a higher carbohydrate diet. Go for it.
You may feel like on the weekdays you prefer a higher fat diet. Cool.
You may want to eat after 8 pm on any given day. Perfect.
It doIt doesn’t matter. This flexibility helps you stay consistent and teaches you the lifestyle you need to keep the weight off!
This is something keto and intermittent fasting can’t do.
Anytime you begin a diet ask yourself- is it sustainable? Can I carry it out forever? Does it make me happy?!