Want to start the keto diet but afraid of a long-term low-carb commitment? Cyclical keto dieting (CKD) may be just the thing for you! After all, results shouldn’t come at the cost of your quality of life, and the keto diet is all about improving your quality of life through health.
The Cyclical Keto Diet allows for more diet flexibility by encouraging dieters to enjoy 1-2 high carb days per week. For example, you may go 5 to 6 days in a state of ketosis, and then choose to make Saturday and Sunday your high-carb, low-fat days.
What are the benefits?
No diet is a one-size-fits-all diet. CKD gives you the opportunity to try the keto diet out for several days while also permitting more leniency. You may find that 5 days of keto and 2 days high-carb works perfectly for you, or maybe 4 or 6 days of keto work best for you. At the end of the day, CKD lets you:
- Tailor your diet to your personal or social needs
- Allow for more flexibility and less restriction
- Refill your muscle glycogen stores
What are the disadvantages?
Since the keto diet is about using ketones for fuel instead of glucose, you’ll essentially be taking a break from your fat burning state to fuel your body and brain with glucose. That’s why we’re only doing 1-2 days of a high-carb intake. The benefits of keto should outweigh the temporary flexibility of your high-carb days.
If you’re willing to pause your state of ketosis for a day or two to allow for more flexibility, then CKD may be perfect for you.