Intermittent Fasting Do’s and Don’ts

Intermittent Fasting (IF) isn’t just a trendy diet and can actually be harmful to your overall wellness goals if done incorrectly.

What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?

IF is more about when you eat rather than what you eat. It’s been around for a while, and it involves splitting your day into fasting periods and eating windows. Let’s say you follow the 16:8 method, where you fast for 16 hours and eat within an 8-hour window. Usually, people start eating around noon and finish their last meal by 8 PM.

How Can IF Benefit Me in My Health & Wellness Goals?

The following are ALL  benefits of IF if done correctly:

Boost in Energy: You tend to feel more energized.

Sharper Mind: Many folks report increased mental clarity.

Cravings Reduced: You might find yourself craving fewer snacks.

Improved Sleep: Better quality shut-eye for some.

Better Digestion: It can help your stomach settle down.

Weight Management: Some find it helpful for keeping a check on weight.

IF basically helps your body switch gears from burning sugar to burning fat for energy. It can also help facilitate fat burning, increasing insulin sensitivity (which can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes), and boosting your immunity.

How Can It Be Done Wrong?

There are several ways that can you can participate in IF and actually do more harm than good.  IF is not simply “skipping a meal.”

Picking the Wrong Method: Not every fasting schedule suits everyone.

Rushing In: Some folks dive into fasting without easing into it.

Overdoing It: Extending fasting hours more than necessary.

Not Hydrating Enough: Water is crucial, especially during fasting.

Breaking the Fast Wrong: Consuming things that break the fasting state.

Eating Imbalances: Not eating enough or overeating during the eating window.

Additional Important Factors

Eating Satisfaction: It’s crucial to eat until you are satisfied during the eating window.

Avoiding Binging: Steer clear of overeating once you break the fast.

Being Mindful of Food Choices: What you eat and how much matters.

Balancing Exercise: Too much exercise with fasting can stress the body.

Flexibility: Being flexible with your fasting schedule helps make it sustainable.

Prioritizing Sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for making IF work.

The key is having a plan and being aware of the potential pitfalls. 

If you want to learn how to intermittent fast the proper way, I would love to invite you to join my next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss where I will walk you through all of these principles.   Register for my next round HERE!

**I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing this on your own long term without tracking macros. It is important that you have a purpose, a plan, and a guide.

* As always, before you try fasting, consult with your doctor.

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