Ever heard of intermittent fasting before?
Intermittent fasting, in a nutshell, is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of fasting and eating. It tells you when you should eat and not what you should eat.
If you’re interested in trying intermittent fasting, I’d recommend you read any of these books first:
- The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting
- Delay, Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle
- The FastDiet – Revised & Updated: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting
And get yourself these:
- 12-Week Intermittent Fasting Fitness Planner – to track your progress
- RENPHO Smart Scale – to measure 13 key metrics including body weight, BMI, body fat%, water %, skeletal muscle, fat-free body weight, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, basal metabolism, Visceral Fat, Subcutaneous Fat, and body age
- Care Touch Skinfold Body Fat Measuring Tape – to help you get the most accurate and snug readings
Now, without further ado, here are the intermittent fasting tips for beginners to start losing weight!
Water is your best friend
When it comes to intermittent fasting, drinking water keeps you rehydrated and feeling fuller throughout the day. Oftentimes, when we feel like we’re hungry, it’s really because we’re thirsty.
If you want to lose weight, keep drinking water. If you don’t like plain water, you can add in lemon or some Mio Drops to enhance your water.
Choose a fast that you’ll succeed at
What do I mean?
To start intermittent fasting, you’ll have to choose a from:
- 5:2 diet – a healthy portion calorie intake for five days and limited calories of about 500 calories on the remaining two days
- eat-stop-eat-diet – fasting for 1 or 2 days a week
- 16:8 pattern – consuming food in an eight-hour window and fasting for 16 hours a day every day
Try the salt trick
When you’re feeling hungry, just dab a bit of salt in your tongue and drink some water.
Eat soluble fiber and keep to a nutritious diet
When you’re not fasting, follow a healthy diet. Try to eat foods high in fiber. Just because you’re intermittent fasting doesn’t mean you should eat whatever you want. This will only hinder the process of intermittent fasting.
Use a time tracker
Use the 12-Week Intermittent Fasting Fitness Planner to track your progress. It helps when you see how far you’ve come with your intermittent fasting. This is one way to get you more motivated.
Fast in the evenings
Fasting in the evenings is easier if you’re just starting since you’ll be asleep most of the time when you’re fasting. For most of your meals, plan to eat them in the middle of the day.
Consult your doctor
Before you start, go consult your doctor if intermittent fasting is for you. It’s better to fast safely than endanger yourself. Intermittent fasting is not for everyone and it’s not something that you should do. It’s only another useful method to cleanse and lose weight.
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