In case you’re not familiar, Intermittent Fasting is an eating plan that incorporates at least 12 hours of fasting each day. Some people choose to go a few days without food, while others are content to stick to 12 hours.
Intermittent Fasting can be a very healthy and a convenient way to eat.
There are many health benefits from Intermittent Fasting, including weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, better control of blood sugar, reduced inflammation and the list goes on.
Although OMAD (One Meal A Day) is extreme, there are nutritionists that believe it’s not necessary for adults to eat 3 meals per day every day to be healthy.
As a plus, fasting also allows the bodies enzyme system to focus on detoxifying and breaking down toxins in the body quickly and efficiently without the task of digesting heavy foods.
Consider these tips to get you started and to stay on track:
1. Begin fasting after dinner. An easy way to inch into intermittent fasting is to call it quits after eating dinner. Assuming you eat dinner around 7:00PM, then it’s only a few hours until bedtime. If you wake up at 6:00 in the morning, you’ve already fasted for 11 hours.
2. Experiment with different eating/fasting schedules. 16 hours of fasting daily, 24 hours fast once or twice a week, eating during the week and fasting on the weekends, eating one meal per day OMAD, and the list goes on. There are plenty options available. Start with whatever appeals to you and experiment. If it’s not your cup of tea, switch schedules.
3. A narrow eating window could make it a challenge to consume enough food. OMAD is a viable option for many people, but it can be difficult to ingest all the calories and nutrients needed to be healthy and maintain your body weight.
● If you are a beginner, then consider giving yourself at least 8 hours to eat each day.
4. Stay busy. If you reduce the number of meals you eat each day, you’ll be surprised by the extra time you have available. You might also discover that eating is psychologically soothing when you have idle time. One of the best ways to handle both issues is to stay busy. Make plans to use the extra time wisely!
5. Drink water freely. Just because you’re not eating as frequently doesn’t mean you can’t drink water until your heart’s content. Water is the best beverage to consume on an intermittent fast.
6. Quantity still matters. You might be cutting down on your meal frequency and the number of calories you consume each day, but that doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you like. The quantity of food you put into your body still matters. In fact, it could matter even more now in order to get your necessary nutrition.
7. View the fasting period as a rest for your mind and body. Fasting is more challenging if you view it as a sacrifice. You’re actually doing something wonderful for your mind and body. It’s restful, rejuvenating, and healthy.
8. Exercise. You can exercise and you should. Your body requires exercise to stay strong, fit, and healthy. Create an exercise schedule that include strength training and light cardio.
9. Plan out your meals. One of the best tips for staying on track is planning out what you’re going to eat and when. Make plans for following day right after you’ve had dinner. You’ll be full and satisfied and more likely to make smart and balanced food choices.
10. Prepare for some challenges. Have you ever noticed how the family dog knows when it’s dinner time? His body tells him that it’s time to eat. Your body does the same thing. It’s used to eating at a certain time. It will take some time for your body to adjust. Just keep trying.
Intermittent Fasting is an incredibly healthy way to eat. There are a variety of eating plans, but don’t let that intimidate you. Provided that you’re going at least 12 hours without food each day, you’ll see the results and a lot of benefits. Do a little more research, consult with your physician and try Intermittent Fasting for yourself.