How can you Make Intermittent Fasting a Part of Your Lifestyle?
Intermittent Fasting, or IF, is a large part of my FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Bootcamps and the method that has led to many of my clients’ success. What is it exactly? Intermittent Fasting is simply not eating for a specific amount of time. This might mean a full 24 hour fast followed by a regular calorie day, or shortening your eating window during the day time to allow your body to rest and repair itself before digesting food again.
It is NOT a low calorie diet! Instead, we focus on ensuring our bodies get all of the nutrients it needs within the feeding window we have set forth for ourselves.
In the past, you’ve probably been told that not eating will slow your metabolism. This is not the case with IF! You will eat, and you will eat a lot. By fasting, we are allowing our bodies to focus on healing the body. The functions of the body that allow us to grow muscle and burn fat can focus upon that, while also simultaneously decreasing our insulin resistance, reducing our cholesterol levels, and reducing inflammation.
How can you make this approach a part of your lifestyle? Today, I would like to share a few tips that have helped me in my journey towards losing fat, but also at times where I am striving to maintain.
Ease in! It can be tricky and take time to retrain our bodies! This might mean that instead of fasting from dinner time at 7pm to 11am the next morning for a full 16 hour fast, you fast until 7am for 12 hours. Once you feel comfortable with this, challenge yourself to fast for 13, then 14, 15, and finally 16 hours. The goal is to train our bodies to work efficiently and repair itself, not feel as though it is starving and leading to overeating later!
Drink plenty of fluids. The best way to hydrate our bodies during a fast is with water! Before you break your fast, be sure to have made the time to have drank plenty. This will help with the hunger pangs, and it will give you another thing to focus on. If you are one to drink a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, please do so! Just ensure that it is black coffee or tea without any added cream, sugar, or other flavorings and your main source of fluids becomes water soon after!
Plan ahead! Since you are shortening your feeding window, what will you do throughout the rest of your day to ensure your body is getting everything it needs? Will you break your fast with a salad filled with protein, fats, and carbs? Will you opt for a protein shake? Planning ahead gives you something to look forward to, but it also ensures that you are not creating the habit of withdrawing necessary nutrients from your diet and will ensure that IF becomes a lifestyle, rather than a fad!
Have a positive mindset! It is easy to dwell on the fact that you are hungry or you have three hours left until you can dive into that honey mustard salad you prepped the night before. Instead of thinking of what you can’t do or can’t have, think of what you are doing for your body! You are giving it time to heal and grow. You are ensuring you stay hydrated. You are exercising to promote muscle building and heart endurance. You are becoming a healthier you!
Intermittent Fasting can be tricky to introduce to your lifestyle at the beginning. However, with practice and these tips I feel it easily becomes a must-have method in any health and wellness journey. If you would like to learn more of the basics of how to incorporate this in to your daily life and have continuous support, check out my next FASTer Way to Fat Loss Bootcamp! I’d love to work with you!