Get a jump start on Intermittent Fasting
A flying start in weight loss with intermittent fasting.
In a previous blog we already dwelled around the principle of intermittent fasting. It is important to choose the right protocol that suits your body. Learn to listen to your body and give intermittent fasting a chance.
Patience. That is what you will need during intermittent fasting. It is not a quick diet where you immediately lose a few pounds, but rather a way of life and awareness. Therefore, don't set your goals sky-high from the start, but listen to your body to see what feels good to it.
If your goal is mainly to lose a lot of pounds, you'll quickly tend to eat little during your eating window. Don't do that! That way, you'll only get hungrier and you won't be able to keep it up for long. So you need to make peace with yourself first and then make healthy and sensible choices during Intermittent Fasting.
Try these things to see what it does to your body:
- Try skipping a meal. You can consciously write this in your calendar or see it at the time. Imagine you went to a restaurant in the afternoon and are not hungry in the evening, then you can skip the meal and see how you feel about it.
- Try to postpone your meal. The best way to test this is with your breakfast. Postpone your breakfast 2 to 3 hours after you wake up and only eat if you really feel hungry. That way you'll be less likely to feel hungry afterwards and you'll automatically eat less during your other meals.
- Sport on a empty stomach. For some people this will probably be contradictory, but try to take it one step at a time. Even if you only go for a 15-minute walk, it's still a start. You can then build that up slowly as time goes on.
Don't lose sight of your nutritional pattern
Most people eat 3 full meals a day. But what about when you suddenly go from 3 to 2? There isn't really a golden rule for making that happen. The most important thing is that you do a little searching yourself what works best for you and your body. However, it will normally be the case that you will increase your portions proportionally, paying attention to the right nutrients your body needs. If you want to consume another snack such as a smoothie between your lunch and dinner, it is better not to increase your portions.
Keep these things in mind.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of sufficient nutrients. The fact is that the longer you stick with IF, the less hungry you will feel. Therefore you will have the tendency to eat less or to eat more unhealthy things during your eating window and you may not get enough nutrients to function properly. It is therefore very important that you still eat normally so that you can get through the rest of your day without discomfort. The biggest consequence of not getting enough healthy nutrients? Less sensitive to insulin, storing fats when you really want to burn them, fatigue and stress.
Is it for everyone?
The answer is no. You better not doing intermittent fasting if you are underweight and/or used to have an eating disorder. In addition, you should contact a doctor first if you have a medical condition.
What does this include?
- Problems with your blood sugar
- Low blood pressure
- Use of medication
- If you're trying to get pregnant or are effectively pregnant are
- Problems with your menstrual cycle
- If you are breastfeeding
A way of life
Intermittent fasting is therefore not a diet that you apply temporarily, but it is really a way of life. The idea is that you make peace with your body and that you only eat when you are hungry and not because you should. In addition, it is extremely important that you do get the right and sufficient nutrients during your eating window and achieve your daily total..