Fasting tips

Allow time for quality sleep.

Everyone is different but work on making sleep a priority in your life. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, here are 12 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight.

Move your body.

There’s no need to overdo it here, especially if you’re just getting started, but you might lift some light weights, do a kettlebell workout or go for a gentle walk. The important thing is to move your body and do something you enjoy! Find Your Trainer (Fyt) has an awesome deal going on right now! You can get a 14 day FREE trial of Fyt Duo – their digital 1-on-1 personal training experience. They design an individualized fitness plan based completely on YOU – your current goals, health status, lifestyle, etc. Plus, their trainers are all NCAA accredited and you can work out anywhere you choose, (including your living room).

Stay busy and be productive.

You may find your most productive time is during your fast. This has been my experience. In fact, I’m writing this article while fasting. In the early days when you’re first starting out you may find yourself a little more distracted while you adjust to this new way of living. If so, consider taking up a new hobby, writing in a gratitude journal, or calling a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Want our FREE fasting download that’ll show you Why Fasting Is Easier Than Dieting? Simply click the link below.

Be flexible and expect ups and downs.

This is normal, just like the ups and downs in life. So focus on relaxing through these times and remember this too shall pass. Get outside if possible and do something you enjoy to relieve stress. Fasting isn’t easy (at first) but is sure does simplify your life. In the meantime, learn all that you can about IF and focus on all the positive healthy changes you’re making for yourself. Need some inspiration for your fasting lifestyle? Get 42 powerful intermittent fasting quotes to motivate you. Related: 10 Ways To Relieve Stress And Anxiety

8 Intermittent Fasting Schedule Examples

Please note in the below schedule that you can drink black coffee, tea, and water as much as you want. I just left that out for simplicity’s sake.

Try Intermittent Fasting for at least 3 or 4 weeks.

This gives your body time to adapt to the new timing schedule. It also gives you a fair amount of time to examine the benefits and decide if you want to continue. Here’s a quick TikTok video about the benefits of fasting.

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I suggest gradually increasing the amount of time you’re fasting each day until you reach your goal. Below is a rough example for someone who wants to follow a 16:8 IF plan. This means you would ultimately be fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. This shows how you could transition into the 16:8 lifestyle within a weeks’ time. This is a fairly quick transition to the new meal schedule in my opinion. Transitioning to the fasting lifestyle took longer for me, but I was dealing with severe hypoglycemia symptoms on top of chronic Lyme disease so I took it pretty slow in the beginning as my body adjusted. You could do it slower if you wanted also. It’s totally up to you. Related: How Intermittent Fasting Cured My Hypoglycemia

Be aware of portion sizes.

Chew your food slowly and savor the flavors. When you practice intermittent fasting regularly your body is better able to absorb the nutrients in your food. So don’t worry about trying to eat more to make up for the meals you missed. It’s not necessary. Just make sure that what you eat is nutritious. LATEST POSTS

Break your fast with healthy food.

Wondering what to eat when you’re fasting? Make sure you break your fast with plenty of nourishing real food. And stay away from processed junk food and sugar as much as possible. Focus on eating plenty of

  • fresh vegetables
  • fruits
  • nuts and seeds
  • lean protein like grass-fed beef, fish, and vegetable protein
  • healthy fats such as nut and seed butter, olive oil, and avocados
  • leafy greens
  • cruciferous veggies like cauliflower and broccoli
  • unrefined whole grains, like quinoa, amaranth, millet, and wild rice (unless you’re strictly keto) Related: 20 Proven Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health

Start your fast after dinner.

This is the easiest time for most people to start fasting because this means that you’ll be sleeping for the majority of the fast. There’s no reason to make it hard on yourself, right? So enjoy a delicious, healthy dinner, then start your fast. Going to bed feeling satisfied will help you sleep better and you’ll be fasting while you catch all the zzz’s.

Drink green tea and coffee during your fast.

Black coffee and plain teas, like this green tea, are perfect. If you want to add all-natural Stevia that’s okay too. Just avoid sugar and creamers because of the added calories. Also, try to avoid fruity teas because they can contain added sugars that could break your fast. For more on this be sure to check out What Is Clean Fasting And How Does It Work. Caffeine naturally suppresses the appetite so that’s an added benefit. Related: The Effects Of Caffeine On The Body: Pros And Cons Here are some high-quality teas to try.