Top 5 tips to guide you through intermittent fasting – long term

My fasting journey started with getting back to better health. I do trust that life experience will be more beneficial than a textbook approach. In terms of lifestyle, I think experience surpasses stats and figures, although they do serve a purpose when we are explicitly talking about a health issue.

Let me tell you a bit about my intermittent fasting journey.

During the first couple of weeks, I did go through a transition period of the highs and lows of detoxification, from burning sugars for energy, moving more towards stored fat to fuel my day to day bodily functions, and training output. This was initially difficult to handle, but I did keep pushing on. It most certainly helps to have a “fasting buddy” with whom you can bounce symptoms and ideas. This makes things a lot more comfortable, manageable, and fun. I love to be able to speak with someone regularly who resonates with the journey. You will find that those who have not tried fasting, or think it’s a diet fad, will diminish your enthusiasm, causing you to second guess your time efforts. Please ignore them and pursue your own health goals as you wish.

The hunger factor

In the beginning, hunger is very hard to ignore and can leave you feeling very low in energy as well as sometimes talking ourselves into eating when we are just slightly hungry. The truth is, we have mismanaged our hunger and fullness cues for a long time. It tends to become a habit when you snack and eat at the same time, daily. The body automatically responds to this trigger, bringing on those hunger pains at the same time. Intermittent fasting does have the ability to curb your hunger, over the long term, triggering the need for fuel only when it is necessary, not when you have automatically triggered your body to eat. This alone is a massive factor that causes weight gain now, and as we age. With intermittent fasting, you stop eating at a particular time, allowing your body to do the work it needs in terms of healing damaged cells, decreasing inflammation, and the essential thing, shrinking those hunger bangs. When you start to get into a routine, you will wonder why you can’t seem to overeat anymore, and that the feeling and need is no longer showing itself. What a marvellous feeling, to be eating less, but not experience those ghastly symptoms dieters always have

The energy factor

When I first started fasting, I found I was more tired and felt that I needed to sleep during the day. Our bodies transition from one fuel source to another, and does put our bodies through a little bit of an uncomfortable feeling. This does not last forever, and you can expect your workouts to be more energetic, and your strength will go through the roof. I do expect some PB from you when taking fasting daily. This includes when you are training and have been fasting for more than 18 hours. Yes, it is possible, and I can be a testament to that one! Watch your energy levels sore, and your concentration and focus heighten.

These are my top 5 tips to guide you through intermittent fasting, long term.

  1. Find a fasting/s buddies. It’s always easier to bounce ideas back and forth with fellow fast buddies and encourage one another along the way.
  2. Download a free app on fasting, which will tally your hours, and give you some rewards for your effort (stickers or overall points which is always helpful for those of us that are big kids and like to view our progress)
  3. Pre-prepare your healthy foods in advance all the time. Don’t leave things up to chance. Make sure you prepare your healthy meals as much as you can, so all you need to do is grab and go. Life, work, family and many other things seem to get in the way, but you do need to make time for your health. All this starts in the comfort of your own home – in the kitchen.
  4. Be flexible. You may not be able to fast every single day, due to work, family or life issues. This is perfectly fine. One day will not harm you; it will increase your fat-burning capabilities even more. The body does need a break, whether it’s short phases of fasting or a whole day in your week where you can eat those three meals.
  5. Use the 20, 18, 17, 12, 15 methodology daily. This means that you structure your fasting by allocating different windows of fasting time. You swap and change each day, so your body does not become accustomed to the same routine. This means that you will always get results, no matter how long you have been fasting. Do push through those 20-hour fasts, as they are a fantastic tool to trigger stubborn fat. Fasting helps to provide you with immense mental clarity and focus! This is why so many business people structure their most pressing tasks on days where they fast for prolonged periods. It works wonders! Try it out.

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