What is the best way to get used to fasting?

The best way to get used to anything is with constant effort and practice!

I must admit that when I started off along the IF journey, it was quite tough but not unpleasant in any way. It takes a little while for the body to adapt to this sudden lack of food whenever its hungry. But for me, the long-term gain was to attempt at healing my immune and digestive system – anything else didn’t seem that important.

What is your intention for Intermittent fasting? Is it for weight control, or something else in particular? Usually, most people want to try IF because they lose weight so quickly, and it’s a lot more of an effortless kind of lifestyle plan than calorie restriction. I actually didn’t lose weight until the 3-month mark, because my body was under a lot of inflammation. This was the perfect solution for me, although it’s a work in progress.

I’ve come across many things to make it even more pleasant and smooth running when fasting. I’d like to share those strategies with you and perhaps it will give you some relief and make it a daily routine.

5 ways to make fasting more effortless and enjoyable

  1. Always have a reason why you are doing something.
    The best thing you can do, is set goals for yourself. It can be for health or just to lose weight. No right or wrong here, but having an intention is very important when it comes to sticking with the plan. I find that the clearer my intention and goals are, the easier it is to stick with the everyday grind.
  2. Always eat enough to sustain you through fasting.
    This is where a lot of people go wrong. You do have to eat regularly, and as you normally would, but if you are extremely active, you need to keep this factor in mind. Underfeeding yourself on any fat loss plan is detrimental and very unpleasant. When I mention eating enough, I’m referring to your protein, vegetable, fat and complex carbohydrate intake. Google will always give you a standpoint figure for each one, but I would highly recommend you experiment yourself and see how much you can consume. Make protein you primary and most important macro for tissue repair and satiety during your fast.
  3. Drink lots of water.
    Because our stomach is empty, we can rehydrate ourselves a lot more than when we are eating. This makes elimination of toxins a lot easier. Fasting is very much like an internal cleanse, and fluid helps the process along. Don’t forget, you can drink black coffee, tea and herbal teas to switch it up. I like to drink mineral water with a wedge of lemon or lime when the temperatures are high.
  4. Keep your mind occupied and keep active.
    It may be hard to distract yourself from the hunger sometimes. When you exercise, your focus is on something else, rather than a grumbling stomach. Try getting outdoors or immerse yourself in an important project you have. You will have a lot more clarity of mind when you fast. It’s hard to explain to those that haven’t experienced it, therefore, when you progress for a few months with fasting, it will happen for you. I find that my focus and attention is very sharp when I’m fasting, and I use it to my advantage by getting through tasks.
  5. Download an app for your phone that makes it easier.
    I really love this part of fasting, as I can monitor my hours and see just how many people are fasting at the same time. You would be pleasantly surprised at how many people actually fast on a daily basis. This keeps me motivated, as I can clearly see how many fasts, and pick alternate hours when It’s appropriate. It’s a lot easier than keeping numbers in your head, and yes, as a big kid, it’s nice to get those reward badges when you’ve completed a certain number of fasts – it’s human nature to still enjoy the rewards system, even as an adult.

Hopefully this has been useful for you and provided a few steps that may help fasting become a way of life for you. It takes a bit of time and patience, but the fasting rewards are worth it. Feel free to keep in touch via my website or join me on fb and insta social. Please feel free to upvote this answer if it has been useful in some way to you.

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