After dabbling in intermittent fasting (IF) for over six months, I’ve experienced some tremendous benefits including weight loss, improved digestion, increased mental clarity, better sleep, and getting a handle on my sugar cravings. But it wasn’t without making a few errors along the way. If you’re thinking about trying intermittent fasting, avoid these mistakes.
Choosing the Wrong Plan
There are so many different forms of intermittent fasting, so be sure to choose the one that works with your schedule, needs, and lifestyle. One type called 5:2 involves eating 500 calories a day (600 calories for men) twice a week. If you have a demanding full-time job, an active family, and an intense workout routine you want to stick to, eating that few calories will feel impossible on those days. So the 16:8 plan, where you fast for 16 hours every day, will probably be easier to maintain; it allows you to just skip breakfast and have a feeding window from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Do your research and choose an IF plan that makes the most sense for you so you’re able to stick with it.
Doing Too Much Too Soon
If you’re the kind of person who’s used to eating every two hours and needs to eat first thing in the morning, give your body time to adapt. Allowing time to get used to this new eating protocol is optimal to your success. Start with a simple 12-hour fast where you stop eating at 8 p.m. and start eating at 8 a.m. the next day. Gradually extend your fasting window 30 minutes every one to three days, until you’ve reached your goal.
The same applies to your exercise routine. While your body is getting used to not eating in the morning, you might not be able to stick with your usual morning workouts. You may find better success moving your workouts to a time…
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