Intermittent fasting has a lot of great benefits for your health, such as weight loss, better digestion, better mental clarity, better sleep, and – many people report – no more sugar cravings. However, if you have been practicing intermittent fasting for some time and still have not seen any results, it may be due to a few common errors you are making along the way.
Mistake #1: Not Eating Enough
Often when fasting, our hormones are regulated in such a way that we often don’t feel that hungry. And, if we do decide to eat, we feel full after only a small portion. However, eating too little one day might cause you to be hungrier the next and you might break your fast as a result. Always try to consume at least 1200 calories a day.
Mistake #2: Not Eating the Right Food
Unlike most diets, intermittent fasting allows you to have a little more freedom in your food choices. That being said, you should still eat healthily. Fasting alone won’t help you lose weight if you’re still eating massive amounts of sugar and carbs. Try to maintain a balanced diet full of proteins, healthy fats, fiber, and other good nutrition.
Mistake #3 Giving Up
Most people underestimate the amount of discipline it takes to maintain a diet of intermittent fasting. You will need to take time to get used to the change and not get discouraged. The first couple of days are the hardest and you may feel hungrier than usual, but know that these feelings will pass soon. Don’t give up!
Mistake #4: Choosing the Wrong Eating Plan
There are many different ways to practice intermittent fasting. You must make sure the plan you choose is the right one for you and your lifestyle, otherwise, you could fail before you really get a chance to start. One of the easiest intermittent fasting plans is the 16:8 plan where you fast for 16 hours every day and leave yourself an 8-hour window from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to eat.
One of the greatest benefits of intermittent fasting is that you can sit down to full meals during your eating window, without having to worry about counting calories. For the most part, you can eat whatever you like. However, if you overeat, then you won’t be much better than before you started the diet. Try the 5:2 plan if you find you are overeating – eat 50o calories a day 2 times a week.
In general, intermittent fasting is easy, but it takes discipline in order to succeed. Always make sure you do lots of research and talk to your doctor or nutritionist before getting started to prepare yourself to avoid possible setbacks.