Top 4 Intermittent Fasting Tips for Beginners. Intermittent Fasting is the talk of the fitness industry and has incredible health benefits for your body and brain. If you’re new to intermittent fasting, the first few days might be a bit confusing and strange especially when you skip breakfast. It might even seem impossible. My friend, just take baby steps! Give it a week or so and you will be HOOKED!
Never fasted before? Not a problem! Here are my top 4 intermittent fasting tips for beginners:
- Ease into the 16:8 protocol (16 hours of fasting, 8 hours of eating). Start with a 12-hour fast. Cut off your eating at 7 or 8 pm, then don’t eat breakfast until 12 hours later. Aim to gradually extend your fast by 30 minutes to an hour over a period of several days until you reach the 16-hour mark.
- Stay hydrated. Keep water nearby and try to drink 100 ounces of water each day. Did you know the same signal that tells us we are hungry is the same signal that tells us we’re thirsty? Drink up! Incorporate electrolyte water into your fasting window if needed to help with detox symptoms such as fatigue or headaches.
- Focus on nutrient-dense, whole foods during your eating window to ensure you are fueling your body correctly to sustain you through your fast. Think fruits, vegetables, protein, oats, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds…just to name a few! Stay away from processed food, junk food, and treats. Whole foods are full of micronutrients, antioxidants, fiber, and more. AKA they’re exactly what our bodies need in order to function properly.
- Stay busy! Focus on work and getting things done. Did you know productivity is one of the incredible side effects of Intermittent Fasting?
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Intermittent Fasting isn’t a diet or quick fix. It’s a lifestyle that incorporates periods of eating with periods of withholding food. You do not cut calories, you simply eat them in a shorter window during the day. Learn more about the benefits of intermittent fasting here.
Tish Petty is a busy mom of three who loves food, family, and faith. She is a certified FASTer Way to Fat Loss Coach and committed to sharing her health and wellness journey with other busy moms out there. Follow her journey on IG (@tish.petty) for quick & effective at-home workouts, fat loss tips, and daily motivation.