Intermittent fasting is hot right now in weight loss and wellness circles. That said, while many people who use it properly are seeing fantastic results, that isn’t the case for everyone. It’s easy to misunderstand what is involved with this technique.
Intermittent fasting doesn’t just mean going without eating for a long time to make up for eating however you want. It also comes with certain effects and side effects. If you’re prepared for them, you may not have much of a problem with them. On the other hand, if they take you off guard, they can be discouraging and drain away your motivation to continue.
Understand the Following Before Starting Intermittent Fasting
Talk to your doctor
Nobody wants to go to the doctor. That said, when it comes to intermittent fasting and doing so safely, it’s a step you simply must take. The reason is that as effective as this technique can be when done properly, it’s not for everyone. There are many reasons – including many unexpected ones – that can make this eating style inappropriate. Discuss it carefully with your doctor so you’ll know how to do it properly if it is appropriate for you.
Choose the right intermittent fasting plan for you
There are many solid intermittent fasting strategies. Make sure the one you choose is one you’ve discussed with your doctor and that can work with your life. If it doesn’t suit your lifestyle, you won’t keep it up long enough for it to make a difference over time.
Even if your intermittent fasting plan has very set rules, feel free to build up toward them instead of trying to do it all at once. It could take a few weeks to build up to the full length of the fasting time you’re expected to do. That way, you’ll avoid unwanted symptoms such as low energy, getting hangry, dizziness, headaches, and even overall sadness from not eating.
Don’t expect it to be awful
As long as you choose the right intermittent fasting program and you take it on at the right pace for you, you don’t have to hate it. Since that’s the case, don’t expect to think it will be miserable. For the first while that you practice fasting, it can be rough, but it doesn’t take long for the body to adapt. After that point, you’ll feel much more comfortable with it.
Drink lots of water
Water gives you energy and is a natural appetite suppressant, so stay hydrated!