Are you ready to start your intermittent fasting lifestyle? Intermittent fasting may be the right thing for you if you are looking to lose excess body fat or weight. Before you jump in, it is important to understand how to manage a time-restricted diet. You can make several mistakes with intermittent fasting that will not only ruin your efforts to lose weight but also increase your chances of weight gain.
We’ve compiled a list of the top seven intermittent fasting mistakes, along with tips and tricks for intermittent fasting, that will help you feel more energetic and help you lose weight.
1. The Wrong Fasting Plan
Intermittent fasting is a way to consume all your daily nutrients in a set time and not eat for the rest of the day. Intermittent fasting can seem unusual, especially if it is a change from your usual eating habits. You will be fasting and replacing your three regular meals each day with one of the many intermittent fasting options.
2. After A Fast, You Will Eat More
You’ll feel great after completing your first fast. This pride should not be a reason to indulge in self-indulgence. After a fast, you’re likely to feel hungry. You may even think that the calories you consume after a fast will make up for the calories you have lost.
3. Fasting Is Too Difficult If You Don’t Eat Enough.
Your “feasting period” is the time before you fast. This is because it’s when you eat enough to satisfy your hunger. The hunger hormone, ghrelin signals the brain to eat when you are hungry. When you limit food, your ghrelin levels will increase and intensify. You may feel hungry and low energy when you have high levels of this hormone.
4. You Select Unhealthy Food During Your Feasting Window
Overeating or consuming unhealthy food before or after intermittent fasting is another mistake. Your body will experience the greatest benefits when it fasts, but the foods you eat after or before a fast will be what will fuel your next fast. You won’t get the full benefits from a fast if you eat foods that spike your blood sugar or make you feel full for a short time.
5. You Don’t Drink Enough Water
Did you know that 70% of your body is made up of water? To keep hydrated, your body has high water content. You don’t have to drink all your water. Your daily water intake is approximately 20-30 percent depending on the foods you eat. To make up for the water you have lost through your diet, you should increase your water intake and fast.
6. You Make Poor Lifestyle Choices
Lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on your success in weight loss. Your weight loss success is directly affected by the food you eat, how much sleep you get, as well as your stress levels. You can also plateau your success if you don’t exercise or stay active during fasts.
7. If Your Results Aren’t Immediate, You Give Up
Intermittent fasting is a mistake that can lead to you giving up when you don’t see immediate results. It will take time to lose weight and lose stubborn body fat. After your initial weight loss, you will lose weight and bloat quickly. You can expect to lose one to two pounds per month. Do not be discouraged if you don’t notice rapid weight loss. Studies have shown that a slower pace can lead to greater chances of it returning.