There’s a lot out there on Intermittent fasting, but finding out if this information is trustworthy can be tricky.
Sometimes people can leave out important factors on how to do it properly to ensure your health is still the main priority and not just weight loss.
The good news is this: I have left you lovely readers with some of the most important things to remember when intermittent fasting so you can make sure you are doing it safely.
Choose what type of Intermittent Fasting (IF) suits your lifestyle.
First things first… you need to choose what style of IF you reckon will suit your lifestyle best. I have written quite a bit about this in my other article “Keto IF schedule”
- 16/8 method: This method requires fasting for 16 hours of the day and is one of the styles of IF I would recommend to beginners.
- 20/4, 12/12, 23/1 etc any length of fasting time you feel comfortable doing (preferably longer than 12 hours fasting)
- OMAD( One Meal A Day), 5:2 method (fasting 2 days a week), Eat-Fast-Eat/ Alternate Day Fasting (fasting every second day)
- Your own method – maybe you find to fast every second day during weekdays and take a break from fasting at the weekends. Whatever method works best for you is perfect, you’re still going to get the benefits!
Drink more water.
It goes without saying, water is so important as it flushes out the toxins from the body, and aids in the healing process that happens when you fast.
(There is a fast out there called ‘dry fasting’ but I am personally not a fan and believe it might be too extreme on your body – especially for people new to fasting. )
Make sure you are drinking 1.5L per day – some people need even more depending on their lifestyle.
Have a flask of water near you at all times and you can even add a slice of lemon and an ice cube and you’re good to go.
Herbal teas such as green tea, peppermint tea, etc also count as part of your daily water intake. Stay hydrated people!
Electrolytes. What are they and why do we need them.
Electrolytes, or minerals, are very important in the body and are critical components of bodily function.
They are responsible for looking after cell composition and functionality, Since cells make up everything in the body, if your cells won’t function properly your body won’t either.
They are also responsible for nerve control, pH balance and muscle contractions. Since these essential electrolytes are lost in our sweat and urine, it is vital we keep them topped up in the body
. Taking Apple Cidar Vinegar (ACV), lemon infused water, and pink Himalayan salt will replenish these stores.
Re-feed smart. How to break a fast.
Breaking your fast is just as important as the fast itself because it can cause you to get sick. Choose food that is easily digested and has essential minerals and vitamins.
DO NOT have a big feast after a fast, your digestive system won’t know how to deal with so much food after being used to you fasting and will force you to get sick which, obviously, isn’t very nice.
Eat good foods and introduce your body to them slowly starting off with soft-boiled vegetables, miso soup or bone broth wait a few hours and then eat your meal.
Thanks for reading and happy fasting!
Hopefully the information I have left you here is of benefit to at least some of you guys, if you have any questions at all make sure to leave them in the comment section down below and I’ll make sure to help you out in any ways I can.