Your officemate won’t stop raving about it, and one of your friends lost over 15 pounds intermittent fasting. Yet, despite your own attempts following the regimen, you aren’t seeing results. So, what’s the deal? Maybe it’s because you’re making one of these 5 common mistakes. Chances are, they’re probably sabotaging your efforts!
MISTAKE #1: YOU’RE GOING ALL IN TOO QUICKLY
For people used to eating every three hours, intermittent fasting is a major shift from their normal lifestyle. That’s why diving into it headfirst, instead of a toe at a time, can make it feel like an impossible eating pattern to maintain. As a result, people often fall back to their old habits and fail to see results.
THE FIX: If you’re keen on the idea of intermittent fasting, start with an easy option like the 12/12 method where you fast for 12 hours a day and eat within a 12-hour period. It’s probably not a extreme departure from what you’re doing now, and will ease you into the program rather than discourage you.
MISTAKE #2: YOU’RE FOLLOWING THE WRONG EATING PATTERN
Newbies trying to fast can sometimes fall into the trap of choosing an eating pattern that doesn’t suit their schedule, needs, and lifestyle. Take, for instance, a night owl whose committed to stop eating past 6PM. This, like the first mistake, can set anyone up for failure.
THE FIX: That’s why it’s super important to choose an eating pattern that works for you—and luckily, there are plenty of options. (Click here to see a quick overview of the most popular ones.) Once you discover the right fit, you’ll find that it’s easier to maintain and stay disciplined while you fast.
MISTAKE #3: YOU’RE EATING TOO MUCH
One of the joys of intermittent fasting is that you don’t have to restrict your calories as much as other diets require. That being said, many people often go overboard with what they eat. This can get in the way of the whole point of intermittent fasting, and even make you put on weight rather than shed unwanted pounds.
THE FIX: Maybe it’s because you’ve chosen a fasting regimen that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, or maybe it’s because you’re stuffing yourself with whatever you want during the eating window. Regardless, make sure you’re eating enough of the right foods on a fasting program that works for you.
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MISTAKE #4: YOU’RE EATING TOO LITTLE
On the other hand, it’s a mistake to eat too little as well. If you don’t have your fill of healthy calories, you will feel especially hungry during your next fasting period and likely overeat. What’s more, if you don’t have enough to eat in day, it can affect the way you perform on a daily basis.
THE FIX: When it comes to intermittent fasting, it’s imperative to find a tender balance between eating too much and too little. As a rule of thumb, stick to foods that are clean, nutrient-dense, and will keep you stomach full for longer periods. We also recommend seeing your trusted physician to help you map out your nutritional needs.
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MISTAKE #5: YOU’RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER
Many people make the mistake of not only refraining from eating food at certain periods of time, but drinking water, too. Dehydration can lead to muscle cramps, headaches, and extreme hunger pangs—which should be the least of your worries while you’re fasting.
THE FIX: Always keep H20 nearby so you can make sure you’re sipping before, in between, and after feasting. As an added bonus: drinking enough fluids can help keep your tummy satisfied, and prevent fake hunger pangs that come from having little to no water.
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