Mistakes People Make with Intermittent Fasting
As intermittent fasting becomes more popular, more people are getting involved in the diet. This means more people are making mistakes. People love taking a diet and changing it to suit themselves and while you can do that to a point, be careful that youre not sabotaging yourself and your health.
Eating Too Much Junk Food
Some people choose to eat foods that have no nutritional value during their eating window, instead of giving their body the nutrition it needs. While its true you can eat 1200 calories of Twinkies or 1200 calories of veggies and maintain your weight in both cases, its also true that you will not be healthy eating only Twinkies. You need vitamins and minerals, and the best place to get them from is proper food.
Not Drinking Enough Water
This is a big problem during fasting times as well as eating windows. The main reason is that during fasting times, you just forget that you need to drink. During eating times, you just want to eat. To combat this problem, measure out a days worth of water each morning so that you can see whether youre drinking enough without relying on memory.
Switching Fasting Times Last Minute
So, youve chosen your eating window, and now you realize that youre going to miss out on a party. Well, you wont miss the party, but you will not get to indulge during the party. You could go ahead and change your times, but the truth is, its harder to stick to the diet if you do that. Check your calendar in advance so you can arrange your eating windows better but dont switch last minute; give it a week or so to switch up.
Many people give up too quickly when using intermittent fasting as a weight-loss method. However, if you stick to this plan for at least 90 days, youll start seeing really amazing results in not only your appearance but also your blood work. Give it time.
Some people tend to binge eat during their eating window. No matter how you dice it, though, calories count. You cant eat 10,000 calories during your eating window and lose weight. Its just not scientifically possible. When people say “eat what you want”, they really mean within certain health parameters.
Not Eating Enough Calories
Other people go the opposite way when eating during their window in that they don’t eat enough food. When you are fasting, sometimes a meal will be 1000 calories and may seem quite large and filling, but thats okay. You must get in your minimum number of calories each day to ensure you are healthy.
Making Dangerous Decisions
One of the things people do wrong is that they make strange and dangerous choices. For example, they think fasting is working, so they choose to add another day or shorten their eating window. Instead, focus on sticking to the most studied plans and your health.
The important thing about any type of diet is to ensure that you are healthy enough to do it, both mentally and physically. Some people cannot partake in intermittent fasting because they experience disordered eating which is triggered by fasting. Pay close attention to how your body feels and put your health first.