Intermittent fasting is one of the fastest, quickest, and easiest ways to lose weight simply because you can usually keep eating most of what you eat – you just change when you eat.
This did wonders for me when I was trying to lose weight back in the days and this blog post I will be going through five of the most common fasting mistakes that you could make that undo all the good work.
1. You think it’s an exercise to eat rubbish!
Unfortunately, a lot of people think that intermittent fasting is just a magic pill that will solve all their problems. Now, it is one of the most effective tools to take control over your weight but it won’t cancel out eating a very unhealthy diet filled with processed foods such as baked goods, pizza and a lot of sugar.
When you’re intermittent fasting and you get to the eating window – you must remember to nourish your body with great nutrients and whole foods. The reason being the fasting process sees your body breakdown your fat reserves and use them for energy. This is a cleaning, healing and slimming process. No need to fill your body with too much unhealthy food as that is what you’re trying to lose.
2. You calorie restrict during your eating window!
One of the main issues that some people have when they start intermittent fasting is that they continue to try to fast even when they’ve broken the fast.
The whole point of intermittent fasting is to listen to your body and eat until you feel full during your eating window.
Trust me – your body is an amazing machine and if you allow it to do its job properly it will release the hormones to make you feel full. It will let you know when it’s had enough food. If you keep calorie restricting even during your eating window you’re essentially fasting when you’ve broken the fast.
Doing this you’ll probably end up under eating which will cause a lot of unwanted changes in the body and it’s not even sustainable anyways or good for you so listen to your body.
3. You over-train!
If you’ve spent numerous years having a bad diet not really exercising and you’re into trying out intermittent fasting – don’t bite off more than you can chew!
I recommend people interested in intermittent fasting to just start out by fasting.
Ease yourself into it – don’t start exercising the first thing you do.
One of the worst things you can do is to throw yourself out there into a fasting and exercising training regime while your body is trying to get accustomed to you fasting.
Starting to exercise when fasting – the combination can easily lead to a lot of fatigue which will probably have you laying in bed for a week so don’t start training the very first thing you do. Just fast.
4. Obsessing over “eating windows”
In my opinion, one of the greatest benefits to intermittent fasting is that it teaches you to become completely in tune with your body and it allows you to understand your hunger – something that naturally occurs every 16 to 24 hours, not every 4 hours.
The clock shouldn’t dictate when to eat – your body should. If you obsess over your eating windows, you’re just going to end up counting down the hours until you can eat your next meal and you never end up learning your body’s signals.
5. You’re not drinking enough water!
Now, when your body is in the fastest states it starts breaking down fat from your reserves and when it’s doing that it’s extremely important that you drink lots of water. Really, you should be drinking way more water than you usually would. I used to drink about three to four litres every single day most of that during the time I was fasting.
Not only that, I suggest you turn to sparkling water as a substitute for soda because it helps you feel a lot more full which is really important when first getting into intermittent fasting.
Those are the five most common mistakes I’ve encountered when it comes to intermittent fasting. If you need a guide to start off intermittent fasting I highly recommend Eat Stop Eat by Brad Pilon.
It is a great guide if you’re just starting out on your journey. Good luck!