#GetYourLife: How To Start Intermediate Fasting
“Please note I’m not a health care professional, I’m hardly a fitness blogger. This is simply how I got ready.”
So you want to stat intermediate fasting huh? Well, so did I but I had no idea what it was, or really how to do it. I did a lot of research and got an app to help me stick to it and I’ll explain all of that in this article.
What is intermediate fasting?
Basically, it’s giving your self a certain amount of time to eat and then fasting, like creating an eating pattern. For example when you ake up in the morning and you skip breakfast and don’t eat until 12 pm “lunchtime”. Then you eat dinner and close the kitchen at 8 pm repeating the same pattern every day. You can also move the times to fit your needs but this time is used for example purposes.
My eating times change every day and then there are days where I don’t eat for an entire day. I’m on a specialized diet because I want to lose weight quickly so I can stick to it. I’m an instant gratification girl when it comes to dieting if I don’t see results quickly I quit.
But how did I get ready?
I spoke to my doctor first.
I asked her pretty bluntly if I needed to lose weight. I recently gained a lot of weight and I liked it but it’s getting a bit too much. I didn’t know how much weight I really needed to lose so I spoke to my doctor, only about 20 pounds, totally doable. She recommended the I try diet an exercise just an overall healthy lifestyle change and I agreed.
I started meal prepping and eating smaller meals.
I looked into smaller healthier meals I could eat. I don’t like reheating breakfast or really eating breakfast unless I have a taste for it. I also wanted to eat more greens so I prepped meals that had a lot of veggies in them. Since I could eat at certain times I wanted to make sure they were the healthiest meals and low calories.
I started drinking more water and tea.
I got a reusable water bottle and instead of taking sips to just wet my throat I would try drinking the entire bottle and then refill it. The water, of course, fills you up and it got my body rehydrated it also got me used to filling up on water and not food. Tea is also a good appetite suppressant and it’s relaxing.
I practiced Self Hypnosis
I meditated on it. I practiced self-hypnosis to prepare myself for the lifestyle change. It’s a lifestyle change something that I want to do long term. Not fasting for a full day but closing the kitchen at 8 pm so my food can fully digest before I go to bed. I’m used to snacking at 12 am if I’m hungry, or just bored so it has to be dedicated.
To help me along because I’m not the best at tracking time I use an app called body fast. It helps you keep track of your fasting times or when you can and cannot eat. You can select different plans to fit your needs as well as customize your times when you can eat. I recommend it (they’re not paying me) if you need help to keep track of times. You can do the coach if you like but you don’t have to I don’t and it still works great.
I’ve been intermediate fasting for about a week or so now and the swelling has gone down in my belly, it’s looking a lot flatter, as well as my face. My metabolism has sped up a little and did I say I don’t get bloated as much? I like it, it’s not as easy as it sounds especially when you’re up late and see all those food commercials but it’s worth it.
Would you try it or if you’ve done it before what are some of your tips on fasting?