There are two guidelines for beginning intermittent fasting: (1) Fasting must NOT be stressful but rather enjoyable. (2) Fasting must be easy and flexible.
People who want to practice intermittent fasting (IF) for beginners typically do so for either weight loss, health benefits, or both. Whatever the circumstance, it's important to remember these two formulas:
* Greater complexity + more rules = lower success rates.
* Less regulations + less complexity = greater likelihood of success
A 24 hour fast is incredibly healthy, It helps you lose weight without losing your favorite foods on non-fasting days and, perhaps most importantly, it encourages your body to manufacture more growth hormone. Growth hormone offers numerous anti-aging advantages. And one of the most interesting being is fat burning!
How is intermittent fasting for beginners performed?
In a perfect world, two 24-hour fasting sessions each week would be sufficient to have a major positive impact on one's health and ability to lose weight. But if you're new to intermittent fasting, you shouldn't jump right in with a 24-hour fast unless you're positive you can manage it.
There is no set way to do IF. Just give it a shot and see if it works for you. Make simplicity and adaptability your fasting guiding principles. Avoid adding to your own stress.
As practicing intermittent fasting for beginners, you must put all other weight loss techniques aside and concentrate solely on IF. This is the first step on your journey to IF success. Consider how frequently you have been told that breakfast is the most important meal in a day or you need to eat 6 to 10 small meals a day in order to lose weight. This is not to say that these rules are wrong. If these rules work for you, stay with them. But if you are setting your feet onto the route of intermittent fasting, better put these concepts aside at least for the period you are trying out IF.
Have you prepared your IF mindset?
Start by skipping meals and observe how your body reacts. This is the simplest and most straightforward technique to start practicing intermittent fasting for beginners.
Choose a day to attempt "skipping breakfast" and replace it with fresh juice, water, or tea. If all goes well, try "skipping lunch" and advance gradually. Anyone can fast for a full 24 hours if they have the right mindset. It's a good idea to put eating out of your mind. Over lunch, refrain from chit-chatting in the break room. Take a stroll outside or perform some easy workouts.
You may also consider the following Intermittent fasting for beginners options:
- A smaller window for dining, such as only between 11am and 5pm;
- Skip meal on an unplanned basis, as far as it is natural and not interfere your daily work;
- Skip lunch;
- Eat only one meal a day, preferably dinner when you are at ease and have time to truly enjoy your meal.
To repeat, fasting should be enjoyable and not difficult. Be kind with yourself. Be adaptable. This has major significance. Avoid upsetting your boss by telling him you are fasting when you are invited to a business lunch. As long as your schedule allows it, do it however you see fit.
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