We are stuck at home and we don’t want to exercise. To lose weight, many people turn to intermittent fasting, but only a few do it successfully. It’s hard not to take a bite of food in the middle of an 18-hour fast.
Try out these tips for a successful fasting:
- Ease into it
If you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t be sudden with it. If you jump right into fasting, you’ll just grow hungrier and more uncomfortable with your new routine. Dietitians recommend that you start slowly; do two to three days of intermittent fasting in the first week, then increase the days in the succeeding weeks.
- Eat when necessary
Of course, you’ll be hungry when fasting, but you shouldn’t feel fatigued. If you experience intense hunger and feel light-headed, eat something. This is your body’s way of telling you that you have low blood sugar.
- Don’t forget to hydrate
Liquids are allowed when fasting so take every opportunity to drink water. You should aim at least two to three liters of water per day. Coffee and tea are allowed, but skip the milk (and sugar!). Tea has to be plain and coffee has to be black!
- Don’t overeat
Just because your 18-hour fast already ended doesn’t mean you can stuff your face full of food. Doing so will just be counterproductive to your weight loss goals. You’ll also end up feeling extremely uncomfortable and bloated after.
- Break your fast slowly
In line with the previous tip, eat slowly after ending your fast. Chew your food well and eat slowly so that your body will be able to process the food.
How’s your intermittent fasting going so far during quarantine? Share your experience with us!