Intermittent Fasting for Beginners

When I first started talking about intermittent fasting in my free Facebook group, Wellness and Weight Loss, many members freaked out!  I get it.  Fasting sounds scary.  So let me start this post by saying that intermittent fasting is NOT starving yourself.  Intermittent fasting is eating in a window versus eating all day long.

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO INTERMITTENT FASTING

For years I believed that you were supposed to eat every 2-3 hours.  I meal prepped like a crazy person and my entire day revolved around the next time I’d be putting calories into my body.  My insulin levels spiked and dipped like crazy and I constantly found myself getting hangry if I had gone too long without a carbohydrate.  After adding a third baby, a new business, and lots of extra traveling to my life, I knew I needed a change.  I was far too busy to spend each and every day focused on food.  That’s when I introduced myself to the world of intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is when you consume all of your daily calories within a certain window.  I personally love the 16:8 method which means I fast for 16 hours and eat within an 8 hour window.  On a typical day, I’ll eat my first meal at noon and I won’t eat after 8pm.

What does Intermittent Fasting do for your Body?

Intermittent fasting allows your body to dip into glycogen stores so that you can start burning stored fat.  Your body burns carbs, then protein, then fat.  If you’re eating every two hours, you never give your body the chance to start burning fat.  Fasting for 16 hours allows your body start to burn stubborn fat like muffin tops, chubby thighs, and love handles, and gives your body time to repair itself.

But what if I get Hungry?

The first thing you need to know about fasting is that it’s not as hard as it sounds.  It might take a little practice and a little time for your body to get used to this new way of eating, but I promise you won’t be starving.  For beginners, I typically recommend starting off slow.  Start by cutting out breakfast, then cutting out your morning snack.  Keep shortening your eating window little by little until you are practicing the 16:8 method.

What can you have During the Fast?

Water – add some pink himalyan salt. It helps curb your appetite and replenishes minerals and electrolytes.

Coffee – you can add stevia, but make sure it doesn’t have sugar in it!  Some Stevias, like Stevia in the Raw, have sugar in them.  I personally love Sweet Leaf Stevia.

Herbal teas – My favorite herbal tea to have during my fast is Birds and Bees

Bone broth – make your own or try this kind

During your fast, you can have anything that doesn’t spike you insulin. But, when in doubt, leave it out.

How to Break your Fast

The best way to break your fast is with a fat and a protein.  I break my fast with eggs, avocado, feta, and bacon or if I’m on the go I drink the 310 plant based protein shake or the Tone it Up plant based protein shake.  If I do a shake, I usually pair it with a handful of raw almonds.

Don’t Fast Alone

My best piece of advice for anyone who is new to intermittent fasting is to find some support!  Working with someone who can answer your questions, guide you, and give you support and motivation is a game changer.  Registration for the next round of Faster Way to Fat Loss is now open.  If you’re truly committed to changing your lifestyle, burning stubborn fat, and finally seeing success in your weight loss journey, I would love to work with you.  You can learn more about the program and register here!  And don’t forget, you can join my free Facebook group, Wellness and Weight Loss, for more tips, information, and support.

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