Is Intermittent Fasting Right For Me?
While intermittent fasting has been shown to have numerous benefits, it’s definitely not for everyone. Here are just a few scenarios where intermittent fasting may not be a good idea.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women or women who are trying to conceive.
- Those who have or have eating disorders or unhealthy relationships with food.
- Anyone with a diagnosed health condition like diabetes or those who are underweight.
If you have any questions on whether or not intermittent fasting would benefit you, check with your doctor first.
How to Get Started
Think IF may be right for you? One of the easiest ways to get started is to try the 16/8 method as you are simply extending your overnight fast. Start with this method and see how it works for you!
Here are some tips to help you get started.
- Stay hydrated during your fasting state by drinking lots of water.
- You can drink black coffee or tea if you crave that morning cup of joe. The key here is to avoid adding that cream and sugar while fasting.
- Break your fast with a nutrient-dense meal and avoid anything refined, processed, and high in sugar. The last thing you want to do is fast and then consume a high sugar meal that will cause your blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Ideally, you’ll want to use intermittent fasting as a healthy tool where you keep the other two meals of your day as clean as possible.
Using Intermittent Fasting as a Healthy Eating Tool
One of the biggest questions about intermittent fasting is whether or not skipping breakfast is healthy or not. What this really comes down to is what you choose to eat during the rest of the day. It’s not healthy for those who skip breakfast and then have unhealthy habits throughout the rest of the day.
But, if you’re cleared to try intermittent fasting and you prioritize wholesome and nutrient-dense eating, the studies suggest that intermittent fasting can be a powerful healthy eating tool that comes with a long list of benefits.
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