How To Be Successful With Intermittent Fasting
There are a number of things that you can do to maximize your chances of success with intermittent fasting.
Too many people give up because they are not prepared for the challenges that intermittent fasting brings. Just like when you strive for success in life, you need to anticipate the challenges ahead and have a plan for dealing with them.
This this type of eating pattern is not easy so you will need all the help that you can get. Note it is an eating pattern, not a diet per say!
The first two weeks or so will be the hardest and it is essential that you keep going during this period. You should find that after this, everything becomes a lot easier for you.
So let`s take a look at how to be successful with intermittent fasting and what you should do to achieve this aim..
Set A Goal
What is your goal with intermittent fasting? How much weight do you want to lose and by when?
Without a goal you will just approach intermittent fasting aimlessly, which will not improve your chances of success.
Think about the real reason why you want to lose the weight. This needs to be something emotional and totally honest.
You do not have to share this reason with others, so if you want to lose weight to look good for a specific person then only you need to know this.
The point here is that this real reason will act as inspiration for you to succeed.
Use the SMART process for setting your goal. This stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed.
You need to decide on the amount of weight you want to lose, such as 50 pounds. It is also important that you set a time limit, such as 6 months or a year.
Your goal needs to be achievable and realistic. There is no way that you are going to lose 100 pounds in 6 weeks for example. Even if you could do this it would be dangerous for you.
Have a look online for what other results people have achieved with intermittent fasting and make your goal realistic.
Write your goal down on paper. There is something magical about writing things down. Think about how achieving the weight loss will make you feel.
Visualize that you have already done this and look great. Note the strong feelings you experience and write these down on your goal statement.
The reason that these things help is that you can use your goal statement as a way to motivate and inspire you throughout your intermittent fasting journey.
Read your goal statement every day and look at it whenever you need more motivation.
Go For A Calorie Deficit Diet
You will get much better results with your intermittent fasting if you choose a healthy, calorie deficit diet for your eating windows.
Go online and look up the suggested calorie intake for your gender and build. Then choose a diet that will make you feel full but means that you will consume more calories than you need.
You do not have to do this straight away. Get used to intermittent fasting first by eating anything you want during your eating window. Though it`s recommended to eat good, healthy immune strengthening nutrition and not filling yourself up with junk food.
You will get better results with intermittent fasting if you include a regular exercise routine. If you don’t exercise regularly at the moment there is no need to panic.
Just gradually introduce some gentle exercise such as stretching and walking more. Do not go crazy here and go for intense gym sessions as this will be tough for you to maintain.
We will leave it here for now, just getting started is the key. Intermittent fasting can become a part of your lifestyle once you get used to it, so there is no need to rush into it.
Take your time, enjoy the experience and congratulate yourself on a slimmer, healthier you!