Intermittent fasting can feel a bit daunting when first starting out. Switching from, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ to ‘start eating at midday’ is a bit of mind shift, we get it. One thing we can promise you is that Intermittent Fasting becomes second nature with time as your body gets used to a new rhythm and you feel great. You may likely wonder soon how you used to eat for so many of the hours especially as you start to feel amazing.
Here are our 7 Tips to getting started with 16:8 Intermittent Fasting.
- Start with a shorter fasting window
In your first week of intermittent fasting, start with a shorter fasting window to build your body up to a regular fast of 16 or 18 hours per day. For example, start with a 13 or 14 fasting period and build an hour each week until you find a regular fasting window that suits your lifestyle and body.
- Stick with a daily regular time frame
Pick a fasting timeframe that suits your lifestyle to help create a regular eating cycle. If you find yourself hungrier in the morning, try and make your last meal around 5 or 6pm. If you find you’re more of a late-night eater – make your last meal around 8pm and start your fasting window later. There is no right or wrong when it comes to fasting times – fasting can be tailored to your individual body and lifestyle. That’s one of the things that is so great about it – it’s sustainable even for the busiest lifestyle and why it’s the go-to for celebs.
- Download an app
Girl, we know that you have enough on in your day. Adding another thing to think about – like when to start and stop eating is not something that you should have to add to everything else you have to manage in your day. But thankfully, there’s an app for that! Downloading fasting apps such as Zero – a Wednesday Cleanse Day fave, can make fasting easy! Simply choose how many hours you want to fast for, press start after your last meal and with a simple phone notification – you’ll be told when the time is up and when to eat again. No maths required!
- Get yourself some Wednesday Cleanse Day
If your body is not used to Intermittent Fasting and the hunger pains start to kick in – sip on our pink tonic. This is the exact reason that Wednesday Cleanse Day was created, to help give your body a boost during your fasting period with antioxidants, fibre and collagen. Wednesday Cleanse days formula will help keep hunger at bay and could very well become your BFF for Intermittent Fasting.
- Break your fast with wholesome foods
Plan the foods that you are going to break your fast with ahead of time. This way, you won’t find yourself bingeing on bad food after a fast, when your hunger peaks. Planning a wholesome meal filled with a range of protein, fats and carbohydrates will fuel your body with essential nutrients after a fast and keep you satisfied – rather than undoing all your good work from fasting.
- Work your exercise around your fasting period
Time your workouts around your eating times when you first start Intermittent Fasting. If you are fasting till 12pm, maybe don’t time your workout for 6am. Try to do it a bit later. Burning an excess of calories during your fasting period with hours left of fasting can leave you hungry, tired and craving sugar for replenishment, which you’ll want to avoid obviously.
- Water, water and more water!
Water will keep you feeling full, help your system do what it needs to do and flush it out. It’s key for healthy bodily functions, will help you get glowing and get rid of the bloat fast.
Aim for 2 litres daily. You can also have our pretty pink tonic to keep up your energy levels up and keep you feeling full.