Although fasting is not a new concept, in recent years it has gained popularity among health savvy people due to its mental and physical benefits. Intermittent fasting is one of the most popular fasts right now since it’s an easier way to experience the benefits of fasting without it being potentially as strenuous on the body in general compared to other longer term fasts. However, regardless of what type of intermittent fast you choose to try, it’s very important to follow certain guidelines which we will further touch on throughout this blog.
Make Sure You’re Able to Fast-People taking prescription medication, pregnant or lactating women and people with diabetes are some groups that should refrain from fasting. * eliminating rich, sugary or fatty foods and incorporating more whole foods in their natural state are a good alternative to those who aren’t able to fast.*
Stay Hydrated- By staying hydrated, you can create more of a sensation of being full while fasting. * A good way of knowing if you’re properly hydrated is to check your urine’s color. * If it’s light in color (similar to the color of lemonade), you should be properly hydrated. *
Do Not Break Your Fast By Binging-Eating 3-6 smaller meals a day and gradually introducing high-fiber foods to your diet are ideal ways to ease back into the timeframe which you consume calories. *
Hopefully these pointers will help you to try intermittent fasting more effectively overall if you choose to incorporate it into your lifestyle. As always, please consult with your primary healthcare provider before making any changes to your dietary, exercise or medical regimen.