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Top 10 Tips for Starting Intermittent Fasting!

When I started intermittent fasting, back in January 2019, I was searching for quick tips for beginners that would ease me into it. I couldn’t really find much – so I thought I would write it! If this sounds like you, then below is my list of…

Top 10 Tips for Starting Intermittent Fasting!

Please note that I am not trained to provide health advice, and I have created this list based on my own intermittent fasting experience.

Before starting intermittent fasting, make sure you know your reason.

I am a HUGE breakfast person.

To think I have been leaving breakfast until 5-6 hours after waking up must seem insane to ‘old me’! BUT, this proves the power that having a reason for starting intermittent fasting can do.

My reason was due to health issues. I was bloating, had poor digestion, constipation and was feeling sluggish. By starting intermittent fasting, I gave my body (the poor thing) time to actually digest the day’s food before I started filling it with a new day’s worth!

So – what is your reason for starting intermittent fasting? Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it every day. (Maybe on the fridge!?) Starting intermittent fasting isn’t a walk in the park, so motivation is needed as you start to form the habit.

Choose your split, so it fits within your lifestyle.

I have chosen to do a split of 16 hours fasted, 8 hours eating. (Also known as 16:8) This tends to be the most popular, however, you can choose any split that suits your lifestyle! I end my fast at 11:00am and begin at 7:00pm, as this works best for my commitments. Test different splits out and choose which feels best for you!

The night before, don’t eat after your new ‘eating period’ ends. Your intermittent fasting journey starts now.

Starting intermittent fasting off may seem like a daunting task. It was for me, the thought of no food for 16 hours!? However, once you have developed the habit it becomes second nature.

Clock showing 5:50pm, as intermittent fasting splits can vary.

To start off, the night before, stop eating at your newly set ‘eating period’. Your intermittent fasting journey starts now.

Ignore the hunger signals and drink some water!

Starting interemittent fasting is by far the hardest part. My stomach felt weird and started sending every hunger signal it could to my brain. As my body was so used to being fed constantly – this was a shock!

Unfortunately, you need to just ignore these for the first few days. I found that by drinking lots of water, the hunger soon went away. After the first week, my body adapted and I no longer got the hunger pains.

Eat fruit first and then leave 30 minutes.

Whilst this isn’t a ‘must’ tip, it is something I would highly recommend. (Even when not doing intermittent fasting!)

Recently I was listening to Eliza G Fitness’ podcast, ‘Hotter Than Health‘ (Find out more here!) and she spoke about food combining. Basically, fruit can be digested fast in your body – about 20-30 minutes. However, it requires a particular environment to do this.

Therefore, eat your daily dose of fruit first and leave 30 minutes before having something else!

You still need a balanced diet!

It may seem obvious, but it needs to be said. Intermittent fasting doesn’t mean you have a free pass to eat junk food for 8 hours! You need to pay more attention to what you are eating to ensure you are consuming a balanced and nutritious diet.

Some won’t understand intermittent fasting and you don’t have to explain.

Some people won’t understand why your are doing intermittent fasting – or even what it is! Don’t feel like you have to explain yourself. Sometimes it is good to have a healthy discussion but you shouldn’t have to listen to pressures from others. Remind yourself of your original reason and carry on!

Eating breakfast a little early is okay!

This was something I was always searching for at the beginning. Especially when I had a work meeting booked in at 11:00am!

If you know that you are going to busy around your eating period then just alter it. For me, I stopped eating half-an-hour the night before, so I was still getting my fasting period in.

Intermittent fasting is supposed to be flexible – you make your own rules!

Your toilet schedule is going to change.

As you start intermittent fasting, you are probably going to see a change in your toilet schedule. This is fine and your body will settle into it’s new cycle, as it adapts.

However, you shouldn’t be experiencing issues passing stools or other bowel problems. If you do, I recommend visiting a doctor.

Drink a LOT of water!

I cannot say it enough – DRINK A LOT OF WATER!

Glass on water reminding people to drink lots of water when doing Intermittent Fasting!

Water will become your best friend throughout your fasting period. Consuming anything, that includes liquid, with calories will break your fasting period. Make friends with tap water, drink a ton of it and don’t look back!

There are my ‘Top 10 Tips for Starting Intermittent Fasting!‘ I hope you found this useful if you are thinking of starting, or for those who have and are sat there slightly confused.

I would love to learn about your thoughts and experiences of intermittent fasting so please feel free to leave a comment below!

Till next time my friends,

-Millie 🙂


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