Coming into the New Year, Intermittent fasting is still all the rage in the diet world. Fasting is not new to the world as it has been around for thousands of years and can be very beneficial to many people. But many go about fasting in the wrong way. Here are five of the biggest mistakes people make when trying intermittent fasting.
Jumping in Too Fast
The biggest reason most diets fail is because they’re such an extreme departure from our normal way of eating. This makes the diet virtually impossible to maintain. So, if you’re new to fasting and currently eating every 3-4 hours, I would recommend not throwing yourself into a hardcore fast of 16 hours and an eating window of 8 hours. Ease into fasting with a 12-hour fast and 12-hour eating window for the first week and keep building your fasting window as your body acclimates.
You are eating too much during your eating window or allowing yourself to gorge on junk food. The quality of food still matters, and calories do still count during your eating period. The quality of nutrient-dense food becomes even more important as you have less time during the day to get high-quality nutrients in.
You do not eat enough calories during your eating window. Intermittent fasting can naturally lower your total calories during the day but make sure you do not drop your food intake too low.
Not Getting Enough Water
You do not drink enough water. Just because you are not eating does not mean that you are not drinking water. Make sure you are getting at least ½ your body weight in ounces daily.
Fasting starts to control your life and becomes an obsession. If your fasting starts to turn into an unhealthy obsession it’s time to rethink your approach. If you find fasting is controlling, your life it may be time to take a step back and find your balance again.