If you’re already familiar with the term intermittent fasting, let’s jump right into the
8 common mistakes
you might be making, but rather should avoid:
#1 Not drinking enough water
How much water you need to drik depends on your size and weight, as well as your activity levels. Also the place where you live plays an important factor.
There are different opinions on how much exactly an adult must drink per day.
One approach says adults should be drinking 1/2 – 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. That means, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need to drink between 75-150 ounces of water a day.
Another approach is to drink 1ml per 1 kcal per day. If you ate 2500 kcal, that would be 2,5 L of water to drink.
Generally it can be said, adults should consume around 1,5 L of liquid (preferably water) per day.
#2 Not getting enough electrolytes in the morning
One way to make sure you get enough electrolytes is incorporating keltic sea salt.
#3 Not eating enough in eating window
As you only eat during a certain time window, it is important to eat until you are satisfied. This way you make sure your hunger hormone is turned off. Otherwise fat burning will not even be possible and results in you being “hangry” the whole time – no one wants that 😉
#4 Following an unbalanced diet (too much high carb)
I usually avoid telling people what type of diet to follow, as everyone is different and therefore needs different things. I always recommend listening to your body and eating whatever makes you feel most energized, healthy, happy to live within your body and satisfied.
However I still want to share with you this piece of information – it is completely up to you, what you’ll do with it.
So here we go, into the diet world, for a second:
high carb = lots of insulin
Following only a high carb diet may lead to low fat & low protein. Yet good & quality fat + protein are crucial for a healthy diet.
They are needed to keep you full long and prevent spikes in blood sugar level.
Therefore a well balanced diet of good fats, healthy sources of protein and carbs are suggested.
#5 Only eating a small meal when breaking the fast
Going from a fasted state to an eating state, we need to be eating until satisfied, so our body knows it’s not starvation mode.
If you are not eating enough, the body stays in starving mode and thinks it needs to hold on to energy & fat. It not only results in fat gain but also may lead to hormonal imbalances.
#6 No window flexibility
If you want your way of eating to be healthy, fun and sustainable, don’t make it a strict regimen! Eating is a way of nourishing your body and shouldn’t be a compulsion.
When doing intermittent fasting, allow yourself to shift your eating window and make sure it fits your lifestyle for it to be sustainable.
#7 Drinking alcohol during fast
#8 Not getting enough sleep
By not getting enough sleep our stress hormone (cortisol) raises which leads to an increased hunger hormone (ghrelin).
Because you couldn’t fully restore, the body will be trying to get the energy from food, and you’ll be even more hungry.
That’s a downward spiral it’s not fun to be in.
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I hope some of these tips were beneficial and helping you move towards an even healthier and happier you