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Intermittent fasting is not easy for everyone. In fact, some people find it extremely challenging and have a very difficult time. If you’re one of those people, no need to worry, it just means your body isn’t ready for intermittent fasting yet, and the best thing you can do at this stage is to take things slow.
First and foremost, it is important that you listen to your body and respect its needs. Intermittent fasting might not be suitable for all; as different people have different calorie requirements at different times in their lives. There are many ways in which we can fast – there’s alternate day fasting, the 5:2 diet where you eat normally five days a week and fast two days a week – but the most commonly known form of intermittent fasting involves an 18-hour fast followed by a 6-hour window in which you can eat anything you like.
It sounds difficult but once you get into the swing of things, it becomes second nature. So if IF is not working for you right now, don’t stress about it too much! Here are some reasons why it might be so challenging for you:
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You are not eating enough prior to starting IF
When we’re not eating enough, our bodies start to feel like they are starving, which can make fasting extremely challenging. If you start intermittent fasting on an empty stomach and don’t eat enough, your blood-sugar and insulin levels will drop and you’ll feel extremely weak, irritable, and lethargic. In order to get your body ready for intermittent fasting, you must first make sure you’re eating enough calories (though not too much) each day.
If you’re eating too little, your body will enter a state of starvation mode and will do everything in its power to hold on to the fat on your body, making intermittent fasting extremely difficult. Your body needs fuel to run, so try to eat at least one big meal each day to get your body ready for fasting. After that, it’s just a matter of having a small snack every couple of hours so your body doesn’t run out of fuel while fasting. And, yes, you can eat whatever you want during the fasting hours – just make sure you eat enough to keep your energy levels high.
Your body is in shock after a few days of fasting
Let’s say you start fasting on a Monday and by Wednesday you’re feeling extremely lethargic and groggy. This might be a sign that your body is in shock after a few days of fasting. It’s possible your body hasn’t yet fully gotten used to the fasting routine and it might not be worth it for you to continue.
If you feel like you’re not getting enough energy, or you’re feeling extremely tired and weak, it’s best to break your fasting routine and eat something light, like a banana or an apple. Remember, every body is different, and it might take a few weeks for your body to fully get used to the fasting routine. It is better to ease into intermittent fasting than to push yourself too hard and risk failing to see any benefits.
You’re stressing too much over adhering to your IF window
If you’re stressing too much over adhering to your IF window, you might be getting yourself into trouble. Some people get really stressed out about the fact that they can’t eat until 6 p.m., and it’s important to know that there’s no need to adhere to the rules too strictly. The idea behind intermittent fasting is to create a smaller eating window so that you eat less and can lose weight.
But you don’t have to do it exactly like the people who do 16/8 or the 5:2 diet. You can simply try to eat a little less and eat a little later so that you have a smaller eating window. Remember, it’s all about finding what works best for you.
You’re trying to do too much at once (losing weight and fasting at the same time)
Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle choice, and it’s something that you should try to do consistently so you can see the long-term benefits. You should try to do it even if you don’t want to lose weight, but remember, you must make sure you’re eating enough calories so your body doesn’t enter a state of starvation.
If you try to lose weight while fasting, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure. Remember, intermittent fasting is about eating less, so if you’re trying to lose weight while fasting, you’re probably not eating enough.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight and improve your health, but only if you do it properly. It can be challenging, but don’t give up. You must first make sure you’re eating enough calories (though not too much) each day.
Next, you should ease into fasting slowly to give your body time to adjust. And most importantly, don’t forget to listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs, and you just have to be patient enough to listen.