Your stomach needs rest as much as your brain or muscles. You can’t solve complex problems for 20 hours a day. You can’t lift weights 20 hours a day. You can’t digest 20 hours a day.
In the Western world we are used to eating at least three meals a day. Breakfast is usually relatively early, after we awake or before work or school. We eat dinners late in the afternoon or early evening. We don’t give our digestive systems time to rest and rejuvenate.
Mistake 1 – Giving Up Too Fast
Adopting the IF method will be difficult initially. This is a given. You should mentally prepare yourself to stay the course for 2 weeks. Do not throw in the towel just because you slip up every now and then.
It is almost inevitable that you will slip up. You might get hungry and eat something. After this you will feel guilty and curse yourself for being weak. You might then decide that the entire plan has failed… and you quit. This is the usual process that many newbies go through. Never quit. If you do slip up and eat something, keep your meal small. The quest is not a failure if you keep at it.
Over time, your appetite will decrease and you will be more disciplined. It will become easier to stick with the plan. In fact, usually after 2 or 3 weeks, most people on IF find it more difficult to consume all their calories within the eating window.
From craving for food, they now feel like they have too much to eat and too little time. You will be amazed to see how fast your body adapts. Stick with the plan.
Mistake 2 – Not Watching Their Diet
All calories are not made equal. Getting 400 calories from a piece of lean meat is different from getting 400 calories from 2 bars of chocolate. Intermittent fasting does allow some leeway with your diet but if you want faster results with your fat loss, you should also eat a healthy and wholesome diet. Your diet and IF are not mutually exclusive. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by adopting a clean diet. Combine it with IF and you will burn the fat much faster.
Mistake 3 – Being Too Ambitious
There are several different types of intermittent fasting. Many beginners want fast weight loss results. So, they adopt the fasting diet that involves 24 hour fasting or they cut their calories drastically and adopt IF.
Slow and steady wins the race. If you try to do too much too soon, the entire process will become torturous and stressful. It will just be a matter of time when your will-power will fail you and you will quit.
Start small and have a shorter fasting window. As the days progress, you can gradually increase the duration of your fasting window.
Mistake 4 – Not Exercising
Yes… it’s hard work. Yes… you can lose weight with IF and a healthy diet. However, if you want to be stronger and fitter, you MUST exercise.
Ideally, you should have a mix of cardio and resistance training in your workouts. You can keep things interesting by trying varied workouts or even different types of exercises. Pilates on one day, kickboxing the next day or maybe swim some laps on the weekend. Keep it interesting.