Have you ever wondered if there was a way you could kick start your fitness goals?
Well, if you overate (like I did) for the Holidays, Intermittent Fasting might be an option you'd like to try out to help lose some weight and burn fat!
Intermittent fasting, or IF, simply means having eating windows of eating and fasting. For example, you could have an eating window between 7 am and 2 pm, and fast from 2 pm to 7 am. Or you could start with a longer eating window, and eat from 7 am to 5 pm, and fast from 5 pm to 7 am.
The key here is to choose a window that works for your lifestyle.
Why might you want to intermittent fast?
1) If you are very busy, and would benefit from consuming less meals
2) If you benefit from having more structure in your eating
3) If you want to lose weight and burn fat faster
Who is IF NOT for?
1) Pregnant Moms
2) Breastfeeding Moms
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you do try Intermittent Fasting:
1) Create an eating window that works for your unique lifestyle.
For instance, if you wake up early, say 6 am, you would want to start your eating window later, at 11 am. Choose an eating and fasting window that won't drive you crazy! On days I practice IF, I prefer to have a fasting window closer to the evening. So, on very busy days, I'll load up on my MWH Menu calories from say, 10 am to 5--then fast the rest of the evening until 10 am the next day.
2) Distract Yo'self
When your fasting window begins, you will get hungry. Expect it. Your body is attacking fat during that time, aiding in your fat loss! Instead of focusing on those hunger pains, distract yourself with a healthy activity such as getting lost in a good book, playing with your kids, journaling, or cleaning your home. If you can master this tip alone, you can master the majority of your life!
3) Eat QUALITY calories during eating window
When you break your fast, don't gorge on pizza or chips. Consciously choose nutritious foods that will feed your muscles and improve mental clarity like a green smoothie, Greek yogurt bowl, or a plate full of lean proteins, complex carbs, and veggies. If you eat unhealthy food instead during your eating window, you are actually tricking your body into holding ONTO fat! So this is a very important key.
4) Drink tons of water!
Before, during and after your fasting window--drink. That. Water!
Water naturally flushes out toxins, leading to better digestion, fat loss, and helps keep skin clear! And who doesn't want fat loss and clear skin?!
If you joined the MWH Challenge starting January 7th and are wondering how you can use IF in our program, keep it simple. You don't have to go all hardcore with having a strict fasting window (Like 12 hours).
You can still follow our meal guide with a schedule like: Eating our 4-5 meals daily with an eating window from 8 am to 6 pm, and fasting from 6 pm to 8 am. Doing this alone will help keep you on track with our meal plan, and will help you cut out unnecessary snacking after we get our calories in.
And again, I don't recommend IF if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Thanks for stopping by, and sharing this blog with another woman on the mission of becoming her best self!
And...there is still time to get in on our challenge! We start January 7th! Click this link to find out how you can join my membership program to become your best self from the inside out.