Top Intermittent Fasting Mistakes is a video that highlights many of the simple, yet crucial mistakes people make while doing intermittent fasting.
I’ve been practicing and recommending intermittent fasting for years. Consequently, many questions are submitted through YouTube, email and our website regarding how to properly do intermittent fasting. People ask many of the same intermittent fasting questions, so I decided to address it with a video. I compiled the most common intermittent fasting mistakes in order to help you get all the benefits of fasting.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when intermittent fasting is being obsessive about their eating window. They wonder, should I do 12 or 16 hours fast? Generally, a standard intermittent fast is 16 hours of fasting with an eight-hour window where you can eat. That said, this arrangement may not work best for your body. If you find yourself having difficulty sticking to this kind of a schedule, or you don’t feel great on it, then please feel free to experiment and change it. Don’t look obsessively at your intermittent fast as a failure-success binary. If you skip a day, that’s fine. It’s all about making it a sustainable lifestyle.
Electrolytes are incredibly important when it comes to fasting. If you aren’t drinking enough water throughout the day, then you could crash. Be sure to drink water throughout the day to get the electrolytes that your body needs. Just because you can have black coffee throughout the day doesn’t mean it should be the only thing you drink.
Poor nutrition is another big problem for many trying to do intermittent fasting. During your eight-hour eating window, you want to be eating a high-quality diet. Consuming low-quality foods during this time won’t give your body what it needs. Another mistake is that they might be trying to restrict their calorie intake during their eating window. There is absolutely no need as the intermittent fasting will be doing the work for you. Trust me, you’re going to be losing weight. All you will be doing by cutting calories during intermittent fasting is crash your metabolism.
There are even more tips that you will find in video below. Intermittent fasting can deliver exceptional results, but only if you do it right.
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[Video Transcription] Top Intermittent Fasting Mistakes
In this video, we’re talking about the top intermittent fasting mistakes.
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In this video, we are talking about the top intermittent fasting mistakes. There’s a lot of people who are making these very crucial mistakes when they’re intermittent fasting. In some cases, it can actually throw you out of the fast, mess up your focus, and mess up this whole lifestyle. Intermittent fasting isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle. What I want to do is go through these mistakes and help you avoid them so that you can make sure that you’re on-point with your intermittent fasting strategy and get the best results.
First that I want to talk about is being obsessive. A lot of times when people are intermittent fasting they get really obsessed over the hours. “Oh, should I do 12 hours or 16 hours?” On average, you fast for 16 hours, eat for eight. That’s kind of the standard intermittent fasting. If you choose to go lesser or more, that’s your decision. There’s not really a right way or a wrong way. If you cut the fasting out or it’s too short, then it’s not a fast. However, you got to do what’s right for you. Don’t obsess over the little things like that. The other thing I see people being obsessive over are, “Oh my goodness, I missed a day. Should I completely stop? What do I do? Did I screw everything up?” If you missed a day, that’s just fine. Here’s the thing, if you’re obsessing over it and you’re very worried about these very small details, you will fail at intermittent fasting. Once again, it’s a lifestyle, and if you can’t sustainably use it and you’re not able to adapt to maybe days where you can’t fast as long or days that you can fast more, days that you have to skip a fast then you’re going to crash with this whole thing, and it’s not going to be sustainable for you. Don’t obsess over the small things because at the end of the day it’s about making it sustainable, and none of these little, tiny details truly even matter.
Next here is having the wrong focus. A lot of people want to focus on what they can have while fasting, really put your focus into just doing a good, clean fast and only drinking water during that fasting time or black coffee or tea that doesn’t have any type of sweetener in it or anything. If you’re talking about trying to– “Can I have this type of food?” or “Can I add creamer? Can I add creamer and butter?” All these things are just really putting you in the wrong state of mind. We really want to have the right focus here and not get into all the little nuances of “can I add this?” “can I add that?” just really focus on doing a good, clean, pure fast during this time.
Next is electrolytes. A lot of people don’t drink enough water while fasting, and they crash with their electrolytes. There’s a couple things to talk about here. When it comes to fasting as a result of not eating a lot of people fail to drink water as well. As a matter of fact a big problem that I see people do is they’ll have a black coffee in the morning, and they’ll only drink that black coffee for that whole fasted morning. And the problem with that is that it’s going to really wear on your adrenals, it can raise your blood pressure, cause a lot of issues. We want to make sure we’re drinking lots of water. Now, while fasting, our insulin stays low, we’re starting to flush out ketones. Things are different in the body. But as a result, we flush out a lot of electrolytes. What we want to do is make sure we’re focusing on boosting those electrolyte levels. People who have electrolyte deficiencies can have all types of muscles spasms and twitching. They can also— for instance, I’ve seen this happen where somebody who’s fasting the longer they’re fasting the higher their blood pressure is going up. We start looking at the electrolyte magnesium. There’s so many different things: constipation, potassium deficiency. We want to make sure that we’re getting proper electrolytes drinking enough water while intermittent fasting.
Next on our list here is poor nutrition. I always talk about going into nutritional deficiencies when it comes to different vitamins as a result of eating a low-quality diet while intermittent fasting. We really want to focus on eating a very high-quality diet. If you want more on the proper foods to eat while doing OMAD or intermittent fasting, go ahead and take a look at this list I did right here where I did the OMAD food pyramid.
Next here is calorie restriction. For a lot of people, once again, they become obsessive over this, and next thing you know they just want to go next level: “How can I drastically increase weight-loss?” Instead of just doing intermittent fasting, they want to actually go and restrict calories as well. Intermittent fasting is enough. Intermittent fasting is going to help balance metabolism, keep insulin low. There’s no need to go and do some massive calorie restriction along with the intermittent fasting. It’s just totally not necessary. You’re going to lost weight while doing intermittent fasting, and the last thing we want to do is crash our metabolism by doing intermittent fasting and then trying to eat as little as possible. That’s not the goal here. Let’s be aware of that problem.
Last on our list is breaking the fast. This is a really important one because when that eating window comes most people are going to grab the first thing that they see and start eating it. If it’s an unhealthy food, they’re going to grab it. If it’s a high-carb, high-sugar food, they’re going to grab it. We want to plan this meal out. We want to plan our first meal out. I always recommend a nice, big, healthy salad. I recommend a protein shake, green smoothie, something along those lines: highly nutrient dense and is going to offer you some really good nutritional benefit. Whereas if you’re going and grabbing a high-carb meal, high-sugar meal a meal that is just very low-quality from a fast food restaurant, you’re really ruining all the hard work that you’ve put into this whole intermittent fasting thing. Be sure to make sure that you’re grabbing a really good meal and breaking your fast properly. Once again, think nice salad, protein shake, green smoothie, something that is going to be very nutrient dense and gentle on your stomach.
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