#4: Failing At Intermittent Fasting
Unfortunately, yes, there are ways to fail while intermittent fasting. Here are some of the biggest mistakes people make while intermittent fasting so you can avoid them yourself.
Not eating enough calories while intermittent fasting. For those of you looking to lose weight, you might be thinking “I’m always eating way too many calories!
This sounds awesome!” Wrong. You probably do not know it now, but it is actually kind of difficult to eat the large meals you need to eat throughout the day to get enough calories and the proper vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Without adequate amounts you will probably break your fast and binge.
The best way to make sure this does not happen to you is to start your intermittent fasting schedule slowly. Start with a 12:12 schedule. Then, after a couple days, move to a 14:10 schedule. Then after about a week or so go ahead and start the 16:8 schedule.
You will be really comfortable with the amounts you need to eat by then and will probably start to feel the beneficial effects of fasting by then.
Breaking fast and binging. Let’s face it. If you are going to break your fast, you are probably going to binge. This will usually happen when you do not eat enough calories over time.
The problem is that you are trying to teach your body a schedule and now you have confused it. And furthermore, if you are binging you are probably going to go for high carbohydrate foods like ice cream that will spike your insulin levels like crazy.
It is better to just eat enough good foods during the day and save yourself the trouble later.
Shrinking your eating time window to small. There are many benefits to be had with intermittent fasting and you may feel like you want to continue challenging yourself to shrink the eating time window to reap more of the intermittent fasting benefits, but be weary.
The greatest thing about intermittent fasting is that it is totally sustainable at 16:8. It is the perfect ratio of time eating to time fasting. Trying to shrink the eating time window too short makes it much more difficult for people to sustain.