How can I stay healthy during Intermittent Fasting?

by - March 31, 2019

It is very important (and evidence you have a good head on your shoulders) to think of your health when embarking on any new project, journey etc.

Intermittent fasting is no different.

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Guaranteed, there are health benefits attached to the fast but what works for one doesn't necessarily work for all and that is why it is so important to seek good medical advice before taking the first step. It is also for this reason that there are the different ways to fast and you get to choose which works best for you.

Intermittent fasting is not risk-free. Especially if you’re at high risk for health problems or complications (that is, if you’re over 65 and/or have an existing medical condition), please consult your doctor or physician for advice before embarking on the fast. Also, if you’re on medication, you will do well to talk to your doctor too.

Tips to staying healthy during fasting is not a subject that can be comprehensively discussed in just one article (I know right? Gets boring after the first 500 words) and so even after reading this, you are encouraged to do more research and, yes we’ll say it again, TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN!!!

So, without further ado, let’s get down to it.

Stay Hydrated

Water makes up to 70% of the human body (yes, I don’t understand the math of it either but the experts say it’s true).

When you’re not eating, you need to take fluids.

In one of the previous posts, we discussed the kinds of fluids/drinks that will help you keep to the point of the fats and still keep you hydrated, so if you haven’t already read that, go find it.

Don’t fast on “active” days

Fasting saps energy and so you don’t want to be jumping around whilst on a fast. You need to conserve strength whilst fasting so you can go the whole length of it.

Also, being extra active during a fast can lead to dizziness and other complications so if you’re going to have to use a lot of energy, please don’t fast.

Keep fasting periods short

There is no single way to fast, meaning that the duration of your fast is up to you. Most regimens advise short fast periods of 8–24 hours. However, you may choose to undertake much longer fasts of 48 and even up to 72 hours at a stretch.

Longer fast periods increase your risk of problems associated with fasting which include dehydration, irritability, mood swings, fainting, hunger, a lack of energy and being unable to focus and for this reason, it is advisable to fast for shorter periods at a go.

Don’t overdo it when breaking a fast

It can be very tempting to go for all the things you have missed while fasting at the point of breaking, but wait! Think on the following first;

a) excessive eating after fasting would leave you feeling bloated and tired. Honestly, you’ll most likely regret it right after and the glee and satisfaction from all that food will only be short lived.

b) any weight you managed to lose during the fast might just come rushing back if your lost calorie count equals or is even less than what you took in in your moment of “enjoyment”.

This was also discussed under “How much weight can I lose during Intermittent Fasting”, so go read up on that if you haven’t already.

The best way to break a fast is to continue eating normally and get back into your regular eating routine.

Stop fasting if you feel unwell

You may feel tired or hungry, or irritable but you should never feel unwell while fasting, no sir! That’s a red-flag and is a sign that you should put an end to that fast immediately!!!

If you are new to fasting, consider limiting your fast periods to 24 hours or fewer and when there are feelings of sickness and discomfort, go see the doctor.

There’s a whole lot more to do to ensure that you stay healthy during a fast and it is up to you to do your research and keep yourself up to date. Hopefully you find these few tips helpful and they encourage you to want to know more. Stay healthy and never forget; ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HEALTHY CAN YOU THEN WORK ON GETTING WEALTHY. *wink.

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