How To: Intermittent Fasting

Possibly the best dieting technique?

So… Intermittent fasting. This can actually mean a lot of things depending on where you have come from, and your background. Here I’m going to go over Intermittent fasting as a dieting technique. Intermittent Fasting has got to be one of the best dieting tools no matter what your aim, whether you're maintaining, cutting or lean bulking, If you like eating a lot of food then it’s a safe bet that this is for you. It’s the exact opposite of eating millions of tiny meals throughout the day that just make you more hungry and take a lot of time (Yes I am bias towards intermittent fasting). By the way when you get used to intermittent fasting you never get hungry and you will be satisfied for the whole day!

What is intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a dieting tool / technique where you will only eat at certain times throughout the day or in other words having windows in the day when you can eat but it is far more flexible than you think, generally speaking a lot of people will fast for 14 hours when following this. You are free to fast for as long or as little as you wish, just keep in mind the longer the fast the easier it will be (up to a point). A quick example would be you only eat between 2pm-6pm and fast for the rest of the day.

Why should I intermittent fast?

As I was saying in the intro to this post, If you like food you will like this. I love food and eating a lot of it which is problematic when you have to restrict calories for a cut or lean bulk. The solution is having the restricted calories in one or two meals in the day. This means you can now eat a big meal and still follow the plan that you are on. If you follow me on instagram @maygerfitness you will notice that I post a lot of big meals like pizza, Intermittent fasting is the main part of how I can do this and still lose fat, best bit is you will never get hungry.

Here are a list of benefits that are 100% Fact:

  • Eat larger meals
  • Never get Hungry (when acclimated to it)
  • Free up your time
  • Higher concentration in the day
  • Enjoy Social events without worrying
  • Makes dieting much easier

Some people also believe that it actually improves your fat loss rate because you are in a fasted state meaning your body have to take the energy directly from your fat stores.

How do I start Intermittent fasting?

Starting is a little bit of a process as it can be difficult for some people to get used to, so start slow. Try starting off by fasting(not eating) until Midday, and then allow yourself to eat after you have reached midday, once you have got used to this, try to fast for longer until you find your sweet spot!

Go to; 2pm, 3pm, 4pm all the way up to 9pm and later if you want to. It’s really a personal choice.

Once you have done this, if it is an option for you, try training first thing in the morning as well, whilst you are in a fasted state. Trust me, you really don’t need to worry about eating immediately are training either. Just carry on with your fast as normal. Voila! You are now Intermittent fasting! This may take a few days to a few months to get used to, so be patient!

Tips and Tricks for IF (Intermittent Fasting)

  • Drink Black Coffee and fizzy/ sparkling water, both of these work really well to suppress your appetite and keep you fasting for longer, so if you feel a twinge of hunger just make yourself a coffee or grab yourself a sparkling water.
  • Prefer eating huge meals? Fast until late in the day and use all of your calories in one meal and you will not be disappointed.
  • If you get the feeling you really need to eat but you don’t want to break your fast, just have an apple followed by some water and that will fill you right up (Yes this will break your fast but there are very few calories in an apple and will get used up quickly!) this should keep you going for at least another hour or two!

Finishing up on IF

So that’s about it, I think I have covered everything you need to know to get you started on Intermittent fasting, all the basics and core bits of information. A quick reminder that it is personal and for you to fast only as long as you find comfortable!

If you have any other questions please comment down below and I will get back to you!

- Will Mayger
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