What are the benefits of Intermittent fasting?

Written by Dana Peterson

Intermittent fasting is often an excellent tool to assist you lose that stubborn fat that you simply are trying to figure off. But there are some mistakes that you simply can make along the way which will sabotage your intermittent fasting results. In this article, we will go over these mistakes so you will have the simplest intermittent fasting results possible. So if you’re just starting confirm that you simply are taking note of your body and what it needs. Please ask your physician making any changes in your lifestyle.

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The number one mistake that people make that causes them to lose no weight whatsoever is :


For you now there are many different methods of intermittent fasting:

  • 16/8 method;
  • OMAD method that means “one meal a day”;
  • Alternate day fasting;

If there’s a lot of other different plans that you can choose but choose one that works best for your lifestyle don’t go into it expecting to already start a 20 hour fast if you haven’t ever fasted before ever in your life, that’s just not realistic start with a 12 hour fast work your way up to a 16 hour fast and then maybe you can do a 20 hour fast but work your way up to it. You’re not going to be an expert overnight, don’t expect results overnight because you’re just not going to get results overnight, this takes time, this is the weight loss tool, this is not like a weight loss answer, this is not you do intermittent fasting and then the next day you’re just the body that you want to be, this takes some time, so choose a plan that you think is going to be realistic for you and your lifestyle.


Another common intermittent fasting mistake that people make once they’ve already chosen the plan that works best for them is breaking your fast with junk. The reason number one you don’t want to break your fast with junk food, is because it’s not going to keep you bolt throughout the day, you’re not going to get any kind of nutrients from it, let’s say you’re just like “ I’m just going to wake up and break my vows with a cupcake” like a cupcake is not going to keep you full it’s not going to have the nutrients that you need, so choose something that’s on the healthier side whether it is just a quick avocado toast, make sure that you’re getting in a protein a fat of fiber something that’s going to help you to stay folder so you’re not snacking throughout the day consuming more calories than you need.


The next mistake which is bingeing when you break your fast, now that you haven’t eaten in many hours you fasted, let’s say it’s 12 hours 16 hours, however long you fasted and you’re hungry I get it but this isn’t a free-for-all, this doesn’t mean just go and eat all the food that you can, because you’re fast is broken, still have some self-control try to eat in moderate portions, and don’t go crazy, don’t binge on anything just because you were feeling hungry at the time your body actually has a hormone called ghrelin, if you eat less than you think that you normally need you will actually feel full if you give your body some time, so don’t rush it, don’t think that you need to eat everything that you can because that will just cause you to not see results and not allow you to lose weight and you don’t want that, so don’t fall victim to that because I know how easy that can get just like mindlessly eating if you’re bored or anything still try to track what you eat so you’re not going overboard so you can see results.


Another mistake that people make is being too strict with their plan you don’t want to be so strict with yourself that you’re not allowing yourself the grace that intermittent fasting gives you intermittent fasting allows you to not have to think about food 24/7 what’s going to be my breakfast was going to be my lunch that’s going to be my dinner it allows you to just focus on less food throughout the day so you’re not constantly thinking about it.

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Now let’s say you chose the 16-8 plan you’re bad brakes at 12 o’clock and it’s 11:45 you’re hungry and you’re on lunch you’re at work and you’re ready to go eat, you don’t have to be super strict with yourself just try to keep it around the same time every day, you’re going to be okay try to eat around just the same time relatively every day, but don’t be too strict on yourself don’t be like oh my God I can’t do this with my friends, or I can’t do that because of this just don’t make it a normal habit, just you regulate your discipline yourself and you’ll see results, just don’t be too strict with it because you’re going to start resenting intermittent fasting, and you’re not going to want to do it anymore because you just feel there’s too many rules to it.

Last but not least the number one mistake that people make that causes they don’t lose weight whatsoever is learning all about intermittent fasting but without taking any action, you’re learning as much as you can wanting it to be super perfect so you don’t make any mistakes, you’re going to make mistakes you’re going to learn along the way and you’re going to fix those mistakes but in order to do that you have to try or else you will see no results, time is not going to wait for you,  there’s never going to be a right time, you can’t keep telling yourself I’m going to start on Monday, Monday never rolls around, make a plan and start now because you will be so glad that you did.

About the author

Dana Peterson

I'm Dana Peterson, a freelance writer, serial blogger, self-published author of 7 books, and speaker who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little-known facts.

I'm a mother of two kids, but I've also been a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band. I love writing on cruise ships, or late nights, but also at home in my sunny southern California garden.

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