Fasting is a great way to help maximize your fat loss by helping to detoxifying the body, getting rid of excess sugar in the bloodstream, normalizing hormones and giving your digestive system a break.
When you break your fast, your body will be in an optimal state to burn fat. Periodic fasting has been shown to be effective for fat loss.
Here are five simple tips to get help you get the most out of your fast.
Plan your fast in advance.
Plan out when you’re going to start your fast and how long you plan to fast for. Try to pick a period of time that sounds reasonable to you, and during which you don’t have any strenuous activities planned. It takes just a few moments (and maybe a quick glance at a calendar), but will help set you up for success.
Have your liquids on hand.
Do you have all the liquids you want to drink during your fast? How about a water bottle to keep with you throughout the day? Plan to have a beverage to sip on with you at all times during your fast. If you start to feel hungry at all, taking a few sips will help to curb the hunger and keep you going.
Remember, during the clear liquid fast you can drink water, coffee, teas, diet sodas or flavored waters, and broth.
Start with a healthy meal.
Eating a healthy meal of meats and vegetables before you start your fast will ensure that your body has plenty of the nutrients it needs. As an added benefit, starting with a healthy meal will also help to reduce cravings during your fasting period.
Add variety with warm and savory liquids.
Don’t be afraid of the broth or even savory teas during your fast. Many people find that warm or savory liquids provide them with more of a filling sensation–which can be a big help in sticking to your fast. Try a mug of warm broth with a little salt when meal time comes around to keep you going through the day. Changing up your beverages is an easy way to add variety to your fast.
Remember–fasting is a healthy tool for weight loss!
It’s normal to experience some hunger or cravings during your fast, especially if this is your first fast. Stay strong and keep with it–your body is designed to store plenty of the nutrients it needs to keep running for longer periods of time. If a hunger pang strikes, take a few sips of your nearby liquid and remember that you’re not actually starving–instead you’re giving your body a chance to detoxify, get rid of excess sugar in your bloodstream, normalize hormones and allow your digestive system to rest.