Weight Loss: 7 Intermittent fasting tips for beginners

Intermittent fasting is one of the popular eating patterns as the same aids in weight loss. For the unversed, during the same, one has to restrict food intake for certain periods of time. Today, we have listed out some of the intermittent fasting tips for beginners.
Weight Loss Tips: 7 Intermittent fasting tips for beginnersWeight Loss Tips: 7 Intermittent fasting tips for beginners
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Intermittent fasting is one of the popular eating patterns as the same aids in weight loss. For the unversed, during the same, one has to restrict food intake for certain periods of time. Apart from weight loss, it also helps in the production of human growth hormone (HGH), longevity and lowers the risks of illnesses. 

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For the unversed, there are two popular intermittent fasting regimen. One is a 5:2 pattern, during which one has to restrict calorie intake for two days per week (one can go for 6:1 as well). Another is 16:8 pattern and in the same, one can consume food in an eight-hour window so that fasting period could be 16 hours a day. Today we have listed out some of the intermittent fasting tips for beginners. 

1. Don't rush
It is very vital to start off fasting slowly and take it gradually as rushing can lead to negative effects. Try and start for the small window instead of directly starting with 16:8 fasting schedule. Also, see whether it is for you or no.

 2. Eat more protein-rich foods
Make sure you add protein-packed food items when you have your meals during the eating window as this nutrient helps in managing hunger and also prevents muscle loss. It also helps to subdue the side effects of fasting.

3. Stay hydrated
During fasting, you may end up dehydrated, so make sure you listen to your body and drink water as soon as you experience fatigue, dry mouth, thirst and headaches among others.

4. Keep your workout regimen mild
During intermittent fasting state, one can go for a low-intensity workout regime. For a few days, check whether you can cope up with exercising or no as you fast. One can do mild yoga, walking and house chores among others instead of hitting the gym.

5. Break your fast with a mild meal
Many tend to overeat and eat junk after fasting and the same can lead to stomach discomfort. So, try and break the fast with salad or a handful of nuts, wait for few minutes and then go ahead with a proper meal.

6. Do not fast when you are not well
During fasting, one can feel hungry, jaded and tired but if you have been falling sick then you should skip this eating pattern and be back to the normal one.

7. Meditation
Fasting can be difficult especially when you are not busy. During the state of fasting, one should be distracted from hunger and that's when meditation can come to rescue. One can also go for bath, read a book or listen to a podcast among others.

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