The “F” word can be scary for a lot of people, and by F-word I mean fasting, of course! While fasting seems extreme to some, but the ladies in my FASTer Way to Fat Loss know that it is an incredibly simple and effective way to turn your body into a fat burner! Since I have based the FASTer Way on intermittent fasting, I am often asked questions about how to implement this nutritional strategy. So, I plan on doing some periodic posts answering questions that come up about IF, Carb Cycling, Macros and the FASTer Way workouts. Today’s focus will be on fasting, and how to practically live an IF lifestyle.

During the FASTer Way, you have clients fast everyday. Why, and how do they do this?

During the FASTer Way, we shorten our eating window to 8 hours per day. Typically this looks like breaking our fast around noon, and eating until 8pm. The reason we use this style of intermittent fasting is because it gives the body time to rest and reset each day, keeping insulin levels low, and your metabolism working. This type of fasting allows us to burn fat while building lean calorie burning muscle, and optimizes mental clarity while curbing sugar cravings!

How Important is it to eat enough on training days?

During the FASTer Way program, we have two pretty heavy training days each week. On these days, it is incredibly important to fuel our bodies sufficiently. Because our eating window is shortened, this can sometimes feel like a lot to eat. While it is so important to eat well to fuel our body, I generally recommend eating until you are about 80% full. Because we focus on getting lots of protein and healthy fats in throughout this program, you will often feel satiated with less. Eat until you are almost full, then stop!

What do you do if you are hungry before you break your fast? Does your body adjust to the shortened eating windows?

Yes, you will adjust after a few weeks as your body moves from being a sugar burner to a fat burner. If you are feeling hungry before you break your fast: chew some gum, drink lots of water, have some coffee or tea, or drink some BCAA’s. If you have a schedule where you need to eat earlier in the day, that is totally fine, just move your eating window up, and stop eating earlier in the day.

Can you juice during your fasted window?

Yes! In fact, I’ve created a FASTer Way juice cleanse, that I’ll be testing out later this week. The key to juicing during your fasted window is to focus on green juices. Cold pressed juices have the fiber removed during the juicing process, so our bodies are able to soak in the nutrients while remaining at digestive rest; which is important for us to see maximum results. You can also use a cold pressed juice when you would normally break your fast (around noon) to extend your fast a couple more hours.

When can I use BCAA’s?

I drink my BCAA’s during my fasted period on low carb days. I also use them prior to and after my strength training workouts. BCAA’s are not required for the FASTer Way, but can make fasting a bit easier! Grab some of my favorite BCAA’s here!

The benefits of intermittent fasting are incredible when it comes to fat loss, energy levels and mental clarity. If you haven’t given it a try just yet, join me in my next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program.