As you know, the FASTer Way to Fat Loss is based upon a few different cutting edge nutritional strategies: intermittent fasting, carb cycling and macro counting. However, the key distinguishing factor is our emphasis on fasting.

While fasting may sound a bit intimidating, most of my clients find it way simpler than they had originally thought it would be. In fact, it usually ends up being one of their favorite things about the program.

How do you survive your first round of intermittent fasting? Here are a few tips!

Start slowly.

I practice a 16/8 intermittent fasting: 16 hours of fasting, 8 hours of eating. However, if you’ve never fasted before, you don’t have start with such a big fasting window. I highly recommend starting with a 12 hour fast. Cut off your eating at 7 or 8pm, then don’t eat breakfast until 12 hours later. You can gradually increase the length of your fast an hour at a time, until you reach the 16 hour mark. In addition, don’t feel as though you have to start fasting everyday. I recommend starting with Sundays. Cut off your eating at 7pm on Saturday night, then don’t eat anything until after church on Sunday. This will help you dip your toes into the intermittent fasting lifestyle without feeling too overwhelmed.

Keep Hydrated.

While fasting, it is super important that you stay hydrated. In addition to water, it is totally acceptable to drink black coffee, herbal teas and BCAA’s. Use these to get through your fast with ease and to keep your mind from wandering to the various snacks in your pantry!

Stay busy.

The best tool for making it through your fasting period is to stay busy. In fact, productivity is one of my favorite side effects of intermittent fasting. Because you aren’t worried about fixing your next meal, or scarfing down a quick snack, you can focus on work, and getting things done. And, staying busy keeps your mind from thinking about food, and helps you get through your fasting period with ease!

Intermittent fasting has some phenomenal benefits that not only help my clients burn fat effectively, but that helps my clients to feel their best. The overall improvement in health, energy and productivity make the strategy a lot simpler to implement than many believe it to be. In fact, I am not usually hungry at all during my fasting window and find that the longer I practice IF, the more accustomed to the strategy my body becomes! FASTer Way clients know the power of intermittent fasting. Want to try it out for yourself? Check out the next round of my FASTer Way to Fat Loss and learn how to combine this strategy with carb cycling, macro counting and effective workouts!

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