9 Intermittent Fasting Tips & Tricks For Beginners

by Allie McCormick

During the month of May 2018, I gave intermittent fasting a try.

I lost 10 pounds, 4 inches and 3% body fat with moderate exercise and no specific diet.

In fact, I went completely off the rails in the end and still had good results.

Though this does not make me an intermittent fasting expert, I can say that I learned a ton during my little experiment.

Today I’d like to share my best intermittent fasting tips & tricks for beginners!

 

9 Intermittent Fasting Tips & Tricks

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1- Start With A Meal Plan

It’s true that you don’t have to diet hardcore when you first start intermittent fasting. Just eating less often will help you shed pounds — at least in the beginning. 

But as time goes by you will find you either stop losing weight, or start to gain the weight back if you don’t switch up your diet. 

For this reason, it’s best to start with a meal plan straight out of the gate! Knowing what you’re going to eat and when will help you not only lose weight — but keep it off! 

To help get you started on the right foot, I created these delicious, nutritious, low-calorie meal plans! Pair them with intermittent fasting and you’ll lose weight so fast you’ll think it’s magic!

 

2- Exercise Helps… Kinda

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If you’re thinking exercising while fasting might be more challenging than when in a fed state, you’d be wrong… kinda.

You see, it depends on the kind of exercise you do.

In my experience, low-intensity steady state (LISS) activity, such as walking at a moderate pace, actually helps curb hunger pangs.

On days I engaged in this type of activity I felt great and experienced little hunger.

It’s more vigorous exercise that did me in.

Lifting heavy weights, running at high speeds for long periods of time and interval training was too taxing for a fasted state.

Eating first was the only way I could get it done.

 

3- Water is your best friend

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I know you’ve heard this before for every reason imaginable, but seriously.

When intermittent fasting, water really is your best friend.

Staying hydrated keeps you feeling fuller longer and makes you feel better overall.

Many times, we think we’re hungry, but we really are thirsty.

I ran through about a gallon of water most days during my intermittent fasting experiment.

This’ll remain one of my top intermittent fasting tips, for sure!

 

A Tip To Drink More Water

Some people really get bored with drinking plain water. Believe me, I understand.

One thing I do is add a few Mio Drops to my water, and it makes a huge difference!

If you don’t know about these, Mio Drops are zero-calorie, zero-carb, sugar-free water enhancers that come in a tiny squirt bottle.

You just squeeze a couple drops into your water and you’re good to go!

You can find them at grocery stores, but I just buy mine on Amazon because it’s like a dollar cheaper per bottle.

I grab many at a time because I like to have different flavors. The Fruit Punch is the best one, imo, but I also like Raspberry Pomegranate a lot too.

 

 

4- Try The Salt Trick

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On the Reddit intermittent fasting forum, many suggest when you feel hungry, try salt.

Literally just dab a little bit of salt on your tongue and drink some water, they say.

I tried this on a few occasions and surprisingly, it works!

I don’t know why that is, but I find it pretty cool.

 

5- Use A Planner To Track Your Progress

Tracking your goals and progress is so much fun!

Maybe I’m just a sucker for data, but like with days counters for sobriety, seeing how far I’ve come with anything makes me more likely to stick with it.

This intermittent fasting planner is the BEST tracking solution… check it out!

 

 6- Eating Clean Helps

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Eating clean has enormous health benefits and can help you achieve your weight loss goals much faster.

One of the best benefits of intermittent fasting is that it is not a diet.

It restricts when you eat, not what you eat.

You could theoretically fast perfectly and survive on donuts and french fries.

But here’s the thing…

Eating whole, home-cooked foods makes it so much easier.

The few times I ate fast food I was insatiable and craved more and more.

I got stuck in a miserable feedback loop that just wouldn’t quit.

I finally pulled it together, ate home-cooked for 1-2 days, and my appetite was instantly corrected.

 

7- Black coffee is your friend, toointermediate fasting weight loss two week transformation

Some people add artificial sweetener to their coffee.

Others add even a little creamer.

In my experience, plain, black coffee gives a clean energy boost with zero calories.

This makes it perfect for fasting.

It’s not the most appetizing, but I got used to it over time.

On hot days I’d take a sugar-free energy drink and noticed it was a little harder to make it to my feeding window.

Some say even the fake sweetener spikes insulin response the same as real sugar does, leading to false sensations of hunger.

I don’t know how true that is.

But from anecdotal evidence, I did find black coffee to be the best.

Sometimes you just gotta deviate though!

 

8- Stick to a schedule if possible

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While it took some time toggling around to figure out what pattern worked best for me, sticking to it as much as possible when I did figure it out was helpful.

Finishing eating between 6 and 7 pm and starting again between 10 and 11 am the next day was easy peasy in the end.

The one time I ate super late at 10:30 pm and had to wait until 2:30 the next day was VERY challenging.

Equally as catastrophic was eating as early as 3:30 pm, not feeling hungry at all later, skipping my 6-7 pm meal and then getting hungry later before bed.

For me, I need to make sure I eat my evening meal, but not too late!

Bottom line is you need to find what works best for you and try to stick to it as much as possible.

 

9- Be kind to yourself

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The best of all the intermittent fasting tips is to be kind to yourself.

If you’re really hungry, eat.

Even if you’re not really hungry but you feel you really can’t make it that day, still eat. This is not deprivation or punishment.

Don’t start a fast on a holiday or special occasion.

Allow yourself the freedom to enjoy your life.

Dine with friends and family.

Have fun.

Enjoy your meals!

Take it easy.

Don’t jump head first into a marathon fast and make yourself miserable.

Be kind to yourself.

Enjoy the process of listening to your body and getting to know yourself better.

Enjoy the increased focus you get when you’re not breaking up what you’re working on to run and go eat.

Appreciate the digestive ease and effortless weight loss.

Delight in feeling lighter on your feet.

Experience the pleasure of reduced cravings and more mindful eating.

I know intermittent fasting as a whole sounds weird, but it should be a pleasant experience for you.

If it’s not, change something.

It’s about self-love, not deprivation.

 

Want To Lose Weight REALLY Fast?

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With intermittent fasting, you generally don’t have to alter your diet too much in the beginning to see some weight loss. But, a) sometimes you want BIG weight lost and b) you want it FAST!

If you need to lose weight really fast and jumpstart your fat loss process, try the smoothie diet!  

It’s a weight loss program that includes all the tools you need to lose weight, from a simple daily plan, tons of quick, easy, delicious smoothie recipes, and step-by-step instructions to walk you through the entire process. 

It’s a three-week program but honestly, you will start to lose weight in just two or three days.

After one week you’ll be super happy. And if you make it to two weeks your mind will be completely blown!

It works so well you’ll think it’s magic. But it’s not. It’s real weight loss and fat loss that will give you the confidence boost you need.

I used it when I fell off track once and fat started melting off right away

Check out the smoothie diet right now!  

Good luck! 

-Allie

 

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