Riding The Hunger Waves
Fasting is a great way of inducing weight loss, but that doesn’t work so well if you can’t manage the feat of skipping an early breakfast. Pushing past the combined assault of hunger and lethargy is a major mission here, so you’ll want to be prepared.
If you don’t have a problem getting past breakfast, keep reading, because you might as well work on getting around lunch. Very much like slow-cooking, the longer the better. As someone who started at 14-16 hours of fasting, and has built up to an average fast of 19-22, with the occasional monster 46-hour version, here are my choice tips for improving your endurance.
1. Coffee Is Great, And It Doesn’t Have To Be Black
Caffeine is a great appetite suppressant, assuming you’re taking it in a decent enough dose. Tea can do the same trick hypothetically, but it’s going to take 5-10 times more to get the same effect. If you need your spot of milk to be able to mask the bitterness, don’t hold back, it’s not going to make a difference on the fast. Unless you’re putting the milk in first.
2. Make The Last Meal A Fat One
I don’t mean bringing home the fried chicken and chip combo, just that the final meal before the fast should ideally be a good-sized meal with plenty of protein and veggies. If it’s going to have to last you till noon the next day, you don’t want to be going to sleep starving.
3. Get A Gallon Jug
Drowning yourself in water is helping on many counts, and I’m going to highlight the enhanced fat loss by flushing, and the appetite suppressing by bloating. So keeping a big jug of delicious zero-calorie water is going to work wonders at keeping you occupied while you wait for release. I like to sip on one of these bad boys as a treat while I watch the latest episode of American Dad.
4. Don’t Watch The Clock
Research has shown that watching the seconds tick past can slow down time by up to 80%. After my last meal, I leave all the clocks in the house facedown until lunch.
5. But Get An App To Track The Time
Keep a scoreboard of your fasts to drive you into a little bit of competition. You can watch your average rise as you grow into it week by week. One bad day doesn’t matter if you still have all the successful ones already in the bank. I use Zero Calorie Fasting for my tracking, and can’t recommend it enough.
How Long Should You Fast?
If you’re looking for a diet that’s worth the time and effort, IF is a decent choice. I’ve rarely found it to be straight-up incompatible with a client, and it has an entry-level that’s not overly difficult. At least not if you plan for it.
Check out my other articles on Intermittent Fasting here
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