Don’t be afraid to experiment

As long as intermittent fasting doesn’t negatively affect your relationship with food and make you feel too guilty or too restricted, feel free to play around.

Ultimately, there are no set rules when it comes to intermittent fasting, so what works for one person may not feel comfortable for you.

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Intermittent fasting

A style of eating that divides each day into two simple windows: one where you may be eating and one where you don’t.

This eating pattern is popular for its effectiveness as a weight-loss strategy, its potential to reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, and its ability to lower blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity.

Repeating positive affirmations to yourself — “This is going to be great!” — might help get into a productive flow.

Convincing yourself that you want to do it or that you’ll feel so much better if you stick to it is easier than trying to force yourself into it.

To avoid the morning munchies, look at the last meal you ate before starting your fast: Did it have enough fiber? Protein? Whole grains? Are you hydrated? Filling up with balanced and satiating foods before your fast will keep you fuller longer.

Of course, if you’re nearing the end of your fast and no amount of black coffee will fill the void, breaking your fast early is not the end of the world. 

Throughout history, people have fasted for religious purposes, to make a political statement, to cure illnesses, and before certain medical procedures, among other things. 

If you know people who fast for reasons outside of weight loss, someone who maybe does it for spiritual reasons, having a conversation about motivations from another point of view may be helpful.

Behavior change is hard, because we become comfortable with our patterns. It up takes a great deal of mental energy until it becomes habit.

Intermittent fasting challenges the “three meals a day plus snacks” style of eating we are so accustomed to, in which it’s easy to feel like you should take in a meal, even when you’re not hungry, simply because it’s lunchtime.

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Intermittent fasting
It's not a diet, it's a pattern of eating, a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. It doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.

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Spontaneous meal skipping

In most scenarios, you don't need to follow a structured intermittent fasting plan in order to reap its benefits.

Skip meals from time to time when you're inclined to do so because you're not that hungry or too busy to cook. It's spontaneous but make sure to eat healthier during the other meals.

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Fasting means abstinence of some or all food for a period of time.

Intermittent fasting ranges from eating a few calories all day every other day or several times a week to fasting for 16 hours or more every day.

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