Sangati Jogwar

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  • When you overeat then the calorie deficit that can be achieved during fasting gets negated.
  • Thus the aim of losing weight is not reached.

Intermittent fasting is the latest most favoured diet for losing weight. In this type of diet, a window of 8 hours is kept open for eating whereas for the rest of the 16 hours, a person has to fast and not eat anything. While many people who have tried intermittent fasting have reported weight loss and more energy and good health, there are certain things that you need to avoid while doing intermittent fasting.

Binging on sugary foods and drinks

Even though you are allowed to eat for a limited period, you must ensure that you avoid binging on sugary beverages and sweets as it will spike your insulin levels. This can further disrupt the fasting state of your body and make you crave more such food items. Instead opt for herbal tea, water, or black coffee.

Avoid overeating

When you overeat then the calorie deficit that can be achieved during fasting gets negated and you end up eating more calories. Thus the aim of losing weight is not reached. To ensure that you benefit from intermittent fasting practice portion control and increase intake of healthy fats, fiber, and lots of protein.

Stay hydrated

There is a strong possibility that you may feel dehydrated during fasting. So make sure to drink plenty of water all through the day and keep an aim of drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day.

Avoid processed foods

Processed foods are packed with unhealthy fats and refined carbs that can disrupt your fasting goals and also hurt your overall health. Try to include nutrient-dense foods like lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Do not skip exercise

Regular exercise is the key to staying fit and fine. Make sure that while you are doing intermittent fasting, you continue exercising regularly. A mix of strength training and cardio routine is best for overall health and fitness.

Sound sleep is a must

Poor sleep can derail the working of your hunger hormones increasing cravings. These cravings make it harder for you to continue with the fasting schedule. Prioritise bedtime routine and create a comfortable environment for sleep to derive maximum benefits from intermittent fasting.

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