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Intermittent Fasting Mistakes That Block You From Achieving Weight Loss

For those who are fans of and are currently following the intermittent fasting method of dieting, we have some really good news for you: new research has revealed that it really does work for most people.

In fact, it doesn’t “just” work. For overweight people, it can do more than that, since it can both promote weight loss and fat loss. It also improves your overall insulin sensitivity. In other words, it can help you lose some weight and help keep it that way. Moreover, it can preserve muscle mass and function and is known to optimize the immune system.

But what if it doesn’t seem to work in the first place?

Here are a few possible reasons as to why:

You’re still overeating

Fasting means that you purposely lower your calorie intake without counting it, but that doesn’t mean that you should consume high-calorie foods just to make up for it. After all, your body needs to store those extra calories somewhere.

You’re eating the wrong food

Fasting for a period of time doesn’t also mean that you eat a lot of junk food from time to time. Instead, make sure to get plenty of protein, fiber and good fat, which you can obtain from seeds, fish, quality meat, fruits and vegetables.

Your lifestyle isn’t good

How you take care of your body is just as important as what you put in it. This means proper exercise and proper sleep. You also need to make sure that your stress levels are at a minimum.

You don’t journal

Writing down what you eat and tracking the hours in between each meal can actually give you a pretty good idea of your progress and will definitely show you what’s working and what’s not.

You rely too much on coffee

After an overnight fast, there’s nothing more tempting than a fresh cup of coffee the morning after. But if you rely too much on it to dial down hunger, then it can also lead to weight gain and an increase in your blood glucose levels.

You’re not slowing down

For those starting out, it’s a good idea to take this dieting technique slowly rather than jumping into a 24-hour full blown fast. The latter will most likely just end in a disaster.