6 Ways To Help You Get Through Hunger Pains When Intermittent Fasting
Whatever reason an individual may decide to restrict their eating time – whether it’s to lose weight, enhance their overall health, or for religious reasons – most people can agree that the idea of eating much less often sounds difficult. And for many people, it can be.
Just like any habit you have in life, changing your daily routine can be hard. This is especially true about consuming food, which is something we as humans all have in common. Eating at specific times is so ingrained into our schedules that people often feel like fasting is too disruptive to their set lifestyles.
But it doesn’t have to be difficult! In fact, you may find that fasting can aid in daily productivity and mental clarity. On Stanford University’s Law and Biosciences blog, studies on intermittent fasting have shown that the diet can improve your brain health.
According to the researchers, intermittent fasting can increase “…synaptic plasticity (a biological marker of learning and memory), enhances performance on memory tests in the elderly, leads to the growth of new neurons, promotes recovery after stroke or traumatic brain injury, decreases risk for neurodegenerative diseases […] and may improve quality of life and cognitive function for those already diagnosed with these diseases. [Intermittent energy restriction] has also been shown to play a preventative and therapeutic role in mood disorders like anxiety and depression.”
With possible benefits like that, who wouldn’t want to try fasting? But even as the positive benefits stack up, you can’t deny that there are some challenges to participating in this diet, like rearranging your schedule, dealing with feelings of hunger, etc.
To help you on your new journey, here are some tips from people who have fasted and continue to do so.
Like any good battle strategy, it’s important that you prepare before you start. This may include a visit to your general practitioner to check for health conditions that may be adversely affected by dieting.
Then, it’s time to put pen to paper and plan out your week. First, write down the events that cannot be changed, like your work schedule or classes at school. Then, find holes in your calendar where you can sit and enjoy a meal. If you’re abstaining from food for 16 hours a day, then be sure that your meal times are within that 8-hour window. For those with a 9-5 job, a typical eating schedule may be a lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm.
Other things to plan out include your grocery list, cooking schedule for when you want to prep your meals, and making sure that leisurely time with friends and family won’t disrupt your fasting schedule, and vice-versa.