6 Ways To Help You Get Through Hunger Pains When Intermittent Fasting
2. Make a Commitment
It helps to self-motivate because you are your best cheerleader. Find ways that help hold yourself accountable to your goals. For instance, you can tell yourself that you won’t have your favorite dessert with dinner if you break your schedule.
A good strategy is to also include your friends and family, not to necessarily partake in the diet too, but to cheer you on and help make this easier for you, however they can. For example, your spouse can make sure you stop eating after your 8-hour window, and a work colleague can keep an eye on your desk for stray food before noon.
Additionally, meditating has helped many stay positive and achieve better mental health – both of which will be necessary during your fasting period.
3. Drink Carbonated Water or Water with Salt
Right before and after your fast – and during your fast, too – drink a glass or two of water to stay hydrated. Water helps to curb feelings of hunger, and carbonated water does an even better job at that.
Some people report adding salt to their water as well. You might want to consider potassium salt, since potassium and sodium are essential for your body’s hydration. There is even electrolyte powder on the market that you can add to your water (just make sure there are no added sugars).
4. Eat Foods High in Fiber and Carbs
When planning your meals, be sure to include a lot of vegetables and fruit in your diet. Not only are those foods high in nutrients that help you feel fuller longer and with less caloric intake, but they’re generally good for you anyway!
Try eating a sandwich with multi-grain bread with a side salad of romaine lettuce and tomatoes for lunch, an apple or orange for a snack, and a large plate of roasted vegetables – including broccoli and asparagus – with dinner.
5. Do not Overeat
It’s common for many people who are new to fasting to think that it doesn’t matter how much you eat, as long as you eat within a restricted time frame. Remember that it’s also about caloric restriction, too.
Additionally, eating large meals can make you feel tired and groggy after your body uses up all its energy to process all that food. Control your portions, and you’ll manage your hunger better.
6. Stay Busy
Research has shown that people tend to eat when they’re bored, and oftentimes the foods they choose are unhealthy, or they eat too much, because the idea of boredom is too much to bear.
Exercise is a great way to keep yourself occupied, while also staying fit and boosting the benefits from fasting. And as mentioned before, since fasting can help boost mental functions, use this newfound clarity to get productive. Is there a side business you’ve always wanted to start? A project at home that seems to always be pushed off? Children that you need to spend more quality time with? Or maybe a local group of people who are fasting that you can join?
Fasting is difficult for anyone, so don’t feel discouraged if you’re having a hard time with it. It gets easier, especially if you’re doing it properly and with a support system. Try the tips above to help you through this journey.