Intermittent fasting for fat loss and improving health is much easier than our relegious fasts, as you are allowed to drink water, black tea, coffee or cup -a -soup (I use qtr of a halaal stock cube which is about qtr carb, added to a mug of boiling water).
Small amounts of stevia, xylitol or erythritol can be used to sweeten your beverages. You could also add a tsp of butter or coconut oil into your beverage for added energy. Many prefer not to, as they would rather have their bodies burn bodyfat instead One could use a pinch of himalayan salt in water esp if feeling low blood pressure. It’s also okay to boil low carb vegetables in water, remove them and consume the water only, minus the veg during Intermittent Fasting. The veg can be eaten later in the feasting stage.
Apple cider vinegar or a splash of lemon, in water should also be OK to consume, however try to use a straw to drink it with, to safeguard your tooth enamel from eroding with contact as its acidic. Never use honey, sugar or dates to sweeten during Intermittent Fasting as they will knock you out of ‘fat burning’ and back into ‘burning glucose for fuel’. They could however be used in small amounts in the feasting stage.
Most people find extended overnite fasting easiest as you are sleeping for most of those hours, however see what suits you best. Start off by doing 12: 12 ( 12 hrs fasting and 12 hours feasting or eating time) as in 8p.m. till 8 a.m for example. Over time try and build up to longer hrs of fasting till you can reach 16: 8 (16 hrs fasting n 8 hrs feasting). The key to doing Intermittent Fasting with success is to find what works for you and to do it regularly and consistently.
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