Fasting is an excellent way to improve your health, burn fat, and get tons of energy. Intermittent fasting has a reputation for helping women lose weight and belly fat quickly. Because you eat in short time frames, you generally consume less calories. Fasting also allows your body to function efficiently and can increase your metabolic rate, which burns more calories.
Unfortunately, there are still some misconceptions people have about intermittent fasting, that might be affecting their results.
1 – There Is No Way To Be Social
A lot of people complain that it can be difficult to do anything when they are the only ones trying to do a specific thing, but people seem to find ways around it anyway. How does that happen? The way to accomplish anything is to make sure that you’re prepared and that you’ve already considered many, or at least a few of the common things that you could encounter if you’re planning to fast.
How you deal with others during this time can be sensitive, especially because it’s human nature for people to share the foods and drinks that come from where they were born. With a small adjustment to your schedule, you can take a moment to break a very small amount of bread with friends and family.
It is not uncommon to fast on normal days, then don’t fast on days when you have social obligations.
2 – It is a Starvation Diet
This is a very common statement you will hear from people that don’t actually understand what intermittent fasting is and how it works. You hear the word “fasting” and automatically associate it with not eating.
But this is not a diet or a way to starve yourself of nutrients. In fact, you might even eat healthier while intermittent fasting than on other diets because with a shorter eating window, you are going to eat as healthy as you can.
Keep in mind that this type of fasting is often not for a long time. Fasting for 16 hours when 8 of those hours are you sleeping, isn’t actually very long when you really think about it.
3 – Skipping Breakfast Will Make You Gain Weight
People tend to think that if you don’t eat every day, your body will begin to think that it’s starving. The truth is that your body is a lot smarter than that.
There are many systems and signals at play, and the combinations of them are able to alert your body as to how serious your need for food might be based on your emotional responses that accompany them. The main reason to eat in the morning is because a large portion of life begins in the morning. Your mind needs fuel to do its job. That means giving it something it can use as the day goes on. Some women do not feel hungry first thing in the morning. Go with what your body is telling you. For example, if you are on the 16/8 intermittent fast schedule, maybe your 8 eating hours starts later in the morning. Listen to your body and always make the choices that will support your whole body health.