When you are wanting to transform yourself whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually – it is a tall task. A transformation is something that takes dedication, it is a term described as a “dramatic change”. Nothing worth a damn in life comes free, and this relates to losing weight.
Losing weight is something that doesn’t come naturally for most. For most, it is obnoxious, hard work, and not fun at all. This all may be true but looking at it from a different perspective may be the key to get through it. A key, that although may be difficult is very attainable.
Fasting will boost you results tremendously. We are going to break down 10 simple but very useful fasting hacks to get you through a few days of intermittent fasting to start. These fasting hacks can be applied over a more extensive fasting experience as well.
Difficult is a relative term
To get over fear and tackle the unknown…you just have to start the climb! Get over the idea of not eating for a few hours or a few days as “impossible”. This has been done for centuries and it actually can help you live a longer life. Fasting can clear gut problems, can increase energy levels, and boost mental clarity. So see this as a new experience, a new opportunity – and most importantly see it as moving forward as a human being by promoting you own health.
We will dive into 4 useful fasting hacks that come in handy when facing the hunger urge. These hacks are all mental games and are very useful to lose some unwanted weight. Below is a list of the 10 hacks being discussed, lets get into the not eating thing!
- Light Exercise
- Stay Busy
It goes without really needing to say, but holding yourself accountable is how you need to start any fast. Whether you are just starting an intermittent trial run or a 5-day water fast, accountability is a must. Making sure you stick to what you set out for will help you to continue on.
I know for me I usually express to my wife my expectations before doing anything, especially fasting. This way I am holding myself accountable by telling her what my plan is. If I fall through on my expectations I will never hear the end of it, which is the entire point of accountability.
Starting out small and moving it forward a notch or two every time you start new. Or you can go the complete other route and shoot for the moon and see where you fall. This may be a bit more degrading because you more than likely fail the first time, but you have a good measure of what you are capable of. A great way to keep you goals in mind it to write it all down.
Journal – Write it Down
Holding yourself accountable is one thing but actually writing it down will solidify you intentions. Keeping a journal will keep you ambitious and feel like you are achieving something – well…because you will be.
I am fascinated with how much weight you can lose fasting in such a short period. When keeping a journal of a fasting trek I like to keep the following jotted down daily.
- Hours of sleep
- Hours I have went without eating (or countdown if you have set out for a specific duration)
- Inches (waist, arms, neck and legs – I do this at the beginning and end)
- How I am feeling
- Intake of water in ounces
- Workout details
These are just the items that like to jot down. Everyone will find something more important than the other. Just remembering to keep a journal will help you reflect when you are done. What worked, what didn’t – when you will be scheduling you next regimen. Another thing to keep you busy is to work out lightly.
Light exercise may seem backwards if you aren’t eating at all, but it actually couldn’t be more beneficial to the end goal…depending on what that goal is. If you goal is to lose some weight and get healthier, then yes, light exercise will boost you results. If you are just challenging yourself to see how long you can go without eating (which would be a little
weird) but hey whatever – then maybe cut back on the light exercise.
When fasting I like to get in some very light cardio (like a mile on the treadmill at a slow pace) and then 45 min to an hour of some light lifting. I feel great afterward and oddly enough you can feel a boost in you exercise habits. For me it is great to go to the gym and not have heartburn…for reals.
Light exercise will speed up the weight loss process and it more importantly keeps you busy, that is the next hack on the list. Staying busy.
Exercise is a great tool to stay busy, unfortunately you will probably not be able to exercise all day. Staying busy will most certainly keep you mind off of food. And honestly the first 1-2 days is by far the worst when transforming you body to a fasted state – whether it be intermittent or not.
It really is pretty easy for me to stay busy. Playing with kiddos, doing laundry, reading going on a jog or hike with my wife. These are few simple items that I am sure you can use you imagination to utilize.
Weird but True
Something I found oddly satisfying was cooking actually. This may see a bit weird but it is true. When was doing a longer fast I would cook for the fam and loved it. I would focus so much on details and really created some Julia Child masterpieces. The reason I am expressing this – it really doesn’t matter what you do to stay busy, just stay busy.
Simple and Successful
These may seem like overly simplified natural reactions but believe they aren’t. The natural reaction to not eating will be to…eat. Fasting is a mental game. Being able to hold yourself accountable for whatever reason you deem necessary.
- to fit in a dress
- to lose that last little bit of belly fat
- to gain more energy
- to get chiseled like a superhero
It all starts with a vision and a goal in mind. Simple tasks done one step at a time will get you to the promise land. I encourage everyone to at least try intermittent fasting for a day or two. You will reap benefits you are thinking aren’t possible right now.
I encourage anyone to comment below on you fasting hacks or adventures, I look forward to the discussion. Until then,
thanks for reading and have a pleasantly uncomfortable day