Intermittent fasting detailed diet plan
So, you think this diet plan could be for you and you’ve got your ‘fasting days’ already planned out in your head… what next? You need to make a loose plan of your meal schedule to ensure you aren’t left too hungry during a fast. The idea of fasting can sometimes be overwhelming if you’ve never done it before and it’s understandable to be slightly sceptical. But all in all, it isn’t as scary as it sounds.
Another benefit of this diet plan is once you try it, it’s likely you’ll find yourself staying fuller for longer in addition to having a grasp on the basics of a healthy diet. The nutrients you will intake on your ‘non-fasting days’ will provide you with the energy needed to enhance your on-going weight loss journey, in a healthy way.
During your non-fasting days, it is important to eat a healthy diet that is rich in the following 10 foods.
10 foods to eat on an intermittent fasting diet plan:
- Beans and Legumes
- Whole Grains
Weight loss following the intermittent fasting diet.
The weight you can expect to lose when following any type of intermittent fasting diet plan, whether that’s the 5:2 diet, the 16:8 diet or another of the various options out there, will vary greatly between people.
The main factors that will determine how much weight you lose and the rate you lose it at are:
- Your starting weight
- The pattern of eating used (e.g. 5:2)
- The types of food consumed
- How much food is consumed
It is likely your weight loss results won’t present themselves for at least a couple of weeks, largely due to initial water weight for the fasting/low-calorie days. The time before you see results can be minimised by:
- Loosely restricting the amount you’re eating on your non-fasting days. The bottom line of successful weight loss is a balance of calories in vs calories out.
- Adhering closely to when you’re eating as a priority over what you’re eating. That’s the key to this specific diet.
Our top tips on an intermittent fasting diet:
- Ensure your non-fasting days are full of healthy foods
- Sticking to your fasting periods strictly
- Carrying a healthy snack at all times to avoid temptation!
Pros: Convenience! And the ease of eating a normal ‘healthy’ diet on non-fasting diet
Cons: Weight loss results are unlikely to be immediate due to water weight
Intermittent fasting not ticking all the boxes for you? Don’t lose hope, there are a range of weight-loss diets that see real results, it all depends on your individual requirements. We’re all human at the end of the day! Have a look at the variety of other diet plans so you can slip into that dress size you’re picturing.