Follow these 5 thumb rules to make the most of intermittent fasting for weight loss

Updated on: 14 March 2022, 11:00 am IST

Are you looking to pace up your metabolism, and maintain good health? Try these intermittent fasting tips!

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Intermittent fasting must be done right! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

There’s no chance that you may have not come across intermittent fasting. This trend has been everywhere now, and we aren’t complaining! Before we get to how you should practice this method of fasting, it is important to understand what it really is. For the uninitiated, It is all about abstaining from food entirely or partially for a set period of time before you start eating regularly again. The best part is that this method helps to reduce weight, and rev up your metabolism and cardiovascular health. Knowing the right intermittent tips will go a long way in helping you reach your goals.

Let’s get to the rules now, as advised by none other than popular nutritionist Dimple Jangda. In her recent Instagram post, she shares some intermittent fasting tips that are sure to change your life. Are you ready to know?

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Intermittent fasting is the go-to diet for a lot of people who wish to lose weight. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5 intermittent fasting tips for weight loss

1. Intermittent fasting always begins at sunset

There’s no cheat code here, ladies. You can’t be noshing on all those fried foods, and desserts, and then suddenly embark on IF the following day. You need to rest your digestive system, so STOP eating after sunset. Yes, you must say goodbye to those 9-course meals at 10 or 12 am, if you plan to try intermittent fasting.

2. Break your fast after sunrise

If you want to practice intermittent fasting the right way, break the fast only after sunrise. That’s because this kind of fasting is in sync with the positions of the sun. Easy, right? This trick will also help to guide you better about when to begin and stop fasting.

3. Have a small breakfast, big lunch, and a small dinner

You may have heard of the phrase, ‘eat breakfast like a king’. Well no, have a wholesome breakfast but not a big one. You should instead focus on getting the maximum amount of healthy calories at lunch hour. At night, it’s again about having fewer calories. Whatever you eat throughout the day, try and have nutritious food.

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Think of your body type before undertaking intermittent fasting. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Intermittent fasting varies based on your body type

Yes, this is something most people don’t tell you – that intermittent fasting must be done as per body type. As per Ayurveda, a Vata body type can do 12 hours of intermittent fasting, while Pita and Kapha body types can practice 12-14 hours, and 14-16 hours of Iintermittent fasting respectively.

5. You cannot break you intermittent fast with caffeine

There’s a high likelihood that you may want to have that huge cuppa, but refrain from doing so post your fasting period. Instead, have 200 ml warm water with a little ghee or squeeze in some lemon. You could also add a pinch of cinnamon!

6. If you are on heavy drugs, or steroids, don’t fast

In case you are having such medication, do not practice intermittent fasting at all. If you have any questions, check with your doctor.

Check out Dimple Jangda’s post on intermittent fasting:

What are some types of fasting?

In an earlier post, Jangda has shared her views on fasting, and how it can be beneficial for the body. Here are some kinds of fasts along with their benefits:

1. Dry fasting: Helps reduce inflammation in the body, and controls water retention
2. Water fasting: Helps reduce inflammation, and detoxifies the liver
3. Fruit fasting: Helps to enhance your digestion and gut flora
4. Fruit and vegetable fasting: Helps reverse diseases if done for many days
5. One meal fasting: Helps create discipline in the mind
6. Salt-free fasting: In this case, it includes having only puffed rice and roasted chana as one meal. It helps reduce inflammation, water retention, and bloating.
7. Intermittent fasting: 12-hour fasting for the liver

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

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