#1. Overcoming Hunger Craves
This is BIG… and overcoming your inner Dennis the Menace is important to achieving the health benefits of Intermittent Fasting. Especially in the last few hours of fasting, both your mind and body will be screaming at you, “YOU NEED TO EAT!”. Don’t worry, your body has plenty of energy. All it happens is because it’s running out of sugar reserves and your body relies on this. It will be challenging but this is the most important since we need to push our body to use fat for energy and getting past our cravings makes this happen. Being mentally strong along with the right supplements and/or beverages can help get you through this important stage.
#2. Struggling with Low Energy
Feeling low energy and less productive is common for most people start doing intermittent fasting, especially for those used to eat lots of snacks or meals throughout the day, and suddenly can’t. Besides, you may feel like you will have less energy or motivation to maintain your exercise habits. Don’t worry, it’s because your body hasn’t adapted to your new eating habit. Many give up intermittent fasting soon and miss out all the benefits of it, including weight loss, extending lifespan, supporting heart health, preventing cancer and so much more.
#3. Over-Indulging During Your Meal Times
Over-indulging is a common mistake for most people when they first start doing IF. I have to admit, I was guilty of this. After your Fasting period, knowing that what you eat is not as strict as other diets, you get into “beast” mode and eat like there’s no tomorrow.
You need to have self-discipline and eat normally. After a few weeks, you will start getting used to it and find yourself eating normally… but you need to make sure at the beginning you control this. Otherwise, you’re contradicting what IF will do for you.
#4. Fighting A Slow Metabolism
When you do intermittent fasting, your metabolic rate goes down. Part of this is because of the muscle loss caused by weight loss. Besides, severe calorie restriction over a long period can cause your metabolic rate to drop, as your body enters the so-called starvation mode (or “adaptive thermogenesis”). Your body does this to conserve energy as a natural defense against starvation.