Intermittent Fasting: Step-by-step for Beginners 



Embarking into the unknown, such as intermittent fasting, can be exciting and intimidating, especially for beginners. Our step-by-step guide aims to provide a clear roadmap and insights to help you navigate this lifestyle approach seamlessly. 

*Intermittent fasting may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any underlying health conditions or concerns, it’s advisable to consult with healthcare professionals or a registered dietitian before starting.*

STEP 1: Educate Yourself on Intermittent Fasting

This means going back to the fundamentals! Do your study about the basic principles behind intermittent fasting and how it can positively impact your health, metabolism and your well-being. 

You understand your body BEST – oh wait, perhaps it’s your doctor! Explore the different methods of fasting, and how it best fits into your lifestyle and body needs. 

P/s CHEAT CODE We feed our loyal readers with the juiciest tips and doctors’ advice. TRY NOT to miss out if you are dead serious about intermittent fasting topic! 

STEP 2: Setting Your Goals

Wait a sec! Before you even start, ask yourself what you hope to achieve through intermittent fasting. 

It is about … 

  • Losing Weight & Reducing Body Fat? 
  • Better Blood Sugar Control? 
  • Improving Energy Level and Supercharge Focus?

Setting clear and realistic goals will help you stay motivated throughout your journey.

Keen? – Read more about the Unbelievable Benefits of Intermittent Fasting. 

STEP 3: Choosing the Right Fasting Method (for Yourself)

 There are a few intermittent fasting approaches, namely: 

  1. Time-Restricted Eating: The most popular 16/8  
  2. Alternate-Day Fasting: Alternate between fasting days and regular eating days 
  3. 5:2 Diet: Only restrict calorie intake on 2 non-consecutive fasting day 
  4. Eat-Stop-Eat: Full 24-hour fast once or twice a week 
  5. Warrior Diet: Having a short eating window of 4 hours 

 How would you decide which to pick – Eenie Meenie Miney Moo? Of course NOT! 

You may need to experiment with these different approaches – to find what works best for you and your lifestyle. Weigh the pros and cons of each methods in order to make an informed decision for yourself. Keep in mind to strike a balance between a fasting protocol that challenges you but remains sustainable in the long run. 

STEP 4: Starting Slow and Gradual

We’d love to be ambitious sometimes to accomplish our goals ASAP. But darlings, don’t bite off more than you can chew! 

Gradually incorporate the fasting habits by extending your overnight fasting period by an hour or two – a step at a time. Allow your body to adjust to the new eating schedule. 

And then, you increase your fasting duration over time as you become more comfortable. Ultimately making your transition a much smoother process. 

STEP 5: Meal Planning and Balance Nutrition

This is the most crucial step in ensuring your success. Equip yourself with the knowledge *eh hem* by following It’s Pieority. Learn how to wisely plan your meals that are nutrient-dense yet taste buds and tummy satisfying to stay aligned with your dietary preference.  

You should also learn about portion control, and incorporating a well-rounded diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats. 

Excusez-moi, this does not give you an excuse to indulge in unhealthy or processed foods during the eating window! 

STEP 6: Staying Hydrated

DON’T ever forget to stay properly hydrated while fasting. Besides drinking plenty of plain water throughout the day, you can also consume herbal tea, black coffee (no sugar) or other non-caloric beverages. 

AT LAST - STEP 7: Monitoring Progress

 Keep track of your progress and notice any changes in your overall health, energy levels and weight management. Constantly listen to your body’s signals and adjust your fasting schedule or approach whenever needed. 

It’s advisable to keep a journal or use mobile apps to monitor your progress effectively to stay motivated. 

Remember, intermittent fasting is a personal journey. It’s important to listen to your body, seek professional guidance when needed, and celebrate every milestone along the way – even small ones. We’d love for you to embrace the power of intermittent fasting and witness the positive changes it can bring to your life.

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