Fasting diets have become the new popular way to lose weight these days and there are plenty of options to pick from, from the 5:2 diet, involving two days a week eating between 500-600 calories, to the Eat-Stop-Eat approach that includes a 24-hour fast.
Some are more extreme than others and shouldn’t be taken on lightly, but if you are going to go ahead with one, make sure you do it right!
When fasting, you’re altering your metabolism, as your body works harder to make the energy stored more accessible with less food. Lowering calories also decreases our insulin levels, which helps aid fat burning and works towards weight loss, and fasting diets have also shown you can retain muscle too!
But the real key is eating right as the last thing you want is to starve and fall back into bad eating habits on your non-diet days. Here are some great and tasty goods you can fill up on while fasting!
Brown rice, oatmeal and quinoa all make the cut and can be incorporated into all meals, from a savoury dinner dish to a sweet desert. Packed full of fibre, these foods give you energy and help balance blood sugar levels, making them great all round.
Get some spinach, chard and kale into your meals as they’re not only low in calories and carbohydrates, but they are also super nutritious and boast high fibre levels. Furthermore, they boast antioxidants, which will make you look and feel good both on the inside and outside!
These give you your protein, with chicken and lean beef both famous for their high levels. It’s extremely important to tuck into protein as it helps you burn calories, aiding your weight loss journey by cutting down cravings too.
The snacks of the gods, nuts boast protein, soluble fibres and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, known to boost heart health. They lower high cholesterol levels and keep you full so just a small handful can make the world of difference to your diet.
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