Last Updated on January 26, 2023 by Lori Geurin
Excellent nutrition is crucial if you want to lose weight, gain muscle and radiate health and vitality, especially during intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a concept that has been around for ages. It is not about what foods you choose to eat. But it is all about the timing of when you eat and don’t eat, cycling between periods of feasting and fasting.
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The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting Video
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Intermittent Fasting Nutrition Facts
People say you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight while fasting.
And while this may be true to an extent, if you want the best results, you need to upgrade your diet. Make healthy choices when nourishing your body with real, wholesome food.
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Intermittent Fasting: What To Eat For Best Results
Here are a few simple tips to improve your nutrition while practicing intermittent fasting.
- Include a serving of protein with each meal or snack. Examples include plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, whole eggs, chicken breast, grass-fed beef, fish, whey protein, lentils, chickpeas, nutritional yeast, quinoa, and a can of tuna or beans. You may enjoy these easy-to-make protein pancakes or these high-protein snack recipes.
- Eat plenty of leafy green and cruciferous vegetables, such as spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.
- Include healthy fats, such as grass-fed butter, coconut, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and nut butter.
- If you’re in the mood for something sweet, fruit is an excellent choice. Or, check out the next option…
- A bit of dark chocolate (at least 70-80% cocoa) contains antioxidants and makes a delicious and indulgent treat.
- Complex carbohydrates, including sweet potatoes, brown rice, oats, and quinoa, are okay if you can reach your weight loss goals. But remember that if your weight loss is stalling, you may want to eat smaller portions (or cut these foods entirely until you reach your goal weight) and see if that helps.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Coffee and green tea are healthy beverages you can include in your periods of fasting. Check out this Delicious and Healthy Coffee Recipe.
- Avoid simple sugars and simple carbohydrates found in white bread and baked goods.
- Avoid packaged and processed foods.
(Learn about clean fasting to improve your fasting results.)
Summary – Intermittent Fasting And What To Eat
To sum up, intermittent fasting is a timing concept, cycling between periods of feasting and fasting.
It’s essential to nourish your body with healthy foods such as protein-rich foods, healthy fats, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Some people tolerate complex carbohydrates fine, but this may be something to watch if you have trouble meeting your weight loss goals.
Finally, avoid sugary, simple carbohydrates and prepackaged foods. And always drink plenty of water.
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Do you do intermittent fasting? What do you eat?