Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. More importantly, it's a way of life. It really has nothing to do with the foods you can eat, but when you eat them.
Relatively simple and straightforward, the most popular way to intermittent fast is the 16/8 Method. This involves skipping breakfast and eating only within an 8-hour period of the day, while fasting for the other 16. But the question we often get asked, is what are you allowed to drink during those other 16 hours, in order to not break your fast and lose weight more effectively?
During the fasted state, your body cannot ingest anything with caloric value. That means no juice, no milk, no protein shakes, no milkshakes, no smoothies. Once in a fasted state, your body will increase its ability to burn body fat and reduce your appetite. The first few days can be challenging, but after that, you’ll experience no difference in hunger levels and you’ll actually adapt to the absence of food relatively quickly.
The following beverages will help you lose weight in the most effective and efficient way during your intermittent fast, promoting cellular detoxification, a healthy gut, and aid in metabolic reset.
No, we’re not joking. Believe it or not, baking soda has some amazing health benefits. Drinking baking soda during your intermittent fast can help digestive issues, bloating, fatigue, muscle soreness, and also aids in stomach acidity and pH levels.
Add 1tsp with water and choke it down
Also known as Sodium Sulfur Decahydrate or neutral salt with a pH balance of 7. This bad boy is traditionally used as a mild laxative but is very effective in helping your intermittent fast.
Drink 5-20g of Glauber's salt with any of the beverages below during your intermittent fast to help reduce bloating and cleanse your digestive tract
Herbal teas taste great and can be extremely calming and soothing after your workout, or at the end of the day. Herbal teas can help stabilize hunger and detoxify your body, help with sleep, reduce inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and reduce body fat.
Try drinking Green Tea, Oolong, Mint Tea, White Tea, or Rooibos during your intermittent fast to help with hunger and cravings
I didn’t put this first on the list for a reason. To scare the shit out of you. And yes, it worked. Coffee is life and when you intermittent fast, you can keep drinking this ethnic beauty. Coffee helps burn body fat, has laxative properties, controls better blood sugar regulation, and polyphenol count.
Drink your coffee black, or with added fat to reduce raising your blood sugar. We suggest (MCT, Coconut Oil, Half-n-Half, or plain creamer)
Adding fat will help reduce hunger and increase satiation, while still promoting a caloric deficit. Be careful though, too much coffee can activate the production of cortisol, which produces insulin. Stick with drinking two cups in the morning during your intermittent fast.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The secret ingredient to your intermittent fast is Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial properties, no calories, and some superstar minerals such as (potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium) which kills bad gut bacteria, and helps reset your metabolism. Apple cider vinegar does not break your fast, it just enhances it.
Take 1-2tsp with water and lemon juice in the morning to regulate blood sugars and digestion, to increase insulin sensitivity.
If it’s hard for you to drink water, then mix it up. You can have carbonated water, or water with electrolytes, to help fight increased fatigue.
Our recommendation, add pink Himalayan salt or rock salt to prevent hyperthyroidism. Including salt and potassium could bring your energy back and reduce fatigue levels. Drink bottled, distilled, or filtered water for added minerals.
Of course, you don't HAVE to drink any of these things during your intermittent fast, besides water (duh) if you don't want to. These additions will simply make your intermittent fast more effective in detoxifying your body, so that you can reset your metabolism and lose weight faster.
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