Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ by Life + Style Blogger, Heather Brown // My Life Well Loved

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Y’all have seriously been blowing my mind throughout the first bit of this Intermittent Fasting Challenge!  I have loved seeing when y’all tag me on Instagram and show me when you break your fast, all the water you’re drinking and the workouts you’re doing. Keep tagging me, @happilyhughes, and @nashvilletash as that is how we will choose our WINNER for the Intermittent Fasting Challenge Giveaway! 

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ by Life + Style Blogger, Heather Brown // My Life Well Loved

If you’re just joining us, this is the perfect week to jump into it! I’ll be answering all of your questions about Intermittent Fasting in one, convenient place!

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ by Life + Style Blogger, Heather Brown // My Life Well Loved

But first, I want to direct you over to this post where I introduced the challenge and explained a little about what it is! It’s not too late to get started! You can click HERE to download your free printable to track your daily progress right along with us! This Intermittent Fasting Challenge is perfect for beginners! If you’re new to FWTFL or Intermittent Fasting, this challenge is for you!

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ by Life + Style Blogger, Heather Brown // My Life Well Loved

***You do NOT have to be signed up for FWTFL to take part in the challenge! However, if you want to join us, you can sign up right here! The next round starts NEXT MONDAY!***

Your Most Asked Questions About Intermittent Fasting

  • Everything about it! – @elishas29
    • When you join FWTFL, you will learn all you need to know! Intermittent Fasting can be started out slowly to gradually get to 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating. To read more about the BENEFITS, click here
  • Prior to breaking your fast, can you only have 50 calories total – like with all coffee combined? Or do you just have to make sure each time you drink coffee it’s less than 50? – @gkomis
    • 50 calories TOTAL during fasting window!
  • Can I do this while nursing? – @kwils725
    • Absolutely! I did for 10+ months! Just make sure if you are hungry, truly hungry that you break your fast early if needed and listen to your body. I did this on more than one occasion, especially early on in my breastfeeding journey!
  • How do you do it?? More for gut health vs weight loss for me – @cuoreprezioso
    • You fast 16 consecutive hours and eat for 8 consecutive hours. Many people’s gut health has SIGNIFICANTLY improved and this will be discussed even more during FWTFL! Join the bootcamp, it will be well worth your investment!
  • Does the last food you eat for the day aid in maintaining fast longer the next day? – @emdoeshomes
    • Absolutely! Fueling your body properly is the name of the game.
  • This isn’t really about IF, but I need help with counting macros… – @its_april_yall
    • I 100% recommend joining FWTFL. Alex, your coach, will help you set your macros and teach you how to count them, etc!
  • I workout in the AM and want to start this bcaa drink I bought to help with soreness. A no no? – @mama_kakes
    • Totally fine! Alex, my FWTFL coach, recommend the brand Momsanity because their ingredients are clean and it’s made with natural sweetener. It is fine to be taken before during or after fasting window.

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ by Life + Style Blogger, Heather Brown // My Life Well Loved

  • After your last meal & start your fast back at night is hot tea okay before bed? – @traciisom
    • For sure! I love hot tea at bedtime and as long as you don’t add anything to it, it will not break your fast.
  • What do you break your fast with? – @priya1116
    • Whatever you like that is healthy and what will help you nail your macro goals! 
  • What time do you normally eat? – @enapay112
    • 1 pm – 8 or 9 pm daily depending on how the bed time routine goes.
  • How did you make sure you were eating enough when BF? – @saymo125
    • LISTEN to your body!! Also my coach Alex helped me a lot 🙂 You will need to also stay super hydrated!
  • Does it take a few days for your body to adjust to it? – @saratlawrence
    • Yes it does but then becomes second nature!
  • Did you see fitness results from IF even before doing FWTFL? If so, what were they? – @arolynbrobinson
    • Absolutely! I started losing a lot of my baby weight postpartum just by starting Intermittent Fasting. I actually have a whole post on my results coming NEXT MONDAY!
  • Do you still eat “breakfast” foods at some point in your day? – @erinconser
    • No doubt! Often times I will eat breakfast food for lunch and my family loves breakfast for dinner!

Intermittent Fasting for Beginners: The Ultimate FAQ by Life + Style Blogger, Heather Brown // My Life Well Loved

  • Best quick things to break fast with? – @bean_and_bugs_mum
    • Fruit, beef jerky, protein bars, protein shakes, salad, hard boiled eggs!
  • Did the challenge start already?? Can I still join? – @ohhappyhotalings
    • The Intermittent Fasting Challenge is still going and you are welcome to join at any time! The next round of FWTFL starts next week and we would love to have you join then too! 
  • Do you ever feel like your blood sugar is low? I’m not diabetic, but if I fast I feel like my blood sugar is low – @rnashleyb
    • This is a common misconception but it is usually not a blood sugar issue. It is usually an electrolyte issue! Drink some electrolyte enhanced water and see if that helps!
  • Do you think it has the same effect if you don’t do it every day – maybe like every other or 3x? – @kbs_owens
    • Intermittent Fasting is not an all-or-nothing technique. It will still give you health benefits even if you don’t do it everyday. So yes! Fast when you can.
  • How does it work? – @alyssamencio
    • You stop eating by 8 pm and then sleep. You wake up and can drink coffee with less than 50 calories of creamers. You stay hydrated with lots of water, herbal tea, etc until lunch time and then enjoy all your food during your fasting window. And it’s A LOT of food!!
  • Benefits, I may have missed the last time you talked about it 🙂 I’ve started the challenge!! – @tay.cardell
    • Autophagy — the renewing of our cells, increased focus and energy, saves time and money, gives your body digestive rest! You can read about all the benefits HERE!
  • How are you not the grumpiest without food in the morning? (I’m hangry!) – @nsaldy
    • COFFEE! 🙂 and once your body gets used to it I think you will truly love the way you feel and how lean it makes you feel. You can totally do this!
  • Do you have a break down of what you eat during FWTFL and when you eat it? I need help! – @mrstoombs89
    • You get all this info when you join FWTFL!

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