Intermittent fasting is the phenomenon of eating during certain times and then fasting during a specific period. Intermittent fasting has been used by many people to reduce weight without being in a hunger state all week.
Today, we will learn what we can drink during intermittent fasting but first, let’s see how many types are there for intermittent fasting. There are many methods of intermittent fasting, but there are three main types.
- Alternate-day fasting:
This is the type of fasting in which a person eats well for one day and then eat less ( ideally less than 750 calories) the next day, and then eat the next day ordinarily.
This is the most common type of intermittent fasting and the most successful also. Remember not to eat extra on a typical day as it will be of no benefit and the most common reason this kind of diet fails.
The most thing to do during the day of fasting is to rehydrate yourself with plenty of water mixed with minerals.
For sodium and chlorine, we can add a little table salt in the water ( if the person is not hypertensive), and for potassium and other minerals, we can mix some lemon juice with it, and that would be the perfect drink for your body.
- Periodic fasting:
This is the fasting for the people who can not fast every other day, and I would advise people to start with that and then move on to Alternative-day fasting so that your body can adapt slowly for fasting rather than immediate action.
In this fasting, you select one or two days a week to fast or eat fewer calories. You can choose any two days or even start with a day and then increase the time until your body adapts to the new situation.
Rehydration is a key here also, and a person should drink at least 7 to 8 glasses of water per day. Apple’s juice is also a delicious beverage for fasting people, at it adds only a minimal number of calories.
- Time-restricted feeding:
This is the type of feeding you only eat during a specific time in a day, e.g., 6 or 7 hours or from 2 pm to 8 pm, etc.
This is of no use if you overeat during that particular time, and that is why it is not a very successful method of intermittent fasting. But still, it could work for a lot of people who can control themselves.
How important is liquid intake during intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting can cause dehydration, and that is the reason you have to drink plenty of liquid during your fasting day or time, the most beneficial juice is the mixture of water and minerals combined, i.e., water with salt and lemon.
This tonic not only sustained your fasting by not adding any extra calories but also maintains your blood pressure and heart rate and prevents you from other complications.
Fruit juices, especially apple, peach, and avocado, are also beneficial and should be used regularly in long term fasting. Milk should be avoided as it contains fats and carbohydrates.
A moderate amount of Green tea also seems to be useful in most of the cases. The most important thing is to drink at least eight glasses fluid daily to maintain your normal body functions.
Is intermittent fasting helpful?
Intermittent fasting seems to help lose weight if done correctly by preventing overeating between fasting time.
Many people with metabolic diseases(e.g., diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol) are advised to do intermittent fasting, showing excellent results in those patients.
Intermittent fasting for 3,4 months can offer outstanding products, but again, keep your body rehydrated to avoid any problem.
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