Fasting is at first a stressful experience for the body. However, it is this stress that also provides the positive effects on your health and shape when doing intermittent fasting.
Thus, stress does not always have to be negative. Nevertheless, it is important to find a good balance between stress and relief.
In this blog article you will learn how you can improve your stress management and benefit from the numerous positive effects of intermittent fasting.
It’s the amount that matters
We all react differently to stress. But one thing is true for all of us: Too much stress puts a strain on body and mind. This is especially true for the pressure we put on ourselves!
Possible consequences can be:
- A weight loss plateau
- Sleep problems
- Circulatory problems
- Menstrual irregularities
Longer fasting periods, for which the body is not (yet) prepared, are sometimes too much of a good thing. The principle of “faster, higher, further” or in this case “fasting longer and longer” usually does more harm than it helps in any way.
Try it differently
1. Do not demand too much of yourself
- Start gently with a fasting plan like 14-10 or 16-8. It doesn’t always have to be the Power Week plan!
- Even with shorter fasting periods, your body can enjoy from the benefits of fasting. True to the motto: Less is more.
2. Take time for yourself
- Consciously take time for moments of relaxation and regeneration.
- Treat yourself to a bath or a massage. Physical activity is also a great way to relieve stress. Do whatever helps you unwind.
3. Focus on yourself
- Fasting is not a competition. Don’t compare yourself to others, focus on yourself!
- Try to listen to yourself. This will make it easier for you to recognize your wishes and goals and put them into practice.
This is how you find the perfect balance between effort and rest when doing intermittent fasting
You probably already know it: There is no rule of thumb for the ideal amount of stress during intermittent fasting! But if you listen to your body’s signals, you will quickly learn how much stress you can put on yourself and your body. This way, you can benefit from the positive stress of fasting in the best possible way.
Find the right fasting plan for your intermittent fasting lifestyle in the BodyFast app.