Food is thermogenic and therefore you’re likely to feel colder during your fasting hours. We recommend drinking plenty of hot beverages and even adding some warm water with lemon into the mix along with a few extra layers, especially during the colder months.
You will become hungry however it will pass. Once you start to feel yourself becoming hungry, or it’s getting close to your usual eating time, then try drinking a lot of water or having a hot beverage to take the edge off. Keep yourself occupied!
Another common issue is bingeing after your fasting period. Many people experience this during the initial stages of their fasting journey, as they tend to reward themselves with food following a fast. However, while eating a larger quantity of (healthy, low-GI, high protein, good fat) foods is fine, fasting isn’t a license to binge on junk food. The bingeing/purging cycle is another reason why people with a history of eating disorders should not fast, since it could trigger old habits and patterns of thinking.
Once you develop a pattern of fasting that suits you, your entry and exit to periods of fasting will become easier and more intuitive. As your body adapts, you’ll feel a slight dip in energy, but remember to drink plenty of water during this period and ease-up on your workouts. Once you come out the other end, all of this will go away and you’ll soon begin to feel the euphoric lightness and clarity associated with fasting.
If you'd like to learn more about fasting, which type of fasting method is best for you and how to fast correctly, check out The Fasting Playbook for more.