That’s why it is important to have everything on hand to prepare a balanced meal when meal time rolls around.
A lot of people who are involved in intermittent fasting find that eating a protein dense diet is more satisfying and they find they don’t get hungry as often. As well, protein keeps your energy from lagging.
The best way to make sure you have enough food is to plan your meals ahead of time. If you are already familiar with meal planning you will be pleasantly surprised how quick and easy the process of planning and preparing your meals becomes when you are only cooking once per day.
Intermittent fasting is a great way to improve your health and lose weight. However, when you have been fasting all day, it is easy to undo all the good you have done if your daily meal consists of junk food and sweets.
Instead, make an effort to eat a healthy and balanced meal. Fill your plate with plenty of salad and veggies, healthy fats and a good source of protein.
Then round it out with a few treats you have been looking forward to all day. This way you can indulge in a handful of chips or a small piece of dessert instead of ravenously finishing up the whole bag or way too much cheesecake when it is time to eat.
Here is a good way to go about meal planning for intermittent fasting. Start with a healthy main dish. That could be grilled chicken, fish, steak or even a burger. Soups or a bowl of chili are favorites in the winter time.
You may even fix your favorite pasta dish every once in a while (just use vegetable pasta). Next, plan on having a large portion of steamed veggies or a big salad along with another side dish if needed.
That is what goes on the meal plan and everything you will need for the week should go on your shopping list. This makes it easy to shop as you will have everything in the house to cook healthy meals at night.
Of course, a few treats for dessert are fine as well. If your main goal is to lose weight, you want to stick to low carb options with your main meals in general and treats in particular.
Dark chocolate, dill pickles and smoked almonds in moderation are all good choices. If your body can handle the natural sugars, some fresh fruit is another great option.
Sliced bananas topped with a little heavy cream or whipped cream are a delicious treat.
You might find it helpful to plan in your treats and desserts as well and only by a few small things. Not having a lot of food, particularly anything you tend to crave, is a good way to keep the temptation to cave in when you’re fasting during the day.
Of course, it will also keep you from overindulging when it’s time to eat.
Give it a try and see if planning and prepping your meals ahead of time makes it easier for you to stick to your intermittent fasting routine.