The general framework of intermittent fasting relies on external cues such as eating during a particular time window and which specific foods to eat (such as no gluten or dairy). Intuitive eating relies on internal cues – letting your body dictate what to eat and when to eat it. Listening to your body when it tells you what it needs is critical to fat loss and optimal health. Learn how to mesh intuitive eating with intermittent fasting!
Every body is different, each with its own unique internal and external compositions. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all nutrition and wellness plan – it doesn’t exist. But there is a plan that will work for only you.
To achieve holistic nutrition, the external and internal cues must work together to provide ideal health for you, individually. The nutrition framework taught by the FASTer Way focuses on external cues first, then teaches you how to recognize intuitive eating patterns in order to amplify your fat loss potential.
Meeting Macro Goals Isn’t the Entire Story
We count macros in the FASTer Way, not calories (read more about that here). But it’s more than hitting a numerical target. What you put in your body determines how you function. Sure, you could be a regular customer at the burger chain drive-thru each week and still reach your macro goals, but your body will not be any better as a result.
Food cravings are likely the result of overconsumption of a particular type of food such as salty, greasy, fried, sugary, or excessively sweet and high in calories. Another cause of food cravings – stress. No surprise there, right? When you truly listen to your body and what it wants – hunger, satiety, etc. – you will find that the emotional eating habits are completely made up in your head and not true communicators of what your body needs to be more efficient.
Memories Over Macros
There’s a saying in the FASTer Way about creating “memories over macros.” While that is normally used in situations of joy and happiness, such as a birthday party or holiday gathering, it is also important to remember when you didn’t feel well as a result of your nutrition. Does consuming too much sugar or fatty foods make your stomach feel bloated like a balloon? Do you wonder why you’re frequently suffering from heartburn and headaches, but continue to guzzle soda each day? Your body is trying to tell you something.
Eat when you’re hungry, eat what you love, and stop eating when you are full. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not! Practicing intermittent fasting and consuming whole, nutritious foods (including the foods that you love!) will open your senses to the internal cues your body is communicating.
Learn more about successfully practicing intuitive eating and intermittent fasting when you join our next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss! We can’t wait for you to discover true food freedom—join today!
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