Intense calorie restriction combined with intense exercise and mental clarity is the basis of intermittent fasting.
When I say intense calorie restriction, I mean consuming very few calories over some time. You can have one cup of skimmed milk each day. And that’s it. If you’re hungry, you eat less.
- 1 What about almond milk?
- 2 In addition to water, fruit juices are another option
So, it’s important to drink even more water during your intermittent fasting windows.
And also, by staying hydrated, you prevent many of the possible intermittent fasting side effects such as dizziness, headaches, and constipation.
However, the main question is what you can drink during intermittent fasting so that you don’t “break the diet or make it harder.” What can you drink to help regulate your insulin levels?
First, let’s look at the coffee. Yes, coffee can be consumed during your fasting challenge. You can drink up to six cups of coffee. As with many other things in life, though, moderation is the key. Too much coffee can make fasting more difficult because it can spike your blood sugar levels.
What about almond milk?
Some people believe that almond milk is “safer” than regular cow’s milk, but that’s not necessarily true.
The problem with almond milk is that it contains relatively few calories – perhaps about two-hundredths of a calorie – and about sixteen grams of protein, making it a very low-calorie drink.
Another low-calorie option is coconut milk. Coconut milk is high in protein but very low in calories, making it a good choice if you’re trying to trim your caloric intake.
One coconut milk product that is particularly good is coco milk. It has about four hundred calories and about twenty grams of protein, making it a slightly better choice than coconut milk. How much is the difference? About a hundredth of a calorie, to be exact.
One beverage that you can drink freely during your fasting period is water. Of course, if you’re going to go on a juice fast, which involves using only fresh fruits and vegetables for seven days, you need to be sure that you’re consuming fewer calories than you would in the regular “normal” diet.
The recommended amount of daily calories for an adult is about 1200 calories, depending on height and activity level. If you are consuming less than that, you will probably wind up eating more during the fasting period.
In addition to water, fruit juices are another option
Some fruit juices, such as orange juice, or grapefruit juice, or grapefruits themselves, are lower in calories than other fruit juices. You should try to stick with natural fruit juices.
Artificial flavoring may increase calorie intake, even if you’re only drinking the “natural stuff.” If you drink tea, use decaffeinated varieties. And avoid fruit juices that contain sugars or high fructose corn syrup, which can increase the calories in your diet.
Even though you can drink any of these beverages, you don’t want to drink all of them at once. Fasting for seven days is hard work, and you’ll likely feel the effects on your body after the first day or two. If you make yourself too comfortable, you’ll find yourself wanting to do more.
So limit your beverages to water, fruit juices, or herbal teas during your intermittent fasting windows. That way, you won’t become too hungry and you’ll remain hydrated.
Of course, you may be tempted to skip breakfast, since that’s typically when most people start going hungry.
But if you skip lunch, then you’ll likely eat more right before you go to sleep. That’s because the calories from the non-caloric beverages you drink get stored as fat in your body.
If you stay away from your usual morning routine, that’s a good choice, too, since it can keep your metabolism from slowing down as you exercise. Just make sure to drink some water right before you exercise, and you won’t have any problems.
If you feel like a hot cup of coffee or tea would be a good fit, then consider switching to decaffeinated coffee or tea. If you drink red wine, then consider replacing it with black coffee.
Both of those have very low to zero calories, so you can drink them without feeling hungry. Tea has very strong health benefits, so it’s a good alternative to milk in that respect, too.
One thing you might also want to avoid is sugar, honey, and other non-nutritious foods and drinks. They keep your blood sugar levels up too long, which can cause you to feel hungry even though you’re not.
Eat fresh vegetables and fruit for snacks, and drink lots of cold water. That’s all you need to do when eating windows, and you can enjoy the process without any major struggle with hunger or cravings.