I’ve been doing intermittent fasting (IF) for over two years now, and the main reason I started was for weight loss. About eight months after I started CrossFit, I was gaining weight (mostly in my belly), and intermittent fasting was the only thing that helped me get leaner. Intermittent fasting is a way of eating that involves periods of eating, or your feeding window, and fasting. There are several ways to do intermittent fasting, the most popular being 16:8 or leangains, where you eat during an eight-hour window and fast for the other 16 hours a day. Other people play with the feeding window, including eating in a 10- or six-hour window instead.
Although I started IF to lose weight, I had some struggles in the beginning – so if you’re wondering why you’re not losing weight with intermittent fasting, learn from my mistakes. After two years, I found weight-loss success and I genuinely enjoy eating with intermittent fasting now. Here’s what to avoid if you’re doing IF for weight loss.