Hydration for your fasting window
If you’re new to intermittent fasting with Fastic, you might be wondering what type of schedule works for you, what health benefits can be gained, and what side-effects to expect. Still, a topic that’s on a lot of people’s lips is drinks during the fasting phase:
“What kind of beverages can I consume during my fasting period?”
To answer your question, we’ve compiled a short guide on what you need to know about the most popular drinks for your fasting phase. Since you might want to sip on them while fasting, it could be useful to find out whether or not they’ll have an impact on your fasted state.
Fasting in a nutshell
Fasting consists of voluntarily abstaining from food and drink for varying lengths of time. The idea is to refrain from ingesting calories, which is why water, along with some almost calorie-free drinks, are permitted.
Be water, my friend. Adapt your drinking habits and see water as your new BFF. It’s the source of life and thus essential to our health, so drink up. Not only is water vital to stay hydrated, it also helps you feel full and prevents those hunger pangs. We often eat when we actually feel thirsty, so take this opportunity to listen to your body and give it what it really craves.
Tip: Start a habit of drinking enough water by linking it to your bathroom break. One cup after each visit and you’re sorted.
Infused water ✓
If you’re bored of plain H20, test the waters a little. Add some oomph to it and sip on some infused water instead. It will give your body the fluid it needs to perform essential body-repairing functions, all while satisfying your senses. Add a slice of fruit and top it up with some still or sparkling water for a burst of freshness.
Tip: Simply adding fruit to your water won’t break your fast, since only the essence will be released, not the juices. Here are some of our favorite infused water recipes.
For many of us, the day doesn’t really begin until we’ve sipped on a good cup of coffee. (It’s true for the Fastic team as well!) But can you drink it while fasting? Well, the answer is pretty much black and white. Black coffee is essentially calorie-free, so it’s absolutely fine to enjoy in moderation during your fasting phase. But adding milk, cream, or sugar is best avoided, since the energy in the added calories can bring you out of your fasted state.
Tip: If you want to tease your taste buds, jazz your coffee up with spices like cinnamon, turmeric or cardamom.
If coffee isn’t your cup of tea, then well, go for tea instead. Just like coffee, tea is virtually calorie-free and safe to consume while fasting. As long as it’s from tea bags or leaves, and you skip the add-ons. Store-bought iced tea tends to be full of unnecessary sugar and calories, so try to steer clear of those bottles. In the same way as coffee, aim to cut back on tea at night time, as the caffeine in both green and black tea can disrupt your sleep. Stick to chamomile or valerian root to ease you into your bedtime.
Tip: Steep your own iced tea, adding as much water as you like. Try not to consume the berries, as they could bring you out of your fasted state.
Soda and Alcohol ✗
So’da real culprit is right here. Soda, be it regular or diet, will affect your fasting phase. It’s usually packed with sugar and empty calories, without offering any nutritional value. And diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners have been shown to produce the same insulin response as drinking the full sugary version. Your body simply won’t be able to differentiate between the two.
Tip: If you’re still craving your favorite fizzy drink, shake up your own infused soda water. Again, refrain from eating the fruit to remain in your fasted state.
Without trying to break anyone’s spirit, alcohol is also on the list of drinks to avoid when it comes to the fasting period. Not only does it contain a considerable amount of calories, it can also stimulate your appetite and worsen your cravings. Plus, when consumed on an empty stomach, the effects of alcohol are intensified – far from ideal during the fasting phase.
Tip: If you’re in the mood for a drink, enjoy a glass of dry red or white wine with your dinner.
Drink to your health
At the end of the day, the idea is to consume as close to zero calories as possible during the fasting phase. If you’re able to skip the add-ons in your hot beverages, as well as the sweetened drinks and booze, you’re on the right track. Be gentle on yourself if you swerve off now and again, you’re only human.
You can already pat yourself on the back for using Fastic and educating yourself on how to follow intermittent fasting. Not long until you become a pro at this!