Looking To Improve Your Mood? You Should Try Intermittent Fasting

Many people have finally found success with a weight loss regime once they incorporated intermittent fasting into their routine. If you want to try this style of eating, you may get more benefits than just a slimmer figure. Fasting may also help improve your mood. More studies have shown promising results connecting intermittent fasting to a happier self.  

Intermittent fasting can be very difficult. Have you tried it?

How Does Fasting Improve Your Mood?

Fasting has been shown to help with new brain cell production. It may boost a protein in your nerve cells, called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF. BDNF is a big part of the brain’s ability to remember and learn new things. Here is why intermittent fasting for brain function makes sense. 

Increases Energy Levels

One of the most interesting benefits of intermittent fasting is you may experience higher energy levels. Usually, there is a bit of sluggishness on the first few days and then a boost in energy. With fasting, there aren’t as many spikes and dips in your body’s blood sugar. Instead, your body relies more on using your fat as energy and it may result in steadier blood sugar levels. This may translate to you feeling less tired throughout the day and more energized.

Reduces Feelings of Depression

The mental health benefits of fasting don’t stop at your energy levels. Some research has shown that intermittent fasting may also reduce feelings of sadness and depression. While it’s not a substitute for depression treatment, fasting may give you a little mood boost and have you feeling a little happier and in the moment more.

Intermittent fasting along with exercise also reduces depression and anxiety.

Helps With Anxiety

An eating plan that includes fasting may also be beneficial to curbing some anxiety. The changes in the blood chemistry and blood sugar levels could help lessen some anxious feelings. Also, some people who use intermittent fasting experience lower blood pressure, which could also help with anxiety. 

How To Make Fasting Easier

The biggest challenge with intermittent fasting is getting off to a good start. If you are new to intermittent fasting, you’ll need to adjust your plan and eating schedule so you have a higher chance of sticking with it and not giving up. You should also look for opportunities to make your fasting plan easier, such as aligning it with your sleep or work schedule.

Choose the Right Plan

To increase your chances of being successful with fasting, you should choose the plan that makes the most sense for your eating habits. If you tend to skip breakfast on a typical day, opt for an eating schedule that starts at lunch. Those who overeat on the weekends may want to choose a plan that allows them to fast on entire days instead of part of a day. You can also use gum or intermittent fasting mints to help keep you focused on your goal.

Healthy and nutritious food increases your chances of being successful with fasting.

Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods

The final thing to keep in mind with fasting is to make your calories count. When it’s time to eat, focus on nutrient-rich foods that are filling. Aim for foods high in protein and volume to make your meal times nutritious and tasty.

Intermittent fasting has been great for people aiming to lose weight. It can also give you some mental health benefits and improve your mood. Pick the plan that works best for you and stay focused on your new way of eating.

31 thoughts on “Looking To Improve Your Mood? You Should Try Intermittent Fasting”

  1. Intermittent fasting has been very difficult for me. I can’t do it alone so I asked my friends to also do it for few days. It does help me lose weight and improve my mood overall.

  2. I haven’t tried intermittent fasting yet. In Italy, we eat and celebrate food a lot. I’m not sure if I can do this but I’ll give it a try for sure! I hope it does improve my mood.

  3. I have tried intermittent fasting during the lockdown. It was so difficult. I really admire those who really do it. Thanks for the info on how to potentially improve my mood. I’ll try to do intermittent fasting then!

  4. If someone wishes to try intermittent fasting then I do hope that they will work with a professional. Simply doing intermittent fasting does not always equal weight loss. One still needs to be aware of their food.

  5. You’re probably totally right – however, I’m afraid that fasting won’t improve my mood 😉 It might be better for my physical health, my mind, however, needs large amounts of food 😉

  6. I haven’t tried intermittent fasting before, but just try not to eat after 7pm when my boys go to bed. I can’t do any plan that has you skip breakfast because of my medication and can’t stop eating too early because of when we have dinner as a family.

  7. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting since April! I’m down almost 40 pounds and just feel so much better!

  8. This is such a helpful tool. I have been curious about intermittent fasting for a while, since my body kind of does it naturally some days. Thanks for the tips!

  9. I love intermittent fasting, has given me so much in the past month. I love how much my body and my state of mind have improved.

  10. I agree that it helps with anxiety. Maybe because you’ll get used with the hours you have to endure the hunger.

  11. I love intermittent fasting. I lost 17 lbs with it, then Covid hit and I gained it back! LOL I should really start doing it again, it is a great way to improve your health!

  12. I haven’t tried intermittent fasting. Although many attest to its benefits, I’m not sure if it works for me coz I love to eat. Small portions work on me.

  13. I want to try intermittent fasting. I hope it works for me as I’m trying to improve my mood and manage my weight better.

  14. Glad I came over this post. I have been thinking of trying this out and still researching. I will consider doing it and hopefully, it will be effective on me.

  15. I love intermittent fasting. I don’t believe I do it enough. But you are right. I feel better and more energetic after I have fasted. It certainly does help to improve my mood.

  16. I need to give this a go properly. I kind of do it already as I do have a cut off time for the evening after which I won’t eat.

  17. Intermittent fasting is new to me. I might give it a try! I sometimes feel low energy and so tired after a long day

  18. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for a year now, and it is really good for my health.

  19. I really need to try this I’ve never done thid kind of fasting before, this is new to me.

  20. I’ve been wanting to try this out! I’ve heard the great benefits there are from doing this. I didn’t know one of those benefits helps with depression. I suffer from that and depression, maybe this will very beneficial for me!

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