The 5-Day Mini-Fast Plan Instructions

Learn how to slim down the sane way without starving yourself.

The 5-Day Mini-Fast Plan Instructions

Fasting may seem like an extreme weight-loss measure but in order to lose weight, abstaining from food for a set period of time can help you drop a few pounds. The key to healthy and successful fasting, according to nutritionist Kellyann Petrucci, is to eat for eight hours a day, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in between your non-eating hours. This way, you’ll nourish your body, balance your blood sugar, and maintain lower hunger hormone levels – all without depriving yourself unnecessarily. Get a jumpstart on your weight loss with this easy-to-follow five-day plan that will make you rethink the way you diet.

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Step 1: Hydrate

Before you start eating for the day, begin by rehydrating your body after a full night’s rest. Drink lemon water to flush out toxins and relieve bloat. In addition to water, coffee or tea all count toward your daily hydration goals so continue sipping throughout the day. Staying well-hydrated will extend the amount of time you can fast and keep hunger pangs at bay since the body often confuses hunger with thirst as well.

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