As you get going with your intermittent fasting protocol, the first few days can be a little tough for some people. In this time period your body is going to be making an adjustment so you may not quite feel like yourself.

Some of the side effects and symptoms that you may note is that you are low on energy, hunger is high, you feel light-headed, and you may even start to feel slightly weak as well.

That said, there are also some key things that you can do while on this diet to help reduce the side effects that you experience so that the plan is that much easier to stick with.

Let's take a closer look at what you can do during the first three days of using the intermittent fasting approach to make the adjustment process easier on yourself.

Take Time Away From The Gym

The very first thing that you might consider is taking a short break away from the gym during this time. Many people will benefit from a few days off during the adjustment process as then you won't be depleting muscle glycogen levels, which will further enhance how you feel while making the adjustment and you won't have to stress about your low energy levels as much.

Placing excess stress on your body while it is adapting isn't a wise move, and that's precisely what your workouts will do.

Check Your Mineral Intake

Next, also be sure that you have a good look at your mineral intake. Some people start to let key minerals drop while shifting to this approach and that can cause issues such as fatigue or light-headedness to occur.

The big ones that you want to keep an eye on are your sodium intake, your potassium intake, your magnesium intake, as well as your calcium intake. If you're low on any of these, consider adding a supplement to help bring up you to normal levels again.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Moving along, another very essential thing to be doing is drinking enough water. Those who aren't consuming enough water throughout the day also won't be able to feel their best. Dehydration is a very serious issue and will impact how you feel regardless of the diet you're doing.

Add to the fact that you are starting intermittent fasting and you're really setting yourself up for a struggle.

Make sure that you consume at least 8-10 glasses throughout the fast to ensure this isn't an issue for you.

Keep Yourself Busy

Finally, if it's hunger that gets to you, try your best to keep yourself busy. People who are constantly on the go tend to find they're far less hungry throughout the day, so this can help to take your mind off things and ensure that you feel your best.

Whether this means just getting out of the house and going for a drive or meeting a friend for coffee, just do something so that you aren't sitting at home thinking about food.

So there you have the key points to note about getting through day 1-3 on intermittent fasting. Once you're through this, things get much easier from there.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for


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