The 1-Week Intermittent Fasting Meal Plan

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Intermittent fasting is something that so many people have heard about, but perhaps may not totally understand what it is or how to implement it. Essentially, intermittent fasting is a conscious decision to only eat during certain periods of the day. It’s not technically a diet because it doesn’t limit what you can eat. However, you do have to be mindful of the types of foods you choose. These meals will have to get you through the rest of the day. Whether you’ve been intermittent fasting for years or just interested in what it looks like, check out this intermittent fasting meal plan.

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Before we begin the intermittent fasting meal plan, it’s important to understand that intermittent fasting is different than just regular fasting. While there are a variety of ways that people approach this, usually people follow a 16/8 strategy which involves eating 8 hours a day and fasting for the other 16 hours. However, there are numerous strategies that people may follow. The point is to have a period of time in which a person is not consuming calories and then when they do eat, they avoid processed food and focus on whole food recipes.

Many people choose to skip breakfast or dinner, but the method doesn’t necessarily require that you skip meals. You should also recognize that the specific caloric intake may vary based on your body’s needs to lose weight. Generally, you should focus on eating meals that include fish, lean meats, whole grains, and plenty of veggies. The idea here is that you’ll eat a couple of larger meals, but your caloric intake will actually be lower because you will only be consuming foods within a certain timeframe.

Day 1

Breakfast: Spinach Parmesan Baked Eggs 

Lunch: Oven-Crisp Fish Tacos

Dinner: Turkey Burrito Skillet 

Snack: Dark Chocolate (suggested two squares)

Day 2

Breakfast: Hummus Breakfast Bowl 

Lunch: Baked Lemon Salmon and Asapargus Foil Pack 

Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Snack: Boiled egg

Day 3

Breakfast: 4-Ingredient Protein Pancakes 

Lunch: Wild Cod with Morrocan Couscous 

Dinner: Honey Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry 

Snack: Almonds (suggested 12-14)

Day 4

Breakfast: Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups 

Lunch: Sweet Potato and Turkey Skillet 

Dinner: Savory Lemon White Fish Fillets 

Snack: Two stalks of celery with peanut butter

Day 5

Breakfast: No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites 

Lunch: Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Ground Turkey, Olives, Feta 

Dinner: Skinny Salmon, Kale, and Cashew Bowl 

Snack: 1 cup fresh strawberries

Day 6

Breakfast: Creamy Green Smoothie with a Hint of Mint 

Lunch: Baked Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls 

Dinner: Skinny Turkey Meatloaf 

Snack: Avocado and tomatoes

Day 7

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Lunch: Spicy Black Bean and Shrimp Salad 

Dinner: Turkey Sausage with Pepper and Onions 

Snack: Two cups of chopped celery and carrots

Ready to try an intermittent fasting meal plan for yourself? Keep in mind, the specifics for your diet will vary based on how many calories you should be taking in for weight loss. You’ll need to calculate your required calorie intake in order for a meal plan to be most effective.

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