What Breaks a Fast When Intermittent Fasting?

When choosing to engage in intermittent fasting — where you consume food during a certain number of hours and fast for the majority of the day — there are a number of things that will break your fast should you consume them.

For those wondering what to consume and what to avoid during these fasting windows, we have done the hard work for you.

What to consume when fasting

There are a number of liquids you can consume to continue your fast but foods will break the fast. During these fasting periods, Healthline recommends consuming the following:

  • Water: Plain or carbonated water will keep you hydrated while fasting
  • Coffee and tea: Both black coffee and tea can be consumed during fasting periods but the addition of milk, sugar or cream will affect it
  • Healthy fats like MCT oil: Adding MCT oil to your coffee won’t break the fast

What to consume to break your fast

When it comes to breaking your fast, it’s best to start the day with foods that are gentle on your digestive system. Try sipping on a smoothie or a soup for your first meal, or a plate of eggs and avocado on toast will start your day on a healthy note thanks to the balanced combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

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