In this tutorial, we'll teach you how to log your very first fast with Simple!
Every time you start or end a fast, it’s important you let Simple know by logging these events in the app. This will ensure that all of Simple's personalized guidance and advice is being sent to you by push-notifications – exactly when you need it!
1. Recording your fasting times: a step-by-step guide
How to log the beginning of your fast:
- To log the beginning of your fast, first find and tap the 'Start fasting' button on the main screen:
- In Simple, every fast begins and ends with a meal. So, at this point, you will choose either of the following two options:
Simple will then start counting your fasting period from the latest meal you log for a day. This is really convenient for when, say, you've already had and logged your lunch and then decided to skip dinner. This way you record that your current fast started right after lunch. Easy, isn't it?
Alternatively, you can start your fast with a meal you might not have yet logged. This way, Simple will prompt you to log your latest meal as you normally would and before starting the fast. This option also allows you to record the time you had that meal. So, if you forgot to log a meal or a fast at the time, you can easily record it at a later, more convenient time. Just don’t forget to hit the 'Start Fasting' button once you save your meal.
How to finish your fast in the app:
Here’s how you log a meal when your timer has ended and it's time to eat again.
- Tap the 'Finish fast' button on the main screen:
- Almost there! As you now know, every fast begins and ends with a meal. So at this stage, you will be prompted to log the meal that ended your fast.
PLEASE NOTE: As always, you can manually select the time of that fast-breaking meal. This is handy when you forget to log the end of your fast at the time – remember, you can always do it retroactively at this step.
Well done, your fast is officially over! Some celebrations are in order! So, once you've completed your fast, Simple will reward your success with valuable stats and insights for motivation into the future! Prepare to be amazed by how personalized and informative these insights are!
Finally, you can add some personal comments to your completed fast and share your latest achievement with friends, family and maybe even your bitter rivals.
PLEASE NOTE: Don't worry if you accidentally end your fast before you're meant to. Remember – every fast ends with a meal, and every meal you log can be edited. To make adjustments to anything you’ve recorded, simply go to your Journal and delete the last meal in it (assuming you didn't actually have it). This will resume your fast as if nothing happened.
2. A couple more things to note here
Before this class is over, we'd like to give you a few extra tips to help you get started:
Fasting for less than 12 hours
PLEASE NOTE: If your current fasting period has lasted less than 12 hours, you will not be able to properly log it as 'finished'. You will, however, be able to cancel it whenever you choose to.
In accordance with Simple's intermittent fasting methodology, fasting periods that last less than 12 hours are not considered to be proper fasts and these periods are not logged as fasts, nor do they contribute to your personalized statistics.
Fasting for more than 36 hours
PLEASE NOTE: If you've been fasting for over 36 hours, the app will ask you to confirm this was intentional. This prompt occurs to avoid situations where you accidentally forget to log the end of your fast, which can result in inaccurate data being applied to your personalized statistics.
If you really did fast for more than 36 hours, you can confirm this in the app, and the fast will be added to your statistics. Otherwise, Simple will mark the fast as inaccurate and will not add it to your overall stats.
Meals interrupt fasts
If during an active fasting period, you log a meal for a time AFTER the fast started, this will automatically end your current fast. The newly added food or drink will also be logged as a fast-breaking meal.
If this article hasn't covered all of your requests regarding how to log a fast or if you'd like to know more about logging your fasts with Simple, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org (or just tap the "Contact Support" button at the bottom of this page).