Surely, if you reduce your calorie intake by not eating anything will make you lose weight fast, but you’ll be even more amazed to find that fasting can not only help you lose weight, but it will also strengthen and rebuild your body.
All of us fast. We fast every night during sleep. That’s why our first meal is called ‘breakfast’ – because we ‘break’ our fast from the last night. Some people decide to fast for spiritual reasons, during Ramadan or during the Lent season for example.
Before deciding to start a fasting program, consult with a doctor or a wellness professional, especially if you are pregnant or have diabetes, anemia, or adrenal fatigue.
THIS IS HOW FASTING WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT, STRENGTHEN, AND REBUILD YOUR WHOLE BODY.
By fasting you will not only lose weight but also fasting will help your body to save the energy that it would be otherwise used for digestion. This saved energy can be instead used as a healing energy when we are injured and sick.
For instance, when animals get injured, they don’t go to seek food. Instead, they stay near water until they are healed. One research on mice that were given a fasting program discovered that those mice who fasted had slowed down the growth of cancerous tumors.
Moreover, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked into new dietary strategies such as a short-term alternate-day modified fasting for hearth protection and weight loss for overweight or obese adults.
The study lasted 10 weeks, and after the 8th week, participants had lost weight and had reduced their body fat percentage as well. Also, they had lowered their total cholesterol, triacylglycerol concentration, and LDL cholesterol. They had also decreased their systolic blood pressure.
DECIDE THE TYPE OF FASTING PROGRAM THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.
16-HOUR FASTING – Pick any 8-hour time frame during the day for eating that works best for you, and avoid any calorie intake the rest 16 hours. For instance, you can choose 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, meaning that you shouldn’t eat anything before 8:00 am or after 4:00 pm.
20-HOUR FASTING – This program is similar to the previous one, except that you have 4 hours less for eating than with the 16-hour fasting program.
JUICE FASTING – This is a liquid-based fasting diet when you take all your nutritional needs only by drinking juice and avoiding any type of solid foods.
ALTERNATE DAY FASTING – With this program, you have a period of 24-hours of not eating anything followed by a period of 24-hours when you can eat regular meals.
MULTIPLE DAY FASTING – This program may be the most challenging one because it takes special preparation. If you want to fast for more than 24 hours, you should first prepare with starting a juice fast for 24-hours. People can go 7 days (or longer) with only water, and many people have fasted with water for 40 days without damaging their health.
When you select your fasting program, follow it for a minimum of 2 weeks unless you have any health problems. This way you will train your body to use your stored fat when you are fasting.
FINALLY, YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT OVEREATING AFTER FASTING.
A research that was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that fasting doesn’t lead to a calorie splurge after a period of no calorie intake.
So, would you try a fasting program? And, if you have tried it, tell us in the comments what is your experience with fasting.
Mary Wright is a professional writer with more than 10 years of incessant practice. Her topics of interest gravitate around the fields of the human mind and the interpersonal relationships of people.