Fasting has become very trendy recently. Many celebrities have jumped on the bandwagon to say how fasting has helped them lose weight, feel better and even improve their sex lives! In this short article we’re going to look at the different types of fasting and their benefits. We’re going to pay particular attention to the most popular type of fasting which is intermittent fasting.
Fasting forms the mainstay of most major religions, for example Ramadam and Lent are the major fasting periods of Islam and Christianity. Therefore fasting has its root set deep in history, probably preceeding both of these religions! Fasting is seen as a way of cleansing the digestive system and giving your digestive organs a break. Traditional fasts can be as short as a day up to a week or more. However, these longer fasts should be done under strict medical supervision by a doctor or nutritional therapist. But anyone who is generally healthy can perform a one or two day fast with no problems.
You can either go without food completely or reduce the number of the calories you eat that day to begin a fast. Either will work well and will start to unload your system. Throughout either type of fast it is recommended that you continue consuming water in order to stay properly hydrated but also to aid any detoxification that is occuring.
Intermittent fasting, popularised by the 5:2 Diet by Michael Moseley, is where you alternate between normal calorie days and low claorie days (25% of normal). You do low calories on two days per week and eat normally the other five days – hence the name 5:2. The success of this type of system is that people don’t feel like they’re onn a permanent diet and can always look forward to the next day for that treat. They feel it is much more manageable and the deprivation is minimal.
Fasting can provide numerous health benefits which can include weight loss. If you’re going to fast for more than 72 hours we suggest doing it under medical supervision. However, if you’re looking to try intermittent fasting for a few days a week we recommend you go ahead and get started. With the holiday season coming up you may any weight you lose necessary to offset the Xmas weight gain.