One method to lose weight is to simply stop eating. It sounds simple but in reality you have to know what you’re doing to get any long term weight loss benefits from fasting. Let’s look at the weakness and strengths of fasting for weight reduction.
Like most forms of dieting, fasting can be used to lead to dramatic but temporary reductions of weight. You can go on a long fast, taking nothing but juice or eating grapes or taking some other low calorie meal substitute for many weeks, and while you’re on the fast you’ll certainly lose weight. However, during the fast you might be unable to continue your normal social interactions. It’s not really easy to sit around sipping carrot juice while the rest of your family is eating a normal meal.
Another problem with long fasting is that your body requires vital nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein) along with your favourite juice might not contain them. Long fasting without proper medical supervision can be dangerous.
Finally, a significant problem with this sort of fasting is that once you stop fasting and resume eating your normal diet, you’re likely to gain back all the weight that you’ve lost throughout your crash weight loss fast.
So, does fasting have any place in a weight loss plan? Yes it does. Periodic fasting is one of the secrets of a long and healthy life. Our body’s digestive organs take a break from time to time, as we require days off from work. One-day fasting done in a systematic and regular manner provides the type of rest that helps our digestive system, aids in the elimination of toxins from our body, and, yes, also helps us to shed weight in a healthy and sustainable way.
How to Do Proper Fasting
Here is a method of doing one day fasts, taking no food and (if your body is powerful) no water at a period from the sunrise of one day into the sunrise of the next day.
Successful fasting has three stages: preparation, the actual fast, and breaking the fast. Each of these stages is crucial.
If you’re not prepared both mentally and physically you will find it hard to go one day without food. The mental preparation is simple, but very important. The night before the fast you have to take a firm determination that tomorrow you will fast, that you aren’t going to eat any meals. If you fix your mind in advance then you won’t begin deliberating during the fasting day whether you should continue or not to continue. If you are undecided or waffling you can always find a hundred reasons why you should begin eating!
Physical preparation is also important. The day before you fast you should eat a normal amount of food and require a fantastic amount of liquids (especially if you are going to be fasting without taking any liquids). If you miss some foods on the day before fasting, you might start feeling hungry during the fasting period. If you don’t take enough liquids, particularly during the night before the fast, then you may feel uncomfortable once you are fasting.
If you’re physically and emotionally prepared you won’t feel very hungry while you are fasting. Once you decide to fast, your hunger just “shuts off” for the fasting period. This seems hard to believe, but if you do it a couple of times you will see it is true.
The Fasting Day
It’s best to perform light physical tasks and focus more on spiritual and intellectual work during the fasting period. It’s not a good idea to spend time thinking about what you are going to eat tomorrow! If you have prepared yourself correctly this should not be a problem and you can use the time that you gain by not eating to do some constructive things that you normally do not get time to do.
Breaking the Fast
One of the benefits of fasting is that it helps to eliminate toxins from the body. However, you can only get this benefit if you break your fast correctly. On the morning following the fasting day, take two glasses of lemon water. Set the juice of have of a lemon in 1 glass and add a bit of salt. (The drink should taste both lemony and salty). After some time, you can eat your breakfast. The lemon water will enable you to flush your digestive system with a strong bowel movement and several toxins will be removed.
One day fasts like this can be done twice a month. This kind of fasting will give rest to your digestive organs, help remove toxins, build your will power and strength of mind. In addition to this, the total reduction in calories which you get from going two days without food each month, will definitely be one of the elements of a balanced and sustainable weight loss program.