Can Fasting Help Me To Lose Weight?
One way to lose weight is to stop eating. It sounds simple, but in reality, you have to know what you are doing to get any long-term weight loss benefits from fasting. Let’s look at the weakness and strengths of fasting for weight loss.
Like most forms of dieting, fasting can be used to bring about dramatic but temporary reductions in weight. You can go on a prolonged fast, taking nothing but juice or eating grapes or taking some other low-calorie meal substitute for several weeks, and while you are on the fast, you will undoubtedly lose weight. However, during the fast, you may not be able to carry on your everyday social interactions. It’s not so easy to sit around sipping carrot juice while the rest of your family is eating a regular meal.
Another problem with extended fasting is that your body requires vital nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein), and your favorite juice may not contain them. Extended fasting without proper medical supervision can be dangerous.
Finally, a significant problem with this kind of fasting is that once you stop fasting and resume eating your regular diet, you will likely gain back all the weight you have lost during 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 require a rest from time to time, just as we require days off from work. One-day fasting done in an organized and regular manner provides the kind of rest that helps our digestive system, aids in eliminating toxins from our body, and, yes, also allows us to lose weight healthily and sustainably.
How to Do Proper Fasting
Here is a method of doing one-day fasts, taking no food and (if your body is strong) no water in a period from the sunrise of one day to the morning of the next day.