You’ve likely heard all about fasting. It’s used to lose weight, remove toxins, and improve your lifestyle. But is it that good for you? How do you do it in a way that’s safe and beneficial?
There’s a common misconception that fasting is an unhealthy way to lose weight. The truth is that it can offer some health benefits, but you need to do it properly. This isn’t just about cutting out all food for a day or only eating one meal a day. You need to get the right foods and the right amount of calories throughout your fasting period. Then when you go back to eating, you need to think carefully about the food that you enjoy.
Here’s your all-in-one guide to fasting. This is more than how to do it, but how to do it safely to gain all the health benefits you can.
What Exactly is Fasting?
Fasting involves going without any food for a set period. You’ll see some religions that encourage eating and drinking nothing throughout the day, but enjoying their meals before the sun rises and after the sun sets.
However, things are changing. There are now different versions of fasting, and in some of them, you can consume some food. The idea is that you reduce your calories to a bare minimum, so you still create the starvation period but without actually physically going through the lack of food.
We all fast throughout the night. We go through this long period without eating anything, and that is technically fasting. Therefore breakfast is so important, as it helps to boost the metabolism after the longer period of not eating.
Our bodies also go through a fasting period when we’re ill. The immune system kick-starts a drop in the blood glucose to help fight the infection better. When you’re ill, the last thing you want to think about is food, and it is helping to make you better. So that idea of fasting being bad for you is wrong. It’s when you fast in the wrong way that causes a problem.