Fasting helps you reduce your calorie intake and melt those excess fat. But, it can do much more than that. Fasting also rebuilds and strengthens your body.
We all fast. If you say ‘no,’ it’s time to realize that you’re wrong. Do you eat while you’re asleep? No? That’s what I thought. This is the most common type of fasting, and we have breakfast in the morning only because we break our fast.
Have you ever heard of the Ramadan fasting? Muslims fast during Ramadan, and Christians fast during the season of Lent. That’s fasting for spiritual reasons.
In this article we’ll focus on the fasting programs that work well for everyone, and they’re also supported by science. Fasting changes your body in a positive way, and it may be the thing you’ve been looking for this whole time.
Fasting helps you melt fat and rebuild/strengthen your body
Consult a professional before you fast. This applies to pregnant and nursing moms, and everyone who deals with anemia, diabetes and adrenal fatigue.
Fasting helps you lose excess pounds, and helps the system to conserve the energy it uses for digesting food. In this way you’re able to use the energy for healing any existing condition.
Have you ever noticed what do injured animals do? They go near a source of water, and stay there until they get on their feet again. They don’t go looking for food.
Limiting your calorie intake during a disease helps your body rebuild its system. According to a research based on mice, fasting inhibits cancer growth. This is a brilliant finding, and it can sure help in the further research.
Fasting also suppresses tumorigenesis in mice genetically predisposed to develop tumors. Mice that had higher risk of developing tumors as a result of mutated genes were less likely to develop a tumor when they were put on a fasting program.
Another study released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that short-term modified alternate-day fasting can help obese adults lose weight and protect their heart. The study was conducted over a 10-week period, and participants managed to lose weight after eight weeks.
They also lost a significant portion of their body fat. These people also managed to lower their total cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol, and triacyglycerol concentrations. Everyone had lower systolic blood pressure.
Choose what fasting program works best for you
It’s a liquid-based diet where you get all the nutrients you need from juices. No solid foods.
It’s a 24-hour fasting that’s followed by another 24-period where you can eat your regular meals.
Eat within an 8-hour frame, and fast throughout the rest of the day. If you eat in the period from 9:00am to 5:00am, you aren’t allowed to eat before and after that period.
Its a similar fasting program to the 16-hour program. The 8-hour eating period drops to 4 hours.
It’s the most challenging fasting program, and you need to do a special preparation. If you decide to fast for more than a day, you better start with the juice fasting. People can live on water for seven days or longer without any side effects (some swear to a 40-day fast)
If you decide what’s best for you and your physical condition, make sure you stick to it within 2 weeks at least. That’s the only way to notice an improvement. In this way your body will use any stored fat during the fast.
If you are following a specific workout program, pick the right fast for you, as it shouldn’t interfere with your training. Physically active people have to consume protein after a workout to build muscles, so take this into consideration when making a decision on fasting. Consult a nutritionist to clear any issues.
Fasting prevents/stops overeating
According to a research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, fasting won’t push you into stuffing yourself with calories. This applies to those who exercise, too. No more overeating!
The combination of alternate-day fast and cardiovascular exercise will stop you from cheating on days where you aren’t allowed to eat anything. But, try to do 25 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio three times a week.
Source: Power Of Positiity