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Fasting Challenge

Fasting

Though more commonly known in this day and age, fasting has been around for thousands of years but it wasn’t until the last couple of years that people started fasting for weight loss.  Fasting can be used for religious, medical and spiritual reasons.  Sometimes your doctor may recommend that you not eat or drink before a medical procedure.

Short Fasts

Short fasts can be as short as 6 hours or as long as 24 hours.  When it comes to fasting, many people think of abstaining from food or drink, but fasting is really about denying/abstaining from anything.  Be it all type of eating or just cutting out certain foods for a limited amount of time.  Once you have decided what you’re abstaining from, you need a plan to ensure success.  If you’re abstaining from using sugar or eating junk food, I would recommend you remove them from sight or your house all together.

Intermittent Fasts

This is a regular kind of abstinence, like 1 to 2 days a week.  This is a great way to establish a routine.  This can be done solo or in a group setting.  Done in a group, it can help keep everyone in check and accountable.

Established Fasts

This is the hardest as it requires abstinence for a longer period of time, but this type of fast can have major benefits depending on what you’re abstaining from.

 

If you are trying to lose weight through fasting, you might want to choose a certain type of food to abstain from or abstain from food all together.  I have found that the first 3 days are the hardest for me.  I’ve also had success in losing weight through fasting.

The body goes into fat burning mode once you’ve been fasting for about 12 to 14 hours.  I’ve drunk unsweetened coffee and tea to stave off hunger pangs.  I’ve recently begun experimenting with carbonated water and found that to work great.  It tricks the body into thinking that you are feeding it calories.

Fasting can be used to detoxify and reset the body.  The liver is the organ responsible for clearing toxins from the body.  When the body isn’t being bombarded by foods that contain sugar and artificial chemicals, it gets a chance to process and get rid of what’s already there instead of working double time trying to clear what’s already in our bodies as well as whatever we’re putting into it.  Thereby, giving the liver a break.

Fasting may improve your mood.  Chemicals and hormones may be ingested through the foods we eat which can cause imbalance in the body, which in turn can lead to changing moods and irritability.

If you suffer from blood pressure, I’d recommend you talk to your doctor before starting a fast and make sure to monitor your blood pressure throughout your fast.  Normal blood pressure should be 120 over 80 with small variations.

Waste accumulates in the colon and can lead to constipation and bloating.  Fasting can help clear wastes from the colon.

Fasting Challenge

For the next 30 days, I will abstain from using 2 of my 3 credit cards.  I will only make payments, not purchases on these 2 credit cards.  I know that’s going to be difficult with the Christmas season upon us.  Join me in this challenge and let what you are thinking of abstaining from and what works for you once you have completed your challenge.

 

 

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Margarette Darbouze

22 Comments

  1. This is a very interesting article.  I never really thought of abstaining from anything other than food or sex,  I like the fact that you are making this challenge.  I am diabetic and have high blood pressure but would like to lose weight in this fashion.

    Im going to see if I can get blessings from my Dr.

    Great article

    Dale

    • Thanks Dale and good luck.  Hope you find something that works for your weight loss journey.

  2. Hi Margarette I have been thinking of fasting for 2 days a week in the lead up to the festive season to help drop some kilos before the constant eating that is our Christmas and New Year period. I like the idea of drinking carbonated water as I do love the taste of mineral water I’m just wondering how effective this is a staving off the hunger pains?

    Do you recommend people to take any sort of vitamin/mineral supplements if they are going to fast regularly? I don’t take anything at the moment but friends have suggested they could be beneficial for me as an every day thing not just when fasting.

    Love your idea of abstaining from using your credit cards, that really is a big ask this time of year so I wish you every success.

    Thanks for a great read and for getting me motivated to start my fasting routine. 

    • I am currently taking several vitamins/mineral supplements that were recommended by my reiki healer and I plan on taking them when next I do a fast.  I will make a post on those and their benefits at a later date.

  3. Margarette,

    Fasting has always been my go to for losing weight it is not very difficult for me because I do the same as you and use coffee black to stave off the hunger pains.  Finding that a 24 hour fast is usually made quite simple this way along with drinking a few glasses of water to stay hydrated is always a good idea the caffine.

    Your idea of making fasting apply to other areas of one’s life is a great idea will have to see where else I can apply this in mine.

    Thanks,

    Susan 

    • I’m sure for a lot of people, when they think of fasting, they only think of it in terms of food.  Though I am not religious, I’ve heard of people giving up things for lent.  The same principle applies to fasting.

  4. This is a weird topic for me and I really don’t get it.  We try to be healthy in our diets and fitness.  The two most important things.

    Now, how do I fast and maintain my fitness routine that requires more proper food than normal.  I attempted fasting and have talked to my nutrition experts who prove that it is impossible to maintain my fitness levels by fasting.  When I tried, I simply could not do what I needed to do.

    My thoughts are that if you are not more than moderately physically active you cannot do it.  I have never heard of a professional athlete engaging in this.

    Just my 2 cents worth

    • As I stated, fasting doesn’t have to be an all or nothing.  You can choose what to abstain from.  I’m sure that athletes have engaged in one form of fasting and another without even realizing it, like abstaining from alcohol use during training.

  5. Hi Margarette,

    I did seven fasting for 10 days in my life so far.

    The only time I was eating it’s in the morning and it was natural and organic oatmeal. The rest of the day I was drinking some chamomile tea or peppermint tea. The benefits I had from those experience, it’s about my energy. I had way more energy and that was great. 

    I was into a mediation retreat so it help me to not burn too much calories. In my everyday life, with my work, it would be my challenge to try to do the same fasting to see if I would have the same result.

    Mathieu

    • That’s totally understandable Mathieu.  It’s a bit harder to maintain when you’re running around.  In a retreat, you are not expending too much energy and I bet the meditation helped too.

  6. Thank you so much for this article, I have always loved fasting because i believe it is the best way to lose some weight, after reading your post i believe i have gain more knowledge on how to carryout proper fasting which I believe will help me greatly, thanks for this lovely article once again it was really helpful, I will definitely share this with my friends and family they too can learn something from this post.

  7. Although there are undoubtedly some benefits that can possibly be gained from fasting, would it not be best practice to encourage the initial involvement of a physician before undertaking such an exercise as a weight loss program. I would have thought that such extreme measures would have to be very carefully considered, planned and monitored.

    • There are actually facilities that you can go to where you’ll be monitored by doctors and nurses to make sure that you’re not having adverse effects from the fasting.  I saw a documentary on it, it was located somewhere in the UK.

  8. fasting is good only if you know how to do things right, I mean you need to know the amount of calories thaf you are consuming, the nutrients, the protein, and other nutritional stuff. Many people start doing fasting without basic knowledge and the lack of knowledge causes many problems, one of them is that you are hungry all the time. 

    In order this avoid this problem, you need to eat whole food, grains, oatmeal, integral bread, just to name a few. 

    • Agreed, feeling full will keep you from missing the foods you’re abstaining from.

  9. Yes! Fasting can help clear your body of toxins by not reintroducing them to your system on a continual basis.  Most people think of fasting as starving yourself, making it a punishment.  Or they look at it as a duty, as in some religions.  It is important that people look at it properly, it could help a lot of people start to live healthier lives.

    You’re right when you say it could be abstaining from specific things, like unnecessary sugars.  It is so hard to give up the things that we love, especially when we are fed subliminal messages through TV ads.  I abstain from TV.  I only watch dvds that I own or YouTube videos of things that I like (and I try to ignore those ads).

    Another thing I gave up was frequent fast food.  That was hard, seriously, a cheeseburger for less than a buck?  All those salty, tasty fries!  I can’t say that I don’t indulge every now and then, but the days of eating fast food for every lunch is gone.   I may have it once a month when I run out of pre-planned lunch items.

    If we all just chose something that we know creates an imbalance in our lives and gave it up for a bit, we could see clearer and live healthier.

    • I agree, I’ve cut way back on fast food as well.  I used to have it at least 3 times a week now it’s down to maybe once a month and I gotta say, my mood has greatly improved not to mention that my weight is no longer yoyoing.

  10. Great post! I’m thinking about cutting out major amounts of sugary foods and drinks out of my diet after Christmas (of course lol!) to try and build muscle, I’m planning on for every month to cut out a certain food AND drink such as energy drinks and pizza and to keep them out of my diet till the end of the month to show I can cut back and just eat as a one off treat every now and then and not something quick what do you think? any better ideas I can use?

    • I think that’s a great idea. I once abstained from bread and pasta for 3 months.  I did notice some changes in my weight.  Perhaps you should try abstaining from pizza and pasta and see if you notice any changes.

  11. Dear Margarette,

    Thanks for the informative article on Fasting. Explanation on different kind of fasting is helpful and I got great insights from your post.

    I do fast on every Friday morning and I am doing this for the past 20+ years. The benefits you shared about fasting inspired and motivated me and going forward I will be enjoying more on my fasting days.

    The good news is I am not having a credit card but I do have some debt so I am planning to repay it as soon as possible. Wishing you all the very best on your fasting challenge.

    Much Success!

    Paul

    • Thanks Paul, I removed the 2 credit cards from my wallet and put them away in order to better keep to the challenge. Can’t use them at checkout if they’re not in my wallet.

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