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 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.
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.
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.
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.