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Fasting: Harmful or Helpful for your Health?

Helpful information on fasting


In recent years, fasting has become a practice of many bodybuilders, athletes and people who want to stay in shape, eat well and still shed some pounds off their bodies. However, it seems like everyone wants to know the true verdict on the potential health risks behind fasting and the truth about how this practice affects our body functions.

If you are hearing it for the first time though, fasting is basically a practice that involves abstaining from food and drinks from dawn until dusk. Fasting has been a technique that mainly revolves around avoiding meals while your body is resting or sleeping (at night).

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Fasting Focuses on When to Eat Rather than What to Eat:

Even though fasting for weight loss is popular nowadays, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for fasting - and most of the plans are individualized. The reason for this is very simple - fasting focuses on when to eat and not necessarily what to eat. A lot of times, this is just about calories and trying to intake less before you enters the fasting mode. However, this has caused many people to go calorie-crazy and add up with massive caloric meals after they finish their fasting practice.

There are many studies that put fasting in the spotlight as a way that improves the body functions and one that can help the immune system. However, even if there are some, these are only some short-term benefits of fasting. The real picture in the long run shows that fasting is a practice that may cause negative results (as explained in the part below). So, the best way to see fasting is as a practice that can help with weight loss but may not work for everyone. Below, we are listing the truth with actual statements from the experts on this topic.

The Truth Behind Fasting and Weight Loss:

A lot of experts have agreed that even though it may be effective, fasting is not a healthy weight loss tool. According to Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, CNS and founder/director of the University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center: "The appeal is that [fasting] is quick, but it is quick fluid loss, not substantial weight loss. If it's easy off, it will come back quickly."

Another expert named Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast And Sustained Weight Loss as well as Fasting and Eating For Health, said " Fasting is not a weight loss tool - it is something that slows your metabolic rate down so your diet from before the fast is even more fattening after you fast." Fasting for weight loss also carries some health risks such as liver or kidney problems as well as disruptions to a potentially compromised immune system or for people that are on medication. So, not only can fasting compromise your health - there is no active evidence that it cleanses or detoxifies anything in our bodies. Fasting is something that is not recommended by 9 of 10 doctors or experts on weight loss. This has a lot to do with the fact that there are many ways to get a jump start on weight loss that do not involve slowing down your metabolism.

For instance, experts say that by eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and exercising on a regular basis, you can achieve better results than slowing down your metabolism and going to bed hungry. This way, you will be picking healthy calories and adding nutritients which is certainly a positive change to any mindset.

Final Verdict:

Since fasting may also wreck your physical and mental reactions to calorie restriction, it can significantly lower your physical performance and make you crave food. This is why you should always talk to a doctor before deciding on a fasting diet - or make a healthy choice and take the fruit and veggies approach with regular exercise.

In the end, a lot more research needs to be done on fasting. However, if you are curious about incorporating it into your eating plan, it's best to consult with a health professional and design a plan that ensures you are eating the right foods on your fasting and non-fasting days, guaranteeing that you stay in good health.

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