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Fasting: A Risky Trend or the Miracle Diet You've Been Waiting For?

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

Fasting has become one of the hottest health trends lately, with many celebrities and influencers claiming it to be a miracle diet solution. But is fasting all that it's cracked up to be? Is it a risky endeavor or an effortless way to achieve your version of perfect health and wellness? In this blog post, we'll break down the facts about fasting so you can decide for yourself whether or not this popular trend is right for you.


What is fasting and what are the benefits?

Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from all food and drink, except water. The practice has been around for centuries and has been used for both religious and health reasons. Some of the benefits of fasting include weight loss, improved mental clarity, increased energy, and decreased inflammation.


The most common type of fasting is intermittent fasting, which involves alternating periods of eating and not eating. There are several different ways to do intermittent fasting, but the most popular is the 16/8 method. This involves fasting for 16 hours a day and eating during an 8-hour window.


There are also longer forms of intermittent fasting, such as the 5:2 diet and the 4-day fast. The 5:2 diet involves eating normally for five days a week and then eating 500-600 calories a day on two non-consecutive days. The 4-day fast is a more extreme form of intermittent fasting that involves completely abstaining from food for four days.


While there are many benefits to fasting, it's important to note that everyone is different, and some people may not be able to tolerate fasting safely. If you're new to fasting, it's best to start slowly and work your way up. And if you have any health concerns, please consult with your doctor before starting a fasting regimen.


How does fasting work?

Fasting is an interesting topic because there are so many ways to do it and so many different benefits that people claim. But what happens when you fast? How does your body change?


The body goes into a fasting state when it doesn't have any food to digest. In this state, the body starts to break down its own tissues for energy. This can be harmful if it happens for too long, but in the short-term fast, it can be beneficial because it helps the body get rid of toxins. The body also starts to produce ketones, which are a type of energy that the body can use when there's no other food available.


Science is also beginning to believe that by fasting your body breaks down damaged or impaired cells that are no longer functioning optimally. It is currently thought that by fasting these cells are broken down and even lead to reduced premature aging. Other benefits would also include weight loss, in some instances weight can reduce significantly and consistently at a rate of 2-4 pounds per week depending on the size of the adult and current weight and diet. Not only is it effective for weight loss but also manages to reset hunger levels when off the fast – in other words, you begin to feel less hungry! For most this will occur in around 1-2 weeks, another excellent reason to fast.


There are a lot of different reasons to try fasting. Some people do it for religious reasons, some people do it to lose weight, and some people do it for health reasons. But whatever your reason is, it's important to understand how fasting works so that you can make the most of it.


What are the risks associated with fasting?

When it comes to fasting, there are a few risks associated with the practice. The most common risk is dehydration, which can be caused by not drinking enough fluids and/or eating too few electrolytes.

When you fast, your body expends energy stores more quickly than when you're eating regularly, and if you're not drinking enough fluids, you can become dehydrated. Other risks associated with fasting include dizziness, light-headedness, and fainting. If you have any health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, it's important to consult with your doctor before starting a fasting regimen. Fasting can also be dangerous for pregnant women and for people who are taking medication or who have a medical condition.


Who should fast and who should avoid it?

Fasting has many benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. It is a time of cleansing and purification. However, not everyone should fast. Some people should avoid fasting because it could be harmful to their health.


People who should avoid fasting include pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, people who are diabetic or have blood sugar problems, people who are on medication, and people who have a weakened immune system. Fasting can be very harmful to these people and could lead to health problems.



People who should fast include healthy adults who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, people who do not have blood sugar problems or diabetes, and people who are not taking medication. Fasting is a healthy way for these people to cleanse and purify their bodies.

Fasting is a personal choice. If you are unsure if fasting is right for you, consult with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to fast.


How to get started with fasting

Fasting is a practice that has been around for centuries, and there are many different ways to do it. To get started with fasting, you need to find the right method for you and make sure you are prepared for it. There are a few things to keep in mind when starting:


1. Make sure you are well-hydrated before beginning a fast. This is especially important in the early stages when your body is adjusting to not eating.


2. Start with shorter fasts and work your way up. If you've never fasted before, it's best to start slowly so your body can adjust.


3. Eat plenty of healthy foods when you're not fasting. This will help ensure that you're getting the nutrients your body needs and that you don't gain weight when you're not fasting.


4. Be patient. Fasting isn't a quick fix; it takes time and practice to learn how to do it properly. Give yourself time to learn and experiment with different methods until you find one that works best for you.


Fasting is a popular topic these days with people looking for ways to improve their health. There are many benefits to fasting, but it's not for everyone. If you're considering fasting, be sure to read up on the risks and talk to your doctor before you start. And if you're looking for more information on fasting, be sure to check out our blog for more articles.


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11 ene 2023

Thanks for your comment Lindsey, that's a great question. Fasting for some is a means of weight loss/weight maintenance, some for religious reasons, and some for health. As you've put forward, your energy levels are good - which is an experience that is not uncommon. If we break down the 'break......fast'- the breaking of the fast (breakfast) I would suggest looking at your reason for fasting, and your goal and see if this is being met. Certainly fasting into the nighttime and past waking seems to hold the most weight benefits, and this translates into how one feels.

Regarding your question, fasting is mostly about timing and taking a caloric break, rather than arbitrarily just eating breakfast when you wake.


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lindsey.barker
09 ene 2023

I have been undertaking the 16/8 fast, I find this easy to do, eat my last meal at 6pm (I've never been a great one for breakfast so skipping that is easy, I do it fairly often anyway) and I eat my first meal around 12pm. I have been feeling fine with this approach however, I remember being told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so this begs the question for me: is it more important what you eat at break fast or the timing of it?

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