Thinking About Fasting to Lose Weight? Think Again!

Ghandi fasting for political protest against the British.

However, most individuals when they fast they’re not thinking about staging a political protest against an alien country. When individuals fast, they do it for several reasons. Dieting. Cleansing. Weapon.

We all know many people, especially women, use intermittent dieting as a part of their diet to lose weight. Is it wise? The science of it, that is the medical community, doesn’t always agree. Let’s take a closer look.

What is intermittent fasting? It’s  a way to reduce caloric intake through a restricted process: eating at certain times of the day. For example, eating breakfast then skipping lunch and dinner.

Other individuals may take their fasting a step further. What is called periodic fasting. It means not eating for the entire day or reducing your caloric intake on two or more days during the week.

I can tell you from personal experience that it wasn’t the way to go. I was on Prednison for my Systemic Lupus. I gained weight up to 190 pounds and I hated my body and myself.

As a drastic result, I cut down my caloric intake to 800 calories a day. When I didn’t see the weight drop fast enough, I lived on coffee and my medications. Oh, the weight dropped off.

I went from 190 down to 110 pounds. I was thrilled. My doctor wasn’t.

Neither was my husband or other members of our small family. Nope, I was the only one who congratulated myself until…

Until I put on the weight gradually. Now, It’s a struggle to get the weight off.

The idea of intermittent fasting is use for weight loss and reduction of chronic disease risk accompanying weight loss. Dr. Sai Das, PhD, associate professor at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy says in better.

“In terms of weight loss and improvement in body composition, intermittent fasting can work, but there is not sufficient evidence to say it is superior to overall calorie restriction. ”

What can you do to make fasting safe for you?

Make sure you time your meals in relation to what your life-style is: work schedule, personal time, your home and work environment, and your biological needs.

Stay away from processed foods. Aim instead for nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, non-starchy vegetables, fish, yogurt and keep the healthy fats like plant oil in your diet. Avoid the highly processed foods, like white bread, rice, cereals, crackers, and potatoes). Avoid added sugars like soda and sweets.

Stay away from salt!

When you do start dieting, remember, it’s for the long term. In other words, you’re going to be on this diet for the rest of your life. Make sure you (your outer self) understands and comes to agreement with your inner self (the part that’s easily tempted).

IN other words, fasting becomes a part of your diet plan, but only if you’re in good physical health in the beginning.

Like all diet plans, tell your doctor what you’re planning to do and see what they suggest or advise.

Until next time… .

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