Say hello to fasting. Although fasting has been practiced by many probably since the beginning of time, it appears fasting is popular currently. It comes as no surprise to me as the benefits of practiced fasting along with a diet plentiful of whole foods are immense. There are many different ways to fast and one can learn the best method of fasting that works well with their current lifestyle. It takes preparation and mental discipline to meet your goals and be successful in fasting. Both my husband and I over the past two years have engaged in several different types of fasting with much success. I think it is important to set a goal for fasting based on many of the benefits.
So what are some of the touted benefits of fasting? If you want to lower your bad cholesterol levels and reduce those triglycerides, intermittent fasting may be your ticket for just that according to current research. Fasting will not lower your good cholesterol, that's a kudos. Interested in living longer? Although currents studies have only proved this in rats, intermittent fasting increases longevity! Intermittent fasting has been linked to improve glucose levels as well as body weight loss in adults with type 2 diabetes. Are you interested in boosting weight loss? A study complied in 2015 divulged a seven percent body weight loss as well as twelve pounds of trimmed body fat. This study was done using alternate day fasting. Fasting promotes the secretion of human growth hormone which is responsible for burning fat, builds muscle mass and fights obesity. Our bodies produce it naturally and add some fasting in and we can enjoy more production of that hormone. Fasting has also been helpful with professional athletes by having positive effects on body mass and other health markers such as recovery. Last but not least is ghrelin, a hunger hormone that is stabilized through fasting which is much appreciated as this is unlikely to happen in dieting!!!
After understanding all the benefits that can be obtained from fasting, let us take a look at the different types of fasting. Probably Intermittent Fasting is the most practiced. Those that are disciplined in the practice of not eating anything several hours prior to bedtime are more than likely already intermittent fasting! Intermittent fasting is simply not eating or drinking anything other than water for a period of 14-18 hours. So if your last bite of food is at 6 pm and you wake at 8 am, you have already fasted 14 hours! Easy peasy for sure. I practice this type of fasting on a regular basis. It is very easy for me. On Sundays I take it to 18 hours and sometimes a little longer. Another type of fasting that I have not tried yet but allures me is Alternate Day Fasting. This practice severely restricts your caloric intake during your fasting days to around 25%. Of course that would probably not work for me if I had a high volume exercise day. I might be able to get away with it if I exercised lightly such as yoga, a walk or mobility. 16/8 Fasting is just what is says. You consume your calories during a eight hour block and fast during the remaining time of a twenty four hour time frame,which is sixteen hours. Time RestrictedFfasting allows you to restrict your eating during certain amounts of time. For example, day one, you may fast for twelve hours and consume your caloric intake during the other twelve hours. Then maybe the next day, you can try 13 hours of fasting and see how that feels and so fourth. A Five To Two Fast is eating as you normally would and then for two days out of the week, you restrict your calories to 500-600 per day. The Warrior Fast is when you will just eat veggies and fruit until you are allowed your normal evening meal. The Daniel Fast is considered a spiritual fast. While one is fasting, they are to focus on God as mush as possible. While you are fasting, you are allowed healthy foods such as veggies, fruits and other whole foods. Meat, dairy, coffee, alcohol, grains and juices are removed. The grains are taken if they are sprouted. The time frame is twenty one days to achieve a spiritual breakthrough as well as other benefits.
So you see, there are many ways to achieve a fast. I have personally done a three day water only fast, doctor supervised. The first time I did it, I could not even leave the house because I had no idea what to expect of myself. I had very little experience in fasting. The second and third times I repeated the water fast, I was a pro. Much easier, knew what to expect and just rode the three days out. I felt very light and clean when I finished those three water only fasts. My gratefulness seemed to increase. It is very important to prepare, organize and record your fast. You should also fast for a goal. Our goals should drive us to a better physical and mental state of being. Be sure to consult with your doctor before making a committed life style change such as fasting. If any of you try fasting, text me your results. I would love to know how it went. If you are reading my blog and are looking for a fun story about a lady who got her fitness on later in life, read the book, Through The Eyes Of A Master. You can order it off my website under shopping. Next weeks recipe should be fun. My sister taught me how to make curry using all fresh organic ingredients while she visited last week. I may share a dish we improved on in the curry field. Until next week, as always Love and much peace,