When it comes to living a long and healthy life it’s difficult to know who to listen to, which diet is right for you and what steps you should take. So, I’ve compiled this episode from 7 health experts all about the benefits of fasting. I want to make sure you are clear on what your options are, dangers you need to consider and be well informed to make the best decision for yourself. Fasting is a technique that will not only save you money, but it will also save time so you can live a more productive and fulfilling life.
Fasting is the willful refrainment from eating and drinking. In a physiological context, fasting may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight, or to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal. Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting. Some diagnostic tests are used to determine a fasting state. For example, a person is assumed to be fasting once 8–12 hours have elapsed since the last meal. Metabolic changes of the fasting state begin after absorption of a meal (typically 3–5 hours after eating).
A diagnostic fast refers to prolonged fasting from 1 to 100 hours (depending on age) conducted under observation to facilitate the investigation of a health complication, usually hypoglycemia. Many people may also fast as part of a medical procedure or a check-up, such as preceding a colonoscopy or surgery. Fasting may also be part of a religious ritual, often associated with specifically scheduled fast days, as determined by the religion.
Intermittent fasting has recently become a health trend. It’s claimed to cause weight loss, improve metabolic health, and perhaps even extend lifespan. Several methods of this eating pattern exist. Every method can be effective, but figuring out which one works best depends on the individual.
There’s a ton of incredibly promising intermittent fasting (IF) research done on fat rats. They lose weight, their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugars improve… but they’re rats. Studies in humans, almost across the board, have shown that IF is safe and incredibly effective, but really no more effective than any other diet. In addition, many people find it difficult to fast.
But a growing body of research suggests that the timing of the fast is key, and can make IF a more realistic, sustainable, and effective approach for weight loss, as well as for diabetes prevention.
Some people fast as a way to lose weight. Others fast to try to detox their bodies, or for religious reasons. If you8217;re fasting to lose weight, you may want to reconsider. The weight loss may not last after you finish fasting. If your goal is to detox your body, you should know that your body naturally detoxes itself. Fasting diets aren8217;t all the same. Some allow only liquids like water, juice, or tea. Others cut calories drastically, but don8217;t completely ban food. And on some plans, you fast every other day.