6 Tips If You Want To Try Fasting For Weight Loss
Ever thought of trying to lose weight? Well, one way to do it fast — or at least much faster and more permanently than any other method is to simply stop eating. That’s right, this is the method known as fasting – or depriving yourself completely of food for long periods of time. Of course, do be careful if you do choose to go this route because if you don’t do it right, then you could be sending yourself to an early grave.
This is the reason why fasting should be done with the supervision of a doctor, or at least with the consent of your physician. Recently, fasting has been making a revival because new success stories have emerged of people who have become much healthier and lost a lot of weight in the process because of fasting. Perhaps the best news of all is that the weight loss from fasting is more or less permanent. You may gain a little more weight after fasting for some time, but you will never gain back the large volume of unwanted weight that you had on you before the fast.
Partially, this is because fasting also forces your body to basically cannibalize its own fat cells in order to supply nutrients to the brain. When the fat stores run out, your body will turn to your own muscles for those essential amino acids.
With these things aside, because fasting is such a risky weight loss endeavor, you should be aware of a few key points before you decide to engage in a fast.
Take It Slow
If you are convinced that fasting is the way for you, then take it slow. Don’t shock your body by suddenly depriving it of food. If you must fast, then start with just six hours of food deprivation at a time and make sure that you “break your fast” by eating normally afterwards. What you want to do is to slowly condition your body to go without food for longer and longer periods of time.
Meanwhile, this is also a good time to re-evaluate your eating habits as you begin fasting. Go for healthy whole foods that are rich in fiber and protein. Of course, if you are going to be fasting, then don’t forget to take in some carbs as well.
Take at least 13-15 cups of water a day while fasting. Your goal is to eventually fool your body into feeling full when you are actually just replacing your usual calorie intake with water.
Don’t Go For Prolonged Fasting
If you fast for seven days, then you are simply just asking for an early grave. At this point, your body will become so emaciated and will be starving for so much calories that you will probably need to check into a hospital just to ensure that you don’t suffer from any complications.
How long you can actually fast will depend on how much stored fat and muscle you have. The more fat cells you have, the longer you will be able to fast. Even so, you should set limits. It is recommended that you do not fast for more than two days. With that said, if you have set your final limit to two days, remember to work your way up to it. Make those two days your final goal, but start slow. Again, start with six hours at a time before you eat normally again. Next time, you could try lengthening it by one hour and so on.
Don’t Do Vigorous Exercises
This is one of the downsides of fasting. You should not be doing any vigorous exercises while you do this or you could damage your bones and muscle tissue. Remember that your body is already working overtime trying to find any available nutrients that it can supply to your brain.