The following are some of the benefits of fasting. You may want to read more about them here: Benefits Of Fasting.
1) You will lose weight
2) Your immune system will improve due to lower stress levels and improved sleep patterns (you won’t have the urge to eat when you don’t feel like it anymore).
3) You will get rid of toxins from your body which means less chances of getting cancer or other diseases.
4) You will become more energetic and better able to fight off infections.
5) You will be healthier overall because you won’t be eating junk food all day long.
In addition, if you’re looking for something else to do while fasting, try these tips:
How To Fast For Longer Periods And Get More Out Of It?
If you’re just starting out with fasting, then I would recommend that you start off with one week and see how it goes. If you still aren’t feeling great after that first week, then maybe it’s not for you. However, if you’ve been doing it regularly for awhile and feel like things are going well, then by all means continue! There is no right or wrong way to fast; what works best for someone else might not work so well for YOU. You need to find what’s right for you.
I’ve been doing extended fasting of one type or another for most of my life and I’m still going strong.
I don’t know. Everyone is different, so what has worked for me might not work for you at all. What I do know for certain about extended fasting is this:
1) Drink a lot of water.
Never ever try to fast if you don’t like the feel of water (you need it to survive anyway).
2) Listen to your body: it tells you what to do and when.
If you’re feeling light-headed or weak, eat something! Your blood sugar could be too low.
3) If you get headaches, then you need to drink more water.
4) Try to stay busy.
Don’t think about food all day, if you can help it. Think about something else. The time will go faster if you keep yourself occupied.
5) Don’t fast just to try to lose weight.
Fasting is good for so many other reasons, but weight loss isn’t necessarily one of them (although many people do notice a difference).
6) I think it’s healthy to fast at least one day a week.
This keeps your body from relying only on food for fuel and it allows it to rest.
There are so many other things I could say about extended fasting, but I think you get the idea. You just need to start somewhere and see how it goes from there. Good luck!
Does Fasting Affect Your Social Life?
Many people have the mistaken assumption that while they are fasting, they can’t do anything fun or enjoy life. This is simply not true and I’d like to address this issue here.
I’m sure you wouldn’t believe me if I told you that you could go swimming while fasting. But it is perfectly fine to do so as long as you are in a reputable pool that is kept clean. (You don’t want to be swimming in dirty water! That’s just disgusting).
You can take part in other sports, such as running or biking. But again, make sure you are in a safe environment and be sure to drink plenty of water so your body doesn’t suffer any ill effects from dehydration (this includes cloudy vision and dizziness).
You can even go for walks or hikes if you desire. The fresh air will do you a world of good and get your mind off food for awhile at least.
Social activities…now this is where most people will disagree with me, but here goes nothing. I believe that you CAN have a social life while fasting.
Now I’m not talking about going out to a club or bar and getting drunk (though some people do abstain from drinking alcohol). I’m talking about socializing with family and friends. This is something that is very important and prevents you from becoming a hermit. (Which I’ve heard some people will do if they fast).
While fasting, it is perfectly fine to have gatherings with friends and family. You just have to be smart about what you choose to eat and drink. This might sound a bit strange, but it really isn’t. Here are some examples of what you could do:
1) You are having a get together with friends at your house and you want to eat something.
You could eat before you arrive or you could eat very small amount and stick to just drinking beverages. (Your friends will never know that you are fasting).
2) You are invited to a dinner party and you don’t want to impose on the host by bringing something so you go ahead and eat what is served.
But here is the key: Make sure you only eat about 1/2 of what they put on your plate. You can always go back for seconds, but usually by then everyone has eaten enough that there isn’t any more food left anyway.
3) You are going to a work function or school event and usually these always have plenty of yummy food that is bad for you.
Again, eat 1/2 of what is available and you can always go back for seconds. If you know there is something really bad for you there like a chocolate fountain or deep fried everything, then just pass it by and stick with drinking beverages. No one will notice or care if you don’t overdo it.
These are just a few examples of what you can do while fasting. The key here is not to overdo it. You still want to try to stick to the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time you should be eating healthy and only twenty percent of the time you should be eating “fun” foods.
This will keep your metabolism from slowing down too much and help you in the long run.
But what happens if you are in a situation where you can’t eat small portions or only eat certain things?
There are certain situations where you may need to just flat out refuse the food that is being offered to you. Here are some common ones and tips on how to handle them:
* Friends or co-workers bring in food from a local restaurant that has high fat/sugar/salt content.
Always feel free to say NO THANKS as long as you have already eaten that day and don’t go starving yourself. You are placing 80% of the time eating healthy foods and only 20% having “fun”. The key is to not overdo it on that 20%.
*Colleagues are eating lunch at your desk every day.
It is perfectly fine to tell them you are not hungry and you are saving your money by not going to the food court. They will soon get the hint after a couple of times and go eat without you (which is fine, you are eating at home anyway).
* You are at a dinner party where the host serves nothing but high fat/sugar/salt foods.
You are fine saying you are allergic to whatever it is they are serving and you already ate before you got there. They may offer you something else, just stick with your story that you can’t eat XYZ.
*Someone invites you over and says they are cooking for you.
Don’t panic. Simply say you’ve already eaten or that you are trying to watch your weight so you have a very small portion. They may offer you more, simply decline and if they push the issue, remind them that you have to drive home and wouldn’t want to ruin your dinner.
These are just a few examples of how to handle eating situations that involve “bad” foods. The key here is to simply be upfront and let them know that you only partake in these foods on rare occasions and that you would rather not have any. If you make a big deal about it, or are overly polite about refusing, they will definitely push the issue. The more you make an issue about it, the more they will try.
The key is to not make a big deal about it. If you refuse once or twice and then change the subject they will most likely drop it.
If it is someone that you see on a regular basis, like a close friends or family member, then just be upfront with them in the beginning and explain that while you do love them and will always be there for them, you are trying to eat healthier and avoid XYZ foods. If they respect your wishes and understand then that is fine. If they are pushy or disrespectful about it then you probably need to re-evaluate that relationship.
After you have been in this for a while you will notice that you have more energy, aren’t hungry all the time and your pants are fitting looser. This is a great feeling and it is all due to eating right and exercising.
CONGRATULATIONS! You now live a healthier life.
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Time to get healthy!
You have nothing to lose, but weight!
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