Everytime we search the internet or talk to a trainer we hear new and never tried ways of losing weight. Obviously most of them don’t work. So why not try a way which has been tried over and over by various cultures in India and abroad?
Fasting is one of the most ancient healing and dieting traditions in the human history. It has been practiced by virtually every culture and religion on earth. Be it Middle East or Ancient Yogis or Modern Strong men of Iceland.
In the modern World sometimes referred to as ‘Intermittent Fasting’ It can be practiced in several ways. Be it a tuesday fast which is 1 day a week or 16 hours of fasting a day and 8 hours of eating.
Fasting is a time tested and an ancient tradition. It can be used not only for weight loss, but to improve concentration, extend life, prevent Alzheimer’s, prevent insulin resistance and even reverse the entire aging process.
Fasting is sometimes mistaken with starvation which is not the case. A starving person doesn’t know when he is going to eat next. But Fasting involves voluntary abstinence from food for certain period and controlled eating the rest.
How can fasting be used to reduce weight and stay healthy?
Controlled eating and timed meals are the way to a healthier self. Let me help you with finding the correct schedule for you.
The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day.
The 16/8 Method involves fasting every day for 14-16 hours, and restricting your daily eating to 8-10 hours. Within the eating window, you can fit in 2, 3 or more meals. In the Fasting window do not eat anything. You can drink tea/coffee without milk, sugar.
The 5:2 Diet: Fast for 2 days per week.
The 5:2 diet involves eating normally 5 days of the week, while restricting calories to 500-600 on two days of the week. Which basically translates to eating only one light meal, preferably in the afternoon. This is also called the Fast diet. I myself practice this on tuesday and friday.
Alternate-Day Fasting: Fast every other day.
Alternate-Day fasting means fasting every other day. Try to restrict your calorie consumption to 500 calories on the fasting day.
These are the major fasting schedules that you can take up. Let us know your thoughts through comments. Thanks for reading.