Posted by: Ron
Fasting is the new trend for losing weight fast, with numerous books and websites out about it.
Be mindful of total fasts and avoid them for better health.
“A fast is defined as the withholding of food from the body for a period of time as a method of balancing and cleansing the body’s chemical balances for acute or chronic ill health or to reduce body fat.”
The current magic bullet to getting rid of fat is “intermittent fasting”. Numerous books are written about it and even information products are widely available on the topic.
The basic premise of intermittent fasting is to avoid eating for 16 hours and to consume all your food for the whole day within 8 hours. Ideally you would stop any food intake at 8:00pm at night and only resuming at 12:00pm next afternoon.
It works wonders for some people yet others experience negative side effects like foul breath, heavy coating on the tongue, chills, low blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, cramps, diarrhea, insomnia, indigestion, gas, slow pulse rate and heart palpitations.
Most of those symptoms are because your body is taking a break from using its energy for digestion and focuses on trying to get rid of toxins from the body. If the process is too fast, you’ll get some or all of the above symptoms. Unfortunately fasting produces an acid condition in the body which results in the above symptoms.
The way I would suggest in going about detoxing your system is to listen to your body. It goes through cycles. I’m sure there have been times where you’ve lost your taste and desire for acid foods like beef, fish, fowl, eggs and milk. Stick with alkaline foods to give your body a break. The good news is, you’ll know exactly when to stop eating that way. Your body will give you very clear signals (cravings) for protein. Listen to it again and go back to eating natural protein.
As always, eat only natural foods, nothing canned or packaged.
The other downfall of fasting is that it burns mainly muscle and spares fat cells. The best way to shed the excess fat is through a proper diet and balanced training/exercise.