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Fasting For Weight Loss – How To Fast Safely

By Rob Poulos...

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight fast for a special occasion then you’re probably all too familiar with fasting for weight loss. Most of what you know about fasting however, is probably negative because the market is flooded with a variety of unhealthy fasts for weight loss.

Contrary to what most of us already know about fasting for fat loss, there are effective methods that you can use to fast safely. The key is to know what you need to lose weight, and find a way to factor fasting into your weight loss efforts.

Keeping reading to find out more about how fasting can help you lose weight!

Diet & Exercise

Before you begin fasting it is important to keep weight loss essentials fresh in your mind. There is no effective method of weight loss that doesn’t require eating less and working out more, so remember that as you research the various fasting diets on the market.

Fasting for fat loss can be an effective tool if used correctly, but so many dieters are in a hurry to lose weight and they presume that simply not eating will help them reach their weight loss goals faster. While that is technically true, that kind of logic won’t hold up for the long term.

Benefits of Fasting

Fasting  does have weight loss benefits, one of the main benefits being that it gives you time to simply not think about food. You don’t have to think about what you’re going to eat for your next meal, the nutrition facts for that meal or what type of activity you’ll have to do in order to burn off the fat from that meal. A day or two without food on the brain can help you recharge your batteries so that you return to eating refreshed and ready to eat properly.

Another benefit of fasting is that you can take a break from all food, but particularly from those foods that you find hard to resist. After craving chocolate chip cookies and resisting the craving for days on end, fasting will allow you to get those pesky thoughts out of your head before its time to eat again!

[Get your blender out for nutritionally beneficial fasts!]

Length of Fasts

One of the major issues with fasting to lose weight is how long you can safely fast. Many of the fad fasting diets like the Lemonade Diet or Master Cleanse or even a Juice Fast are very low calorie diets, which can cause problems with weight loss and your overall health. A fast that lasts longer than 2 days makes it difficult to maintain one important aspect of the basics of dieting: exercise.

Sure when you’re fasting you are eating less food than you otherwise would, but when you still need to exercise to keep your body burning fat all day long. A very low calorie fast will make you feel lethargic which can make it nearly impossible to energize yourself for a fat burning workout.

Rather than a long term fast, consider intermittent fasting to lose weight. Intermittent fasting allows you to take up to 36 hours off, which isn’t long enough to tire you out while also returning to food quickly enough that you don’t encounter any serious health problems.

Fasting Foods

When it comes to fasting, most people decide based on what exactly the ingredients are for any given fast. A juice or smoothie fast are probably the healthiest methods of fasting for fat loss because you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet as well plenty of nutrients. A juice fast will give you essential vitamins and nutrients like fiber and water that can help boost fat loss, without making you feel sluggish.

Other fasts like the Master Cleanse provides you with a strange blend of ingredients that you aren’t likely to enjoy, much less keep up for any length of time.

Bad Habits

One of the reasons fasting for weight loss gets such a bad reputation is because it really does nothing to address the bad habits that lead to weight gain in the first place. A healthy diet and regular exercise generally helps most of us address those bad habits—a bad diet or a sedentary lifestyle—so we can correct them and lose weight.

Fasting however does nothing to help you with those habits, because many long term fasts promise that you can go back to eating “whatever you want” when the fast is over. This is one of the reasons intermittent fasting has become the go-to method of weight loss fasting, because you don’t spend days on end dreaming about a giant bag of chips or a brownie a la mode.

[Don’t return to food with these decadent dishes or you’ll regret it.]

Returning to Food

The key to fasting is returning to food in a smart way that won’t undo the progress you made during your fast. When you return to a diet of whole foods then you need to make sure you don’t attempt to make up for the calories you didn’t consume during the fast.

During the days when you aren’t fasting, you should be eating for weight loss, which means a well balanced diet that has fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Don’t ‘reward’ yourself with foods filled with fat and sugar and salt, or else your fast will have just been a few days without food for nothing.

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  1. Clement Duntz

    Lemon oil may be used in aromatherapy. Researchers at The Ohio State University found that lemon oil aroma does not influence the human immune system, but may enhance mood.

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