The age-old question of whether fasting can help you lose weight is still a bit of a mystery. Of course, eating less inevitably shows a decline on the weighing scale. But, your weight is bound to come back to normal once you get back to your normal eating regime.
So what’s the real reason people fast?
People have fasted for centuries for a variety of reasons over, including for religious or spiritual obligations, to detoxify their bodies to eliminate toxins from their system or for medical reasons, such as for surgical procedures.
The last decade or so has seen a surge of interest in fasting as the go-to method to losing weight.
Losing weight through fasting has been proven to be not the healthiest way to lose weight.
Multiple studies have revealed the adverse affect fasting can cause to your body including low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms in the short-term, and negatively impacting vital organs including the liver and kidneys in the long-term.
Besides, fasting also slows your metabolism temporarily, which means your body tends to store every calorie your consume when you get back to your normal eating routine, resulting in gaining back the weight you once lost or worse gaining more weight.
Is there a healthy way to fast?
Short fasts, which can last for up to three days can help you avoid the habit of eating unhealthy and processed foods. The trick is to stick to choosing healthy foods over unhealthy ones, to help maintain your current weight after the weight you lose while fasting.
Make sure you include light exercises like walking into your regime while fasting, because rigorous exercise along with fasting can land you in injury.
So then, should you be fasting?
If you want to fast, try to stick to fasting for one or two days a month just to cleanse your body instead of trying to lose weight through it. Instead of shocking your body all of sudden by fasting, try and reduce weight by controlling your portions, sticking to natural foods and exercising regularly. Although more time consuming, the weight you lose through these methods is lasting, unlike fasting where gaining back your lost weight is more imminent.
Is there anyone you should avoid fasting?
Pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, elderly and people who have physical illnesses or other medical conditions should avoid from fasting altogether or consult a doctor if you need to fast.
With inputs from PTI
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