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How fasting on regular basis enhances the overall health and wellness of body?

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Fasting is most commonly associated with spiritual and religious beliefs. What many of us do not know is that it has tremendous health benefits, too. In layman terms, it can be defined as the change in eating patterns to abstain from eating for certain periods of time. These periods could be certain hours in a day or certain days in a week. In the days or hours when you are not fasting, you are free to eat whatever you like.

However, do not defy reasons and engage in junk food or empty Calories. As long as, you are eating Whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, lean proteins, healthy fats and raw dairy products, you are on the right track. Needless to say, there is no point in fasting if you are eating ice creams, consuming cola and munching on French fries!

Please note that it is different from dieting as here, you are not following any diet chart of recommended foods and drinks. Again, fasting does not mean starving yourself.

How does fasting work?

Food is the fuel and primary source of energy for your body. When the supply of food is cut off, your body turns to stored Glucose present in your liver and muscular tissues. This process is triggered at around 8 hours after you had your last meal. Thereafter, once the stored Glucose has been consumed by the tissues, the process of fat burning starts. This is exactly the result we aim at by fasting, that is, the burning of stored fat in your body.Fasting

The various benefits of fasting are as follows:

#1 Excellent Tool For Weight Loss

Obesity is a problem which is bothering people at a global level. Overweight individuals are most desperate to find ways to shed that extra weight. Well, fasting on alternate days can help to trim the body weight quickly and bring down the percentage of body fat, as well. For this type of fasting, you need to consume only around 750 and 1,100 Calories in a day. You also need to stay away from food for at least 10 hours.

This kind of fasting helps to shed weight without a deficit in lean muscle mass. Also, low-grade inflammation in the body gets subsided gradually. This kind of low-grade inflammation occurs due to the accumulation of fatty tissue around the waistline and internal organs and is responsible for a variety of diseases like Cardiac problems, Diabetes and even Cancer!Fasting

#2 Detoxification

As a result of fasting, detoxification process of your body occurs. The toxic substances which are stored in the body’s fat are dissolved and can be easily flushed out from your system in form of stools and urine.Fasting

#3 Feel-good factor

There have been studies which confirm that fasting promotes the secretion of “happy hormones” called as the Endorphins in your body. These hormones have a positive effect on your moods and mental well-being.Fasting

#4 Fasting helps in the growth and repair of body tissues

Studies have found that regular fasting leads to the synthesis of Growth hormone in the body. Growth hormone helps in building muscle mass and burning excessive fat in the body. Both these changes improve the quality of your workouts and make you more muscular.Fasting

#5 Improves Insulin sensitivity

Diabetes type 2, a chronic disease that haunts many people these days is chiefly due to Insulin resistance or decreased sensitivity to the pancreatic hormone called Insulin. Intermittent fasting helps to normalize Insulin sensitivity. This can be due to decreased blood glucose levels, reduced visceral body fat and controlled body weight as a result of it.Fasting

#6 Gives you a better lipid profile

It can help you achieve a better Lipid profile. Fasting reduces the bad Cholesterol in the body, that is the levels of Triglycerides, Low-density Lipoproteins and Very Low-Density Lipoproteins. Another good thing to note here is that it does not decrease the good Cholesterol, that is High-Density Lipoproteins. Thus, we can safely say that it has a cardioprotective role.Fasting

 Precautions while fasting

  • People suffering from low blood pressure may cut out foods while doing this but should take fluids rich in electrolytes like Coconut water, Lemonade with some salt to prevent their blood pressure from getting low.
  • Diabetics should fast with caution and discuss with a nutritionist for an ideal fasting pattern for them.
  • People who experience dehydration commonly should not cut out fluids while doing this.
  • If you are prone to heartburn, do take your antacids prior to doing this.

Who should not fast?

  • Underweight individuals
  • Pregnant women
  • Kids under the age of 18
  • Insulin-dependent diabetics

Conclusion

The Ramzan Fasting month has just gone by. The Shravan fasting month is coming up, so it is a good opportunity for all to give it a try. Fasting surely has many health benefits. There are health-associated reasons that it is a part of so many religions. You too can reap these health benefits by doing it regularly. Always start slow if you are not used to it. Start it with just one day a week when you intake plenty of fluids, fresh fruits, veggies, some nuts and high fibre food like Oats or porridge. Add some veggie soups for Vitamins and that should do the trick. Gradually, you can increase the number of days you take up fasting to say, thrice a week. Have you tried it to lose weight? Do it now and let us know how it worked for you!

 

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30 Comments

  1. richa mina

    July 24, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    hey, thanks a lot for sharing such an informative post on health. I knew fasting was essential along with exercise for losing weight but other few facts that you’ve shared were not known to me. keep up the good work.

    Reply

  2. Gurjeet chhabra

    July 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    I do not fasting can do much more I thought. When ever I do fasting , I suffer from low blood pressure as you mentioned but some fast has condition like no salt . What should I do then ?

    Reply

    • UK's Fashionablefoodz

      July 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Avoid anything and everything if it is taking a toll on your health. Everybody has different tolerance levels. You are good as you are now 🙂

      Reply

  3. Aparna

    July 24, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I never knew that fasting helps in our body. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tips loved totally .

    Reply

  4. Abhisek Nayak

    July 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I have never fasted in my life, but after reading this, I may go for it.

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  5. Chanchal Bahety

    July 24, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    fasting is really good for our body, thanks for letting me know in detail about the benefits

    Reply

  6. Tamanna

    July 24, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Fasting is good for health to give rest to our body. Love this post

    Reply

  7. Ms Arora

    July 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    This post has come at right time when I am planning to fast after so many years. Usually I fast once in year…
    Now planning to have regularly.

    Reply

  8. Rajshree

    July 24, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Wow I wasn’t aware that fasting has so many health benefits no wonder our ancestors have been doing this for centuries.

    Reply

  9. Rhythm Sitlani

    July 25, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for clarifying the difference between starving and fasting, I was really confused previously but now I know the pros and cons.

    Reply

    • UK's Fashionablefoodz

      July 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Awesome Rythm. Now I want to see some changes in you soon…as we discussed 🙂

      Reply

  10. Aritra Chakrabarty

    July 25, 2018 at 8:42 am

    This is an excellent post UK. I always try to fast once in a while but since I have migraine, empty stomach leads to headache. However the information shared is really good.

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    • UK's Fashionablefoodz

      July 25, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Ohh, then you should avoid it. Fasting does help keep the body fit for a few more years. 🙂

      Reply

  11. Neha Tambe

    July 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Hey, UK! That’s a detailed post talking about fasting and its benefits. I will give it a try this Shravan. I didn’t fast, only because I associated fasting with eating empty calories. Your suggestions are helpful.

    Reply

  12. Priyal

    July 25, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I too agree by going fasting we can keep ourself healthy and fit it’s just we have to maintain a healthy diet

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  13. Jhilmil Bhansali

    July 26, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Fasting is a well established concept in Jainism and I have seen the logics of fasting wrt detox while growing up. It really gives one a good feel and helps in better cleansing and a good metabolism.

    Reply

  14. Pavneet

    July 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I never know so many benefits of fasting thanks for sharing in detail it’s really informative. And yes starving is completely different from fasting

    Reply

  15. Yogita Joshi

    July 26, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Fasting surely has many benefits… This detailed post comes right on time n will surely help everyone.

    Reply

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