Many men and women around the world use intermittent fasting for losing weight. If you are thinking about doing this type of fasting, its important that you discuss this with your doctor.
Fasting goes back thousands of years. Even Jesus fasted 2,000 years ago. The New Testament tells us that Jesus Fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. He did this in the desert.
Some experts say that fasting is good for the body and others say that its not beneficial. Some people do intermittent fasting for 17 hours a day in 24-hour period two days a week. Our ancestors often fasted on a regular basis because they had to gather food for themselves. There were no grocery stores, meat markets or fruit stands. If you wanted something to eat, you would have to hunt for it or grow your own vegetables and hope that the crops didn’t die because of extreme weather conditions or insects.
Our ancestors would often have one big meal a few times a week when they had gathered their harvest. Families, neighbors and friends would come together to share their harvests together in order to have enough food for everyone to eat. Sometimes a person would eat bit on a Monday and would not have food again until Wednesday or Thursday because there was no food to eat. There were no refrigerators to store food and wild animals would often eat food that was laying around. Times were hard for our ancestors.
Many religions practice fasting on a regular basis. Faiths such as: Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism all practice fasting from time to time.
All fasts do not have to involve going without food or water. Let us look at the Daniel Fast from the Old Testament. In the Old Testament and in the book of Daniel 10:2-3, the Holy Bible tells us that Daniel fasted for 3 weeks.
Daniel chose to do this because he was a religious man that was forbidden to eat certain types of food that was forbidden by Mosaic laws. He didn’t want to eat much of the king’s foods because it contained forbidden meats. Daniel worked for the king and could not eat of these foods because he would have been sinning against God.
Also, some of the king’s foods were already sacrificed to idols. Fasting is often for connecting with God on a higher level. People of faith often fast because they want to get closer to God. Fasting often reveals information to you that can help you on a regular basis.
Fasting can bring you to higher levels of truth. It can elevate you to connect with spirits on another dimension. Therefore, people of faith often practice fasting.
Daniels diet consisted of nuts, fruits, seeds, water and vegetables. The Daniel fast believes that this gets rid of toxins from the body. Some men and women say that they open their spirit to receiving the Lord’s will during a fast.
What is Water Fasting?
Water fasting is a fast in which a person drinks only water for a specified period. Water fasts often last for one to three days. People water fast for different reasons. Some of the most popular reasons are getting ready for a surgery, losing weight, detoxing and asking God for something that you want.
Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss
During an intermittent fast, your body does lose weight. However, most people cannot keep the weight off because they go back to their regular eating routines. Most health experts say that you should not fast because you are trying to lose weight. The main reason is because you will gain all your weight back and continue to gain weight if your eating habits are unhealthy. Therefore, coming up with a good diet plan for your life is for the best.
If you need help with constructing a diet plan that is right for you, you should consult a dietician or medical professional that can help you to get the proper number of vitamins and minerals.
We live in a fast food culture. We often want food right now when we are hungry. To think about going home and cooking a meal that will take 2 hours is heart wrenching. You may feel that you cannot wait to eat. However, fast food often contains hydrogenated oils and deep-fried foods that are not good for your arteries.
Intermittent fasting for weight loss is sometimes beneficial for a short-term goal. Perhaps you are in the military and they told you that you are two pounds overweight and you must lose this weight within 7 days or else you will be kicked out of the military. In order to pass your weigh in, you decide to go on a 2 days water fast before your weigh in. Yes, the scale will say that you lost weight. This could keep you from getting kicked out of the military. However, your weight will come right back once you resume your regular diet.
The fastest way to lose weight is to structure a diet plan that consumes mostly vegetables and fruits. Also, exercising for at least 30 minutes a day. Staying off unhealthy foods that contain hydrogenated oils and trans fats. You should not consume more calories a day that what is recommended by your doctor.
As example of this is if your doctor told you to only eat 1500 calories a day, that is all you should be eating. Believe it or not, many fast food meals contain over 2,000 calories in one sitting. This means that if you ate a typical fast food meal 3 times a day, you are consuming 6,000 + calories. This is not including the beverages that you eat throughout the day such as: latte, soda, sugary drinks and other beverages that have high amounts of artificial sugars in them. Many contain high fructose corn syrup.
If you begin to journal out what you are eating on a day to day basis, you may conclude that you are consuming a lot more calories than you thought. Most people are shocked to find out that the body needs only a little bit of food to survive on a day to day basis. Many people eat for comfort reasons and don’t even know it.
Coming Up With an Intermittent Fasting Plan
Its important to come up with a plan for fasting before you take the plunge. Here are some steps that you can take in deciding on how you will go about fasting:
- Consult with your doctor and tell him/her of your fasting plans. Explain how long you plan on fasting and what types of food and drinks you will be consuming and avoiding. Tell your doctor of all the medications that you are taking as well.
- What do you hope to accomplish on the fast? (spiritual growth, weight loss, spiritual awakening, answers for prayer, etc.).
- How many days will you fast?
- What are you worried about before fasting?
- A list of emergency contacts of whom to contact in case an emergency arises.
- How will you handle friends, family and co-workers that ask you about your fast?
- Keep a journal of your fasting. Write down things that you have learned.
- Read books about the type of fast that you plan on doing. This could help you to feel comfort knowing that others have done a similar fast to what you are about to do.
Intermittent Fasting Coffee
Some men and women drink black coffee during their intermittent fast. A single cup of black coffee contains around three calories. There are some traces of protein in this. There is not enough vitamins and nutrients in coffee to break a fast. Some people choose to drink herbal teas as well for the same reasons.
Black coffee has been known to suppress your appetite for long periods of time. This helps you to complete your fast easier.
3 Day Water Fast
The 3-day water fast is probably the most common type of fast for spiritual purposes. Some men and women do this if they celebrate Easter. This often represents the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the most part, 3-day water fasts are safe for most people. It’s often enough time to feel suffering from going without food. It’s also enough time for most people to feel a new spiritual awakening.
It is suggested by most religions that when you go on a 3-day water fast, you should be alone and away from temptation and distraction. It’s hard to stay on a water fast if you are watching commercials on television about eating juicy hamburgers and tacos. The temptation alone of these commercials often makes a person feel like they must break their fast. Yes, fast food can be highly addictive for many people.
Intermittent Fasting Meal Plan
You can style your meal plan any way that you would like. Here are a few sample meals plans for a fast:
Meal plan #1
Eat a diet for 3 weeks consisting only of nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. Drink only water and vegetable juices to cleans the body of toxins.
Meal plan #2
Drink only water for 3 days.
Meal plan #3
Eat only meats, small amounts of fruits and vegetables. Avoid all starches. Some people refer to this as the Atkins diet plan. This is often helpful for people that are trying to lose weight.
What Are the Different Types of Fasting?
- Drinking water only fasting.
- Avoiding all deserts and only eating foods that are healthy.
- Only drinking vegetable juice for a specified period.
- Only drinking fruit juices for a specific period.
- Only eating salad for 7 days and drinking water.
- 24 hours fast.
- 3 day fast.
- 14 day fast.
- Fasting from sunup to sundown.
Eating One Meal a Day
This fast only allows you to eat one meal a day. Its most popular to eat your one meal at around 5:00 p.m. This is a midpoint between breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The rest of the day, you are supposed to only drink water, vegetable juices and fruit juices. The one meal a day fast is said to help promote a healthier stomach because it gives your belly a chance to rest from eating foods that it must constantly break down.
Many men and women that choose this style of fasting say that it resets your metabolism and gives you a chance to lose weight in a healthy manner.
Intermittent Fasting Before and After
You will often have a lot more energy and a good lookout on your fast before you begin. You will often feel like you are going to do this fast with no problems. You may be saying to yourself, “3 days of fasting isn’t so bad.” However, you will come to see that in just a few hours of your fast, your body begins to get tempted by all sorts of foods and deserts that are all around you. Once you start seeing commercials on the internet from foods that you love, you may feel the wanting to break your fast.
You will feel that you are going through hell at the beginning stages of your fast. You will be more thankful for food once you can eat again. You will feel that your body is suffering through your fast.
After your fast is over with, people will usually feel proud of themselves for completing the fast. Completing a fast often means that you have the courage and the strength to make it through something that most people on the planet will never do. Most people don’t attempt fasting because its hard and requires a great deal of discipline. The magician David Blane completed a fast for 44 days. He stayed in a box suspended off ground during the entire period.
Celebrities That Have Fasted
- Terry Crews
- Nicole Kidman
- Kourtney Kardashian
- Halle Berry
- Neil Patel
- Jennifer Lopez
- Jimmy Kimmel
- Dalai Lama
What is the egg fast diet?
The egg fast diet means that you can eat only butter, chees and eggs. This fast is low in carbs and high in fat. This is also called a ketogenic fast.
In order to make this fast work, you must avoid certain types of foods and eat eggs at specific times throughout the day. Many people complain of constipation while being on this fast. Many people don’t do well on this fast that have no gallbladder, diabetes and eating disorders.
Doing a 48 Hour Fast
Beginners often like 48 hours fast because 2 days goes by rather quickly. You get a taste of what a long term fast might be like. You also get to feel like you are giving up food and certain beverages while being on this fast. It also lets you have more time to do things that you would normally use for eating purposes.
Intermittent Fasting for Beginners
It is highly recommended by most fasting experts that you start off with a 24 hour fast. This is enough time for you to train your body to handle longer fasts. If you do 1 24 hours fast every two weeks, you prepare yourself to fast for longer periods of time.
Once you have mastered and got through a 24 hour fast, you can then do a 48 hour one and then longer. It takes a great deal of discipline to resist certain types of food and liquid for this period. However, you can do it with the right training.
Intermittent Fasting and Working Out
If you work out during intermittent fasting, you will weak and often irritable. It’s important to drink plenty of liquids so that you don’t dehydrate. You should always talk to your doctor if you plan on working out and fasting at the same time. This could be dangerous.
Intermittent Fasting Food List
- Whole grains
Some Water Fasting Tips
Try to not fast for too many days. The shorter the fast, the more quickly your body can recover to a regular diet. It’s also important to consult with a fasting expert. Talk to someone that has already fasted before so that they can best guide you on how to fast. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. You do not want to get your body dehydrated.
Learn to use your time wisely. If it normally would take you 30 minutes to eat your food, try doing 30 minutes of meditation. Read a spiritual book in order to get more in touch with your spirituality. In this way, you grow as a person.
Remember, when you get off your fast, don’t start eating a lot of food. Resume eating slowly. You don’t want to down a large pepperoni pizza when you get off your fast the first day.
If you start to feel ill, consult with your doctor immediately. If you feel extremely weak or tired, this could be a sign that something is wrong.
If you are fasting for a long period of time, make sure that your body is getting enough protein. Some people also take some vitamins and supplements when they are fasting. Does your fast allow you to have protein shakes?
It’s best to not work out during fasting. You are often not getting enough protein or carbohydrates. Your body is weak and needs plenty of rest. Its best to take it easy while fasting.
Make sure that your long-term goals for fasting are not for weight loss. Most people will gain all their weight back and continue to gain weight if you don’t have a balanced diet or proper calorie intake. Remember, the best way to lose weight is to have a meal plan that is properly designed for your body.
Fasting for God
In the Holy Bible and other literature, fasting is talked about. It is mentioned because it is said that a fast can bring you closer to God. It also can cause God to answer prayers more quickly. This is often a necessary practice for some spiritual faiths. It is said that if a person fasts, they gain more spiritual awakening.
What is a 7 Day Juice Cleanse?
Many people do juice fasts to cleanse the body of toxins and to lose weight. If you plan on eating the right number of calories for your body type after your juice fast is over with, this can be a great way to lose weight. Juice contains a lot of vitamins and have a lot of health benefits. They are not good for long term because you often will not be getting enough fiber or protein. Long term juice fasts can be dangerous because it can deplete your body of what it needs to function on a day to day basis.
The good things about 7-day juice cleanses is that you tend to feel less calm and stressful. Especially if you are used to drinking lots of caffeinated beverages. You will often feel like you are cleanings your body of things that may not be good for you. It’s also a way for you to see how important food is for the body. Even on a juice fast, you will go through periods in which you wish you had a hamburger or slice of pizza to eat. This is normal for any fast that you do. Your body will often crave the foods that you often are tempted to eat.
You will come to see that fasting is a part of life that most people feel good about. It is a way to see your inner strengths and weaknesses. You get to see how powerful of a person you are and what you need to do in order to feel a sense of power from within. You get to see your own strong and weak points.