Intermittent Fasting for Healthy Living
Intermittent Fasting Benefits
Fasting has been followed by all cultures and religions in one way or the other.
Some spiritual fasts are done for days together – Navaratri in Hinduism, Ramadan in Islam and Easter in Christianity. According to human physiology, one can live up to 40 days without any food but with water. In fact, many Yogis and Maharishis have been known to live without food or sometimes even without water for a long time, ‘eating air’ alone.
Fasting differs from starvation.
Fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for spiritual, health or other reasons. Paracelsus once said, “Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within”. Our genetic tendency to overeat is the root cause of everything from Diabetes to neurodegenerative disease. Fasting is the oldest and most powerful dietary intervention by simply allowing the body to burn off excess body fat.
Therapeutic Fasting or Intermittent Fasting is total abstinence from all food, but not water. The purpose of therapeutic fasting is the promotion and restoration of health. It’s the simplest way ever to lose weight and improve many health problems.
One of the benefits of fasting is that it breaks insulin resistance, which is the primary cause of Diabetes. Fasting shifts our awareness from outside of our body to inside of our body. It deepens our awareness on the self. Gradually it helps develop the quality of self restraint and resilience. Another benefit of intermittent fasting is that it detoxifies the body, which implies it enhance the productive functionality of our body.
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Please note that one must follow fasting only under proper medical supervision and advice
For Beginners: intermittent fasting
Simple fast: 12 hours (first week)
Early dinner at 7.30 pm
Fasting time 7.30 pm to 8 am next day.
2 nd week : 14 hrs fasting
Eating time between 9 am to 7 pm
Fasting time between 7 pm to next day 9am .
Intermittent fasting: 16 hours
(3rd week) – Early dinner 7.30 pm and a late breakfast at 11.30 am.
Eating time is 11.30 am to 7.30 pm
There will be variations in time of fasting depending on the individual lifestyle.
It is always advisable to consult therapeutic fasting expert for more benefits.
During fasting time:
- Adequate water must be taken
- Coffee/Tea/Green Tea – without sugars can be taken.
During Eating Time:
Low carbohydrate diet is advised during eating time for effective control of sugar and DM / weight loss.