Does Fasting Work?

Does Fasting Work?

Fasting is all the rage in today’s era of desired weight loss. We have reached the point where people are noticing more and more that the average weight of the human race is increases as the years go by. Many people attempt to combat weight gain with fasting of various kinds. In this article, we will discuss two different supposed uses for fasting and why they don’t work for long!

intermittent fasting

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is the idea of fasting on and off long term. It may be that you fast for 16 hours of the day and eat only during 8; or it may be that you fast for a full day and eat normally the following day. Unfortunately, neither of these fasting plans work!  When you fast for 16 hours, you may lose 50 grams or so of weight, however, during the 8 where you begin eating gain, you will gain as much or more back! In the same way if you fast for a full day, whatever weight you may have lost over the twenty four hours will be returned to you in full the following day when you eat again. The reason for this is simple. When you deprive your body of food, it goes into starvation mode. When it does this, the body will use the fat and protein stored within it as fuel. However, when you introduce food back into your system, you are still in starvation mode. Another aspect of starvation mode is that your body will absorb any and all fat content of the foods you eat, in an attempt to combat your supposed starvation! So you see, by refusing to fuel your body with the nutrients it requires, you are in fact forcing it to store extra fat. This is why intermittent fasting doesn’t work!

Detoxification

fastingMany people also choose to fast for a few days or even a week in an attempt to remove the toxins from your body. What these people are likely unaware of, is that the toxins in your body are there because of the things you’re eating! Well, yes, they probably know that, but not this next part! The body itself already has a detoxification system! This system functions perfectly so long as you eat the right foods! If you eat the correct foods, your body’s internal detoxification system will keep your whole body clean at all times. However, if you are putting high calorie and fatty foods into your system, then it doesn’t matter if you fast to detoxify it as you will simply ingest those toxins again as soon as you begin eating!

Healthy diet food

Find a Healthy Diet

So instead of trying to starve your body, all you need to do is find a healthy diet to follow! As long as you are eating nutritious foods high in protein, with little or no negative fats and carbs, you won’t need to fast at all! Fasting is not wrong, or necessarily bad for you; however, fasting is also not an answer to weight gain!