TO DECIDE ON the best fasting method, you
need to know what youll be doing while you fast. If you
want to fast for a long time, and if you need to keep your mind
sharp and your body energetic, the best fasting method is juice
fasting. Read about
the details of juice fasting here.
If you want a more extreme form of fasting,
and if you dont need to be alert or energetic if
you can relax and not work while you fast and if you want
to reap the most benefits from fasting in the shortest possible
time, the best fasting method is water-only fasting.
Either fasting method will make you healthier, help you lose
weight, and can help you change the way you eat afterwards. But
the answer to the question, What is the best fasting method?
should take into account more than just what you drink while
fasting. The best fasting method should include these seven guidelines:
1. Begin by fasting for only one day. You may have some apprehension about fasting,
and worrying can make fasting more unpleasant than it needs to
be. So give yourself a chance to discover how safe and relatively
easy fasting is by going only one day the first time.
The easiest one-day fasting method is to
eat breakfast, and then dont eat anything else until breakfast
the next day.
The next easiest is to eat dinner as you
normally would, and then dont eat the next day at all,
going to bed without eating, and then resume eating the following
day with breakfast. The best fasting method is to take fasting
one step at a time in this gradual way, starting with a one day
Then try fasting for two days. Do that
a few times before trying three days. Give yourself a week or
more of normal eating between fasts.
2. Try juice fasting before you try water-only fasting.
Juice fasting is easier. Water-only fasting can be more uncomfortable.
If fasting is unfamiliar to you, beginning gradually is especially
important. Neither fasting method is the best for everything,
but you can get your toes wet by beginning with the easiest method
3. Fast on days off. You may occasionally feel sluggish and foggy-minded
while fasting, especially with water-only fasting, so dont
put extra pressure on yourself by trying to fast when you need
to be energetic or mentally sharp. The best fasting method is
to make your fast a spa day a day of relaxation. In the
short run it might seem to be a good idea to burn as many calories
as possible while youre fasting, but if you do it that
way, your chances of feeling lousy are higher, so in the long
run, it would probably discourage you from trying it again. Be
sensible. Be safe.
4. Drink plenty of water. Your body normally retains water, unless
you eat a very low-carb
diet. When you fast, your body releases some of that water.
The process of burning fat without sugar (known as ketosis)
uses extra water, so you will get thirsty.
You should drink more water while fasting
than you usually do because not only are you using more water,
but most foods are partly or mostly water, so you routinely take
in more water than you think you do. The best fasting method
will always include drinking plenty of water.
5. Eat healthy food for at least a week
before you start (if you dont normally). While fasting, you will not get any nutrition
(on a water-only fast) or very little nutrition (on a juice fast),
so if youre already deficient in a nutrient, youll
become even more deficient during the fast. Starting your fast
without deficiencies is a key component of a good fasting method.
6. Eat healthy afterwards. Fasting is a great way to help you improve your
diet. You can start a new, healthier way of eating fairly easily
and painlessly after a fast, because eating healthier wont
feel like a deprivation. Even a simple piece of fruit tastes
like a luxurious indulgence after a fast. The best fasting method
uses this to your advantage.
A fast will do you more good if you discontinue
healthy eating habits after the fast. Try to improve your diet,
if only a little, after every fast.
7. Get up slowly.
During a fast, youll have a tendency to feel lightheaded
when you stand up after sitting or lying down. Your blood pressure
is lower than normal because youre not retaining water
(so the volume of your blood is lower). You can actually pass
out if you get up too suddenly, so be careful.
The best fasting method is to fast safely.
If you feel youre going to pass out, sit back down. If
you still feel like youre going to pass out, lie
down on the ground and raise your feet up about six inches to
keep the blood from leaving your head.
To avoid feeling lightheaded during a fast,
stand up slowly.
Fasting is a great way to lose weight and
improve your health (read
more about that here). Follow the seven guidelines above
to do it safely and intelligently.
Make or read comments on fasting
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Read a personal account of my longest fast
yet: Fasting, Metabolism,
I've read a lot of books on fasting. I
didn't think many of them were very good. But I found two I really
liked, and I recommend them if you're interested in trying a
Fasting: An Exceptional Human
Principles of Fasting