Let me first start off by saying that fasting is NOT the same as starving yourself. There are several reasons why people choose to fast, weight loss being at the top of that list. So, why fast????
In a recent article from Mark’s Daily Apple, mark goes over all the in’s and out’s of fasting. It is fascinating. Since starting the primal diet I choose to fast every Sunday. Usually Saturday night is my cheat meal so I always feel better starting the week fresh with a 24 hour fast. This means that I don’t consume anything for a full 24 hours…including water. So Saturday night I do a good carb load and then I won’t eat again until Sunday at dinner. Some might think that this is a little too extreme. Its really not as crazy as it seems! I have really grown to enjoy my fasts and I always begin the week re-motivated and not feeling like I blimped out!! I will even fast during the week if I slipped up really bad on my diet.
So, some common questions with fasting…
Is it ok to exercise while you’re fasting?? Absolutely, so long as you don’t feel light headed. I have started working out on an empty stomach in the mornings and I find that I have had way more energy!
Will I lose weight while fasting? Obviously you will lose some weight because you are restricting your calories. Fasting decreases insulin levels which also decreases body fat.
How long can I fast for? You can fast as long as you want as long as you are hydrating if you chose to go over 24 hours. You will also need to take some vitamin supplements and really educate yourself about fasting first.
I have found fasting to be very helpful and motivational. If you are wanting to know more about it, check out mark’s link and frequently asked questions page. There are a ton of health benefits to fasting. Totally worth educating yourself about it. Especially if you have hit a plateau. Share your thoughts!! :)