Fasting has been one of the most prominent things in a lot of cultures and especially in India. Though fasting is seen as a ritualistic approach in India, it actually has its own benefits if done in a proper and scientific way. Although these fasting practices are followed blindly in India, there used to be some logic behind them when they were started. Due to human errors and improper cataloguing of history, these health reasons were lost and people started following them blindly. But now, with so much research being put into health and fitness, the true reasons behind fasting have been discovered.
Basically, when you fast for a certain period of time ie., not eat food during a period of time, the body starts burning the stored fats and calories. As these stored fats and calories are burnt, the extra fat present in the body is reduced thereby reducing weight and helping the person stay fit. But fasting also should be done in a properly controlled manner with optimum food intake before and after the fasting period. Basically, if you eat less before fasting then you will fall sick and will have a weakness. While on the other hand, if you eat more, then the entire effect of fasting will be nullified and the fats you were supposed to burn will not be burnt. Thus, there must be an optimum and efficient way for fasts and hence we would like to assist you by giving you some guidelines to your fasting diet schedule.
1. Daily Approach
In the daily approach, the simple idea is to keep a gap of 16-18 hours between the meals. So, if you eat your food at 6 pm then you should have your next meal at 12 pm the next day. This is the ideal time duration for not eating and anything beyond this might have some adverse effects on your health.
2. Weekly Approach
In the weekly approach, it is suggested to fast for 2 days in a week and have your normal diet schedule for 5 days. This will help even out the calorie intake and burning process while also giving time for burning the fats. Also, try fasting diet for 2 consecutive days instead of alternate days so that the effect can be continuous for 48 hours. Thereby helping you even more.
3. Increase Gradually
One of the most important things to be taken care of when starting the fasting diet is that the increase in time between meals should increase gradually. If you start having 16-18 hour gap from the beginning itself then it might end up harming you more than helping you. Try starting with increasing the gap between meals by 1 hour initially and then increase it after 2 weeks and so on.
This way of dieting has been medically and scientifically seen to help people reduce weight in less time and also helps you in actually being fit and active throughout the day as an excess accumulation of fats does not occur. Also, this diet should not be done by people who have a medical condition, children and even old people.