I have been doing some reading on the internet about fasting because I'm beginning to change my way of life (on a health level). I was wondering if anyone has ever fasted for health purposes? What type of fasting did you do and has it helped? Thanks in advance :) Any other information on fasting would be apperciated as well ;)

 

 

Let me clarify (lol), When I say fasting, I mean not taking in any solid food. I have read that if you fast with only liquids (be it slim fast, V8, fruit juices -non-acidic- broth and so on) for no more than 3 days it does, (as Radu suggests), produces anti aging hormones and cleans out your digestive track. It is said to sort of push the resset button on your eating habits and digestive track. I am a very unhealthy eater. I love carbs, sugars, and pretty much anything you can think of that is unhealthy. however I do enjoy salad and other healthier foods, I just never choose them to eat. My portion size is outrageous. I won't even go into detail on that LOL. i have read, when fasting you should still have caloric intake just not in the form of solid foods.... So with a little more information, what do you all think? Sorry this is not in the original post, I was tired and in a hurry. :)

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I prefer eating the right food in the right amount, and a good, strenuous exercise to be healthy. I'm not really sure if there is anything healthy in Fasting... in fact, it can be quite dangerous if you leave your stomach empty while all the gastric acids in your stomach are boiling—thinking that they have 'food' to digest, when it's actually the walls of your digestive system it's trying to melt away. You will then suffer an ailment called, Gastritis. In addition, the body always need a frequent supply of nutrition. The acids in your body does not provide this.

Anyone else got a take on this? I could be missing something or wrong about some ideas.

and yeah, fasting was most likely intended for religious nonsense :/
I second Jean Marie. Fasting is not a good state of being for your body. Mostly it just throws everything out of wack, and it can even be dangerous. My best friend does it every year for Ramadan and every year I tell her how ridiculous she is and to please at least drink some freaking Gatorade before she ends up in the hospital.

A better idea would be to eat healthier and get some aerobic exercise. The Mediterranean "Diet" is one of the best for your overall health and waistline. Pick up a cookbook and try out some recipes-- that would be fun and good for you!
Why use the word "fasting", which is ancient nonsense?

Just go vegan. Not vegetarian; milk and cheese just make people grow. Try adding a lot of fiber (especially in the form of raw vegetables and fruit); this speeds up digestion and which can help with losing weight, and don't jump on the pastry-baked-goods line ( because that will balance out all the benefits ).

Not eating anything is not something you do for health, it's what you do for hallucinations.

You might also want to read about this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet
i dont think it would be a good idea to deprive you're body of nutrients...instead, you should start eating better. you need nutrients to give you're body fuel to even digest food in the first place, so why would you want to stop eating for a period of time anyway?
Yum. Wine.
I doubt that the fasting that religious types perform is healthy. But, I fast every single night and sometimes celebrate by breaking fast in the morning.

I can say that as I have gotten older and my physical activity has decreased (especially after getting a desk job!), that reducing my caloric intake has been essential to my health. I typically skip breakfast nowadays, despite what we are told about it being the healthiest meal of the day, eat a light lunch, and splurge a little on dinner. Eating less makes me feel better and this is how I have found I am able to do so. So, while I am not really fasting in the religious sense, I have drastically reduced my caloric intake for my health. I try to limit it to 1800 calories per day, which can be difficult to do since I still love cheeseburgers, beer, and other high calorie foods.

Our bodies are like high performance machines that require exercise on a daily basis. We were designed to exert ourselves and our appetites were designed to drive us to replenish that spent energy. Modern, sedentary lifestyles are, some recent studies strongly suggests, very bad for us. You would be better off walking or running every day than you would be fasting.
Let me clarify (lol), When I say fasting, I mean not taking in any solid food. I have read that if you fast with only liquids (be it slim fast, V8, fruit juices -non-acidic- broth and so on) for no more than 3 days it does, (as Radu suggests), produces anti aging hormones and cleans out your digestive track. It is said to sort of push the resset button on your eating habits and digestive track. I am a very unhealthy eater. I love carbs, sugars, and pretty much anything you can think of that is unhealthy. however I do enjoy salad and other healthier foods, I just never choose them to eat. My portion size is outrageous. I won't even go into detail on that LOL. i have read, when fasting you should still have caloric intake just not in the form of solid foods.... So with a little more information, what do you all think? Sorry this is not in the original post, I was tired and in a hurry. :)
Fasting even they way you described isn't going to push a reset button on your eating habits. Resetting your eating habits is something that is going to take time. Changing your eating habits is a lifestyle change.

You've already taken the first step to eating healthier though by recognizing that you don't eat healthy. Here's some things the I'd recommend to get healthier.
- Keep a food journal for a while. Write down everything you eat the quantity and the calories. This helps you really see what you are putting into your body and at what amounts.
- Make a yourself a poster for your kitchen entrance that says something like "Are you really hungry." This help keep you on track an in the right mindset.
- Start slowly... if you find you are currently consuming something like 3000 calories a day don't suddenly start eating 1500 calories suddenly. Shave off 100-200 calories each week until you are at the desired level for your body and activity level.
- Don't keep snack food around the house. The only thing I keep around the house in terms of munchies is a bowl of veggies in the fridge. Everything else in my house has to be prepared.
- Make food at home as opposed to eating out. Try to limit eating out to once a week.
- Every so often let yourself splurge. It's ok to eat a doughnut or a greasy cheeseburger once in a great while.
Do you think you might perhaps get diarrhea, though? That sounds diarrhea-inducing to me. But, maybe not.
I am fasting. I have to compromise because my parents are believers and the only food they buy is non-animal-provenience ( no meat, eggs, milk ). Fasting is a frenzy here between orthodox's. They always read the labels to see if the products are OK. Nobody in the modern world can truly fast. Everything is animal based to some extent.

Fasting is full of bullshit.

However, it is healthy to some extent. Some people are starving themselves with, what is now known as the black fasting ( where you don't eat anything; only water ) for a couple of days. Priests reached 20 days. Low metabolism?

If kept to a certain extent, fasting is vegetarianism. I would suggest a weekday veg diet ( Monday-Friday : vegetarian ; Saturday-Sunday : free food ).

Fasting is healthy in principle, only because veggies are healthy.

Again, it is full of bullshit. If you don't believe don't fast. Try weekday veg ( look it up on TED )
Starving your self is never healthy. Balanced diet and regular exercise is the only way to keep your body in tip tip condition. Anything else is just silly.
Do not make drastic changes to your diet overnight. Rather introduce it over a period of weeks so your body can adjust without any turmoil. Do not eat 2 hours before sleeping. Regular exercise – even just walking for 45 minutes is great. Dump any bags of sugar that are in the kitchen. Your body will get used very quickly to not having it. Also watch your salt consumption. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry. Some people find it helpful to serve their food on smaller diameter plates. Indulge yourself in something delicious once a week once your exercise regime has kicked in. Major diet changes can leave you drained for a few weeks but will leave you feeling full of energy and enthusiasm after that. Maybe doing the diet with a friend can also help especially when going for walks or runs. Do not crash diet or starve yourself. It is unhealthy and you will probably end up putting more weight back on. The best diet is your own common sense and not special knowledge in a book. Enjoy the process.

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