To fast or not to fast. That is the question.
How many times have you tried diet after diet, losing a few pounds along the way, just to fail and go back to bad eating habits.
It can be very discouraging, I know, I’ve been there. I still fight it sometimes. I remember one time I joined Weight Watchers, which is a very sensible program. I lose 1 pound one week and it cost me $15.00 to lose one pound. For me that did not make sense, way to expensive.
But there is a better solution. It’s called fasting.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, consider fasting, especially water fasting.
Water fasting has been around for many years. First for religious reasons, many followers fasted for their beliefs in their church teachings. For whatever reasons abstaining from food (fasting) has been around for hundreds of years. Today many religions still fast.
But if you are interested in fasting to lose weight, hopefully this will be a guide to help you in your weight loss journey.
Start by doing intermittent fasting, either 1 or 2 light meals a day. This will give your body a chance to adjust to lighter amounts of food. Try this for a week, then start your water fast. Give up red meat, processed foods, sugars, sodas, and alcohol when doing the intermittent fasting. You will lose weight just doing this, but if you want to water fast do the intermittent fasting first. This gives your body a chance to adjust to a new way of eating or not eating. Your chances for extreme symptoms with out food will be less. No one needs to have discomfort when losing weight.
Start it on a day that is relativity quiet, on the weekend or very light work load in your work environment. Keep your social commitments to a minimum or none at all. In the beginning, the less temptations the better.
Keep a lot of water handy, plus some flavored waters and green teas. This will help with hunger and cravings.
The first few days are the hardest. Usually after the first days of water fasting, you will lose your desire to stuff your face. Your desire for all the wrong foods will leave you. But keep in mind that the cravings can come back.
If you get shaky or light headed, have something light. A cup of bullion, a small apple or a couple of crackers.
Remember, just eat a little bit, very slowly to stabilize your blood sugar. Don’t go on a binge and eat everything in sight. It could make you sick, especially if you have been fasting for a while.
You will encounter times when fasting is very easy and times when you just don’t think you can do it any more.
The rewards are well worth the hard work and discipline. The weight will come off very fast and to me, it’s easier than cooking meals and having to show restraint and only eat a small portion. My theory is out of sight, out of mind.
Even if you have a family to cook for, it’s still easier to feed them and not eat yourself, than to have just a little. “Just a little” does not work for me.
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Thank you for visiting my site. Deanna