If you are interested in fasting for weight loss but don’t have time to do it long-term, then this article will strip you of that excuse and – hopefully – move you into action. Enough is enough. The time is NOW to lose excess weight and cleanse your body dear friend. Life is too short. Let us not allow any more precious time to pass in obesity and sickness.
Why not try intermittent fasting? Some people think that unless they fast for days and days, then they might as well not do it at all. That is just not the case. In fact, fasting intermittently can be just as powerful. It can hold incredible health benefits for you; in mind, body and spirit. Any period of time that the digestive system can get to rest and focus on cleansing will help you.
If your boss tells you that “you can go home for the day.” Will you refuse because he isn’t giving you the entire week off? Or will you jump at the chance to rest even for a few hours? Of course! You would go home, right? Well, so is the digestive system. It will be VERY grateful for the rest, even if you stop eating only for a few hours. THAT is at the very heart of what intermittent fasting is all about.
Intermittent fasting means means that you will select certain hours and/or days during which you will not eat solid food. Instead, you can drink water or juice – depending on the type of fast you wish to do. Fasting with water only will provide greater weight loss but is also more difficult.
So if you are a beginner, I suggest you start with a juice fast. Better to put the fruit low so you can reach it. In other words, make it easy for yourself. You can always fast for longer periods of time later if you wish. Always remember: slow is fast. This is not a race.
That’s why intermittent fasting is such a great way to go. Perhaps not everyone can fast for 30 days, but pretty much everyone can skip a meal several times a week, or fast for a 24-hour cycle. It doesn’t matter whether you have successfully fasted in the past or not, this type of alternating structure can work for you. It wipes away any fears and/or excuses you might have had for not taking action. Let’s look at several intermittent fasting methods that you can consider.
The easiest way to start is by simply skipping a meal three times per week (or even every day)… usually lunch. When you wake up, eat your breakfast as usual. You can then fast through lunch and break the regimen at night with a sensible dinner. This is similar to the type of fast many do during the lenten season. They fast from sunup to sundown every day for 40 days. Why don’t you give that a shot?
Another option is to fast for 24-hours (from 8am to 8am, for example) followed by 24 hours of normal (but improved health-wise) eating. You would, in essence, be fasting “every other day.” Some people do this indefinitely until they reach their weight loss and/or health goals.
Let’s go a bit further. You can also fast for half the week, meaning (for example) that you would have breakfast Monday morning and then fast through Thursday evening. How does that sound? You would break the fast with a light salad, steamed veggies and/or fruit.
Slightly harder but very powerful is weekly intermittent fasting. In other words, you fast from Sunday to Sunday, then you return to eating for the same number of days, and then resume fasting. So you would be fasting “every other week” for an entire seven days. One man I coached some time ago followed this system for six months and lost 145 pounds.
So what are you going to do? While a regular fast may not be for you, I am certain that doing it intermittently is something that you CAN do. Even skipping one meal every few days is better than doing nothing. The journey of a thousands miles begins with the first step, right?
Or perhaps you are afraid of fasting. Yes, I can understand. There are a LOT of misconceptions out there about this discipline. Some people may tell you that you will “die” if you do not eat every day. Or that your body will collapse for lack of nutrition. To be sure, I DO recommend that you first get a checkup if you are unsure about your health. However, in most cases, fasting does not deteriorate health. Rather, it improves it!
The bottom line is that you’re not alone. There are many out there that are adopting this amazing discipline and seeing remarkable results. Think about what your motivations are. Why do you want to fast? What do you think you’ll gain from it? Cementing your goals and motivation in your mind can help you follow through with it.
Don’t let this be just another article you read on your path to losing weight and getting healthier. Make this “the day” you decide to start to walk towards your health and weight loss goals. There are literally no excuses for not making this a priority. What can be more important than your own health?
What will happen to your loved ones if you become ill? What price are you willing to pay in your mind and body for NOT taking action? I submit to you that whatever hunger or discomfort we go through while fasting is little in comparison to the HUGE health benefits we receive. You can see permanent change in your life. You can make this happen! Start today… how about right now?