Page 1: Getting Started & General Information.
What is fasting?
In short, fasting is when you do not consume food or drinks for several consecutive hours.
Why do people fast?
There are many reasons why people start fasting. Some reasons include weight control, minimising the impact of certain diseases, preventing and reducing the risk of getting other diseases, cleansing and detoxification of the body, and so on.
No matter what the reason, when you fast you give your body the time it needs to clear any toxins building up within while also forcing your cells to jump-start into processes they won’t usually stimulate if they have a steady stream of food and fuel flowing into the body at all times.
What are the overall benefits of fasting?
There are many benefits to fasting, backed by scientists, on how it can help boost your health, help you to lose or regulate your weight, and ultimately help you live a longer and healthier life.
Fasting can help with both your mental and physical health.
Research has found that it can:
- Boost cognitive performance.
- Reduce the risk of obesity.
- Improve overall fitness.
- Support weight loss in combination with nutritional eating and a healthy exercise plan.
- Be associated with extended life expectancy, in combination with other healthy diets.
- Reduce inflammation throughout the entire body.
- Remove the risk of chronic diseases related to obesity or weight issues.
- Improve digestion and decreases the risk of metabolic diseases.
How can you get started with fasting?
Getting started can seem daunting. However, the chances that you have already fasted and didn’t realise it is pretty high. If you’ve ever eaten dinner, slept and not eaten again until lunch, then you’ve already had experience in a 16+ hour fast.
For some of us, this is our instinct. For others, it takes some training.
The simplest method is the 16/8 fasting practice. This is where you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8. As it’s the simplest, it’s the best starting point to get used to the rhythm of fasting. After that, you can start to explore other options and extend your timeframes or integrate a day or two per week where you fast for 24 hours.
Alternatively, if you’re not ready to fully commit just yet, you can try to fast when it's convenient for you. For example, simply skip a meal here and there, listen to your body when it’s hungry or not and avoid eating for no reason.
The best starting point is to experiment with what works for you. This will lead to the best, most sustainable results from your fast.