I believe in fasting only for medical and religious reasons, as the others have mentioned. Your body needs food for a reason: to live. And I prefer to call it a lifestyle versus a diet. Lifestyle is long term. Diet is not.
I'm curious how not eating can kick start a diet? All it will make you want to do is binge on bad foods because you are hungry!
Just follow a sensible eating plan.
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I think it works for some people, looks like mostly men.
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Unless it was your doctor telling you that, I"d skip the advice. And even if it was your doctor, you'd better ask some big questions before taking it.
You do not need to starve yourself. Fasting is done for religious reasons, generally; there are no health benefits to fasting. If anything, it will slow your metabolism and SLOW your weight loss efforts... not boost them.
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A new trend seems to be intermittent fasting (IF). I would be miserable trying this, but there seem to be a lot of proponents for it on the internet (whatever that is worth!!!) Here is a little article by Andrew Weil on the topic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-wei l-md/fasting-health_b_1557043.html
It seems to come down more to total calories eaten over time. Intermittent Fasting does not mean that your overall caloric intake is less over, say, a week, than eating 5-6 small meals evenly divided throughout the day. There does not seem to be a lot of real scientific evidence that the frequent small meals revs your metabolism more than the traditional 3 meals a day, as long as you are falling in your Spark Calorie ranges overall. I think it is more of a matter of preference as far as how you choose to divide your calories in a way that fits your lifestyle.
What kind of fast are you talking about? How low would the calories be, and for how long?
8/21/12 4:09 P
"I have been told that it's healthy to fast in order to give you're body and extra kick-start when dieting."
Curious as to who would tell you something like that! Bad advice.
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I personally don't think fasting is good unless it is for a medical or religious reason. I think that learning healthy habits such as eating and exercise best prepare your body for weigh loss and will ensure continued success in keeping it off.
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8/21/12 4:06 P
personally, I wouldn't fast for anything other than religious reasons or for medical tests.
if skipping breakfast slows down your metablosim (and it does), what does skipping ALL your meals do? Doesn't sound like much of a jump start to me.
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