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Why Science Matters: Debunking Fasting Myths and Facts

Since there are many myths, misconceptions, and beliefs when it comes to fasting, we decided to break them down here with research-proven facts, and know-how to help you make informed decisions about fasting.

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I fast for greater physical & mental efficiency.

– Plato

How does fasting help me lose weight?

Fasting For Weight Loss

Is fasting safe?

RISKS & BENEFITS

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Intermittent Fasting (IF)

Strategy that combines periods of eating with periods of fasting into a regular schedule.

Fasting With Water

The purposeful abstention of all food – solid or liquids – except for water. 

Dry Fasting

Dry Fasting

DF is the abstinence of food and water. Total. Abstinence. Dry!

Medical & Healing fasts

Medical & Healing Fast

Medical/therapeutic fasting is – eating nothing for medical advancements and natural healing.

Time Restricted Eating

The philosophy that aligns mealtimes with your natural circadian rhythm.

Fasting With Juice

Combine all your fruits & veggies into delicious juice for a select period of time.

Ketogenic Fasting

Ketogenic Fasting

Combines keto dieting principles with routine periods of fasting for enhanced fat loss. 

Fast for Religion

Spiritual & Religious

Spiritual and religious fasts have been part of almost every culture and religion throughout recorded history.

Prolonged Fasting

Fasting for 48 hours and over to
achieve health benefits and clarity.

Fasting With Food

Also known as Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), eating specific macronutrients to keep your body in a fasting state. 

Alternate Day Fasting

The idea behind ADF is simple – eat one day, don’t eat the next.

Detox Cleanses

Detox & Cleanse Programs

 Focus on improving liver health, the main detox organ, and nearly all of them enhance elimination and digestion.

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What is fasting?
According to the dictionary, fasting is abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink. But more accurately, fasting is a tool that can help you tap into your body’s innate healing and fat-burning potential by selectively refraining from caloric-food or drinks either part or all of the day.
Is fasting safe?

Fasting has been part of every human culture and religion since time immemorial and is generally recognized by the medical establishment as being safe. There have even been yearlong fasts (doctor-supervised, of course) that were not damaging in any way!

But there are certain conditions that people should always check in with their doctors before attempting fasts of any kind:

  • Heart problems
  • Liver or kidney insufficiency
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding
  • Eating disorders
  • Hypothyroidism
Is fasting a diet or a lifestyle?
Doctors regard most fasting methods as lifestyle changes – not a diet.

When you practice intermittent fasting, there are no limits as to what type of foods you can eat, and you can eat as much or as little as you need to during your eating window. (Active people usually have to eat more, and sedentary people are advised not to overeat on any fasting protocol.)

That said, most people tend to eat fewer calories while fasting as a lifestyle.

What are the most popular types of fasting?
Researchers have focused mainly on alternate day fasts (also called Eat-Stop-Eat) and Time Restricted Eating. But the 16/8 method, the 5:2 method, and the fasting-mimicking diet are popularly used for weight loss and health gains.

What’s the best fasting method? That depends on your current state of health, your activity levels, and your calorie needs. Make sure to consult your doctor to see which one is right for you.

Does fasting help me to lose weight?
There isn’t just one way that fasting helps you lose weight, but we’ll start with the most obvious: you’re not eating.

Studies show that calorie restriction is one of the most reliable ways to lose weight and keep it off, and that’s true whether you cut portions daily or fast weekly.

Fasting also primes your metabolism to burn fat for fuel, which gives you energy and focus without the daily carb cravings.

Last but not least, fasting improves insulin sensitivity – this helps you lose weight in several ways

5 Myths About Fasting and Meal Frequency

  1. Skipping breakfast makes you fat
  2. Eating frequently boosts your metabolism
  3. Fasting puts your body in starvation mode
  4. Intermittent fasting makes you lose muscle
  5. Intermittent fasting makes you overeat

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