Fasting my do permanent harm to the body. Fasting, as opposed to cutting down on food, is not a good idea while trying to lose weight. Your body, in order to operate smoothly, needs an ample supply of various nutrients. Fasting deprives the body of all nutrients and forces the body to use reserved sources of energy. This throws the body into an emergency situation where it must cope with very limited means.
One facet of fasting is nutritionally acceptable where stored fat in cells are concerned – who needs cellulite and blocked arteries? But it is not acceptable when other vitamins and minerals are withheld from the body. (There may be exceptions where religious folk have trained their bodies to fasting, and this article will not get into that.)
As opposed to fasting to lose weight, why not eat regular meals but cut out excessive fats and carbohydrates. A sample lightweight breakfast might consist of a poached or boiled egg, a piece of whole wheat toast with no butter or jam and a glass of skim or one percent milk. With that, you’ve given your body some protein and some grains that will supply working nutrients until lunch time.
You’ve not rushed off to work or to school and found yourself dizzy and lightheaded by ten. Instead of a candy bar – with all those empty calories – for a hasty pickup you will choose an ounce of dried cranberries and a few nuts, or wait until lunch. Instead of that you could have chosen half a cup of cereal and low fat milk and an apple or half a banana. Definitely lightweight but not in a starvation mode.
Fasting to lose weight is not only a bad idea, it is a terrible idea. Possibly by lunch, had you gone to work without eating, you would be weak and unfit for work. You barely have enough energy to get your malnourished body to a nearby fast food restaurant where you gorge on a tasty but nutritionally bad cheese burger and fries. You will begin dieting tomorrow, your tell yourself. Or you could have had been forced to go home, too weak to work.
The smart you would have brought your lunch. Finding no time in the morning for planning, you hastily cut a slice of whole wheat bread diagonally and smeared the two sections with peanut butter. You left off the usual peach jam. Into a small sandwich bag you put a handful of carefully washed grapes. Into another sandwich bag you placed some carrot and celery sticks.
That lunch is not the best in the world but peanut butter is an excellent energy source. It will see you through until evening break time and the grapes saved from lunch. Yes you are somewhat hungry but you have not deprived your body entirely. It has been forced to tap into the fat supplies to carry on but has not been lacking in protein, the cell’s building blocks.
The important thing to remember when dieting by limiting your food intake, is not to overdo that either. After a few days on a skimpy diet most people become tired and are completely lacking in energy. That says you are carrying the dieting too far. To overcome this add more food to your carefully planned diet.
Don’t forgo dieting entirely, but adjust it until you are feeling energetic again but not overly stuffed as before dieting. Vary your foods and if necessary count your calories. Taking in fewer calories than needed forces your body to use its reserve supply of fats. If your diet is otherwise sound, your body will be healthier because of your diet.
Don’t fast. Eat sparsely of simple easy to digest foods and drink plenty of water. This could even be called modified fasting since the purpose will be positive, not negatively charged.