TYPES OF FASTING
Now if you are religious, you probably already know of some types of fasting programs, if not just ask an experienced practitioner / preacher within your sect or refer to the specific holy books of your religion. (Internet search) As an example, some Catholics abstain from meat or poultry on fridays during lent and also either give up a certain food for lent or do some type of extra good deeds during that time.
Only taking in fluids (both caloric and non caloric) including broth-like soups has helped many people lose weight as well as detox their system.
There are different levels to this option which differ on how strictly you avoid any animal derived product or not. However, a basic type of vegetarian fast just means you avoid all land or air meat / poultry or bird products. Dairy products may be included in this fast hold you choose to allow them. Many people including previous / current clients swear by vegetarian diets, claiming they have lost weight and experienced more energy. This can be a temporary fast or a permanent lifestyle change but rest assured, many people including top weight lifting and MMA fighters have built muscle and maintained excellent health while on a vegetarian diet. It can even help the environment by reducing carbon emissions produced in meat industry. Personally I feel it’s possible but some people can transition to or follow a vegetarian diet better than others based on their heritage so proper nutrition is crucial to sustain it long term.
There are many different forms and levels to fasting or cleanses that pretty much abstain from almost all but a few calories per day. You already perform one of these while you sleep of course fasting from your last meal one evening until your first meal the next morning or “break-fast,” which is all in the name. One very important step to this very prevalent form of fasting is often missed which I outline in the fasting programs or membership found under the programs / membership tab at the top. It has to do with when you have your last meal relative to sleeping. Both the last time you eat, the content of that last meal and the time you go to sleep are all important factors that should be balanced. As a general rule, as many professionals would agree, you shouldn’t eat within 2 hours of going to sleep. For basic overnight fasting to work, you need food to be fully digested by the time you go to sleep for your liver and the rest of your organs to fully detoxify your blood and carry out the many basic essential functions of sleep including repair and growth of muscles and other tissues. There are also many tricks to help ensure your body digests your food full before you start counting those sheep.
Between Meal Fasting
Some of you also may do this one too. If you don’t eat anything including snacks or caloric beverages between your 2 or 3 meals a day, then you are essentially fasting between your meals. This can help your body assure proper digestion, absorption of nutrients and elimination of wastes from each meal, if your meals are balanced of course. Drinking adequate water or other caffeine free, non caloric (sugar and artificial sweetener free) liquids like water with certain natural ingredients also helps your body cleanse out wastes and toxins between your meals.
Intermittent fasting has been some what of a buzz word recently with different programs sprouting up all over the internet however the Shaolin / Buddhist monks practiced intermittent fasting a long time ago. Some monks in China would practice the ancient art of eating only 1 meal a day around noon. They claimed it helped their body optimally digest / absorb their food and nutrients while giving themselves adequate time to cleanse wastes and toxins by the next meal. This can be done however with one, two or 3 meals per day however your meals have to be balanced as far as carbohydrates, fats and protein and provide all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to be effective and keep you full until your next meal.
This is fasting from food or caloric drinks for an entire day or more and this takes the most amount of guidance and skill. Always check with your doctor, especially if you have any chronic diseases before you enter a fasting or cleanse program and check out the membership tab for more on different programs or membership.