Intermittent fasting benefits Loveland Medical Weight Loss ClinicIs fasting healthy? I get this question all the time. How does intermittent fasting compare to fasting in general? Fasting can be great for your health, but it can also be dangerous and have side effects. Let’s talk about the benefits of fasting.
Fasting is Centuries OldTo begin with , fasting allows your body to rest. Hippocrates often used fasting with his patients to help them heal. There are many ancient texts like the Bible that talk about how fasting has been used for centuries for spiritual enlightenment, growing closer to God and for its health benefits. Fast forward to modern times and now we have a lot of studies showing that things like intermittent fasting can naturally boost our hormones, let your gut rest and really support detoxification healing.
How to FastWhen done right there is no doubt that fasting is healthy. There are a couple of ways you can fast.
- Full day fast where you eat dinner one night and only drink water(or coffee or tea) till dinner the next night.
- You can do a multiple day fast. I believe that three days is an optimal number .
- Some people do something called a juice fast. To me that is not really a fast as you are getting some calories. It does aid in detoxification though
- You can do what is known as intermittent fasting. That is where you eat within a certain time frame. An example of this is no food for 16 hours, eat everything you normally would in the remaining 8 hours ( 18/6 is another option).
- A method I like is just drinking a couple cowboy coffees for 24 to 48 hours. While technically not a fast you are just getting fat macronutrients and your body will get into ketosis. Ketosis is where a lot of the benefits of fasting come from.