Just the thought of fasting can make you hungry. But living without food for a while – whether for health or religious reasons – can be good for you, explains hepatologist Dr. Nizar Zein in an article published by the renowned Cleveland Clinic (USA).
Fasting does not only help you lose weight, but is also associated with numerous health benefits. However, many people find it difficult to avoid food completely or partially for a certain period of time. Some tips from an expert can help here.
“There is a set of possibilities for chamfered”, says the physician. “Sometimes fasting means avoiding certain types of food such as carbohydrates or fats. In other cases, it just means reducing the calories overall. Then there is the kind of fasting, where for one day or longer nothing at all is eaten (or sometimes drunk).” Many religions promote some form of fasting as a spiritual discipline. And the medical literature shows that fasting in general:
“There are also theories according to which intermittent chamfering can help to live longer, strengthen brain function and prevent neurodegenerative diseases”, says Dr. Zein.
For those who plan to fast without eating, Dr. Zein recommends these five tips for maintaining health and energy levels:
Prepare for entry: Reduce eating and drinking gradually for several days – or even weeks – before fasting. Otherwise, a sudden start of fasting will be a shock to your body. “Do not eat three full meals a day with snacks in between and then suddenly stop eating one day,” Dr. Zein warns. “If your body is used to regular refueling, it can be difficult to maintain the energy level during the fast.
Even if you follow these tips, too much fasting can be dangerous. Do not abstain from food and drink for more than a few hours, advises Dr. Zein. Fasting for too long can lead to dehydration, psychological stress and sleep disorders.
Avoid foods and drinks containing sugar: It is not a good idea to consume cookies and sweet tea before fasting. You may feel full and satisfied at first, but if your blood sugar drops an hour or two later, you may become extremely hungry and weak. To have enough energy in the long run, you consume complex carbohydrates (like pasta, rice and potatoes) and protein (like meat and beans).
Reduce activities: “It is not a good idea to do intensive sports if you do not eat or drink,” says Dr. Zein. “If you plan not to replenish your nutrients for a while, save your energy for important daily activities.”
Pay attention to the intake of medication: Talk to your doctor about taking your medication before fasting. Some medications – for example, for seizure disorders – are essential, and people who are affected by them should not fast. Other medicines – such as some antibiotics – should be taken with a meal. “If people have negative consequences from fasting, it is often because they have not taken their medication properly,” explains the hepatologist.
Do not rush anything when stopping: Increase at the end of chamfered your calorie supply gradually again. Distribute these calories on your next two meals, instead of immediately again eating very much. This is better because it helps you avoid rapid changes in blood sugar levels and the fatigue associated with eating a large amount of food.
“Fasting can be healthy overall. I recommend it”, says Dr. Zein. “However, it can cause problems for people with certain health problems. To those, which should not do without all food and beverages, according to the physician persons belong, who:
Tips for healthy fasting
Otherwise, fasting in a healthy way can bring psychological and physical advantages. Talk to your doctor or health care professional before making fasting part of your routine. (ad)
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