May 12, 2023
Fasting, or deliberately abstaining from food for a set period of time, has been a part of many cultural and religious practices for centuries. In recent years, there has been growing interest in the health benefits of fasting. Fasting is not just done for weight loss (although that can be a huge benefit) but to improve health and longevity.
While studies show that people can begin to see weight loss effects and health benefits in simply changing when they eat and not necessarily what they eat, optimal benefits are achieved in making healthy choice of what you eat, too.
To begin a fasting regime, start with cleaning up your diet in general. Select whole foods that are minimally processed. Eliminate added sugars and inflammatory fats in your diet. Individuals who eat lower carb in general will find an easier time starting on a fasting regime. Begin by slowly starting to push your breakfast back 30 minutes. Then 1 hour, then 2, etc. Make small adjustments each day until your body is going longer in a fasted state. Drink plenty of water while fasting, and as you get into longer fast and clean eating, balancing your body
with the correct electrolytes is very important to your health and success. Simple pink Himalayan sea salt is great to add pinches into your water bottle, or products such as LMNT can be helpful to supplement your fasting journey.
It is important to note that while fasting can be safe for many, there are some people for whom it is not recommended. Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding should not engage in fasting. Children under the age of 18 should not practice fasting. Individuals diagnosed with diabetes with poor blood glucose control should consult their healthcare provider before starting a fasting regimen.
Overall, the scientific evidence suggests that breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day for everyone, and small meals throughout the day to keep our metabolism going is not supported by current research. Fasting can be a great way to improve your health and overall wellbeing. Contact your Lifestyle Medicine Provider at New Life PT to learn more!