When you hear the word “fast,” you may think of the well-known “Daniel Fast” that is popular with Christians because of its biblically-based principles. However, there are many different types of fasts, ways one can fast and reasons to fast. You can do it for a certain time period, limit your intake of certain foods or both. I have been fasting for the last 10 years and have a personal preference for what is known as "Intermittent Fasting.”
Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of eating and fasting, usually for 16- to 24-hour periods. It is an awesome way to reset your digestive system and whole body to burn fat as fuel instead of sugar. One of its main benefits is that it prevents insulin sensitivity, which is important for weight loss.
According to one of my favorite doctors, osteopathic physician and alternative medicine proponent Dr. Joseph Mercola, intermittent fasting has many benefits like improved cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risks, gene repair and increased longevity. The reason I like it so much is because it makes me feel lean and helps me make good food choices. It teaches me how to control my cravings instead of allowing them to control me. Fasting also holds spiritual value for me by bringing me closer to God in prayer every time I may think I am hungry, but really am not.
Intermittent fasting is flexible and easily tailored to fit your individual lifestyle and schedule needs. For example, I intermittent fast every other day for at least 20 hours. I stop eating at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. in the evening and won’t eat solid foods again until the next day at around noon or 1 p.m. I then eat as I normally would and begin my fast again the following day, the same as before.
I’m a fan of fasting because it has taught me discipline and how to make better choices when it comes to what I eat and when I eat. The other tangible benefit is weight loss. By fasting, I have been able to lose a tremendous amount of weight. I like to call it one of my secret weapons of dieting. I encourage you to do some research to see if intermittent fasting is right for you. It will definitely change your life and could possibly even save it.