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Types of modified fast diets
Despite the variety of fasting methods, some people may still find abstaining from food intimidating or they may not be permitted to fast due to a medical disorder or the condition of their health. Modified fasting allows people to benefit from many of the advantages of fasting, without fully abiding to the traditional methods.
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FAQ – Modified Fasting
What is modified fasting?
Modified fasting is a type of fasting that usually significantly restricts the number of calories consumed per day, typically to a third of a person’s required caloric intake. In drastically limiting calories, the body experiences many of the same processes and benefits of fasting, without starving the body for nutrients or a person feeling exceptionally hungry.
What is the fasting mimicking diet?
The fasting mimicking diet, is a high-fat, low-calorie diet that restricts a person’s daily caloric intake. These restrictions mimic the effects of fasting without a person having to completely give up food.
What is protein sparing modified fasting (PSMF)?
Protein sparing modified fasting is a low-calorie diet with a high protein ratio in order to reduce muscle waste. By allowing the body to consume relatively large portions of protein, this signals the body to instead start depleting fat reserves in order to make up for the missing calories. PSMF diets often go over longer periods of time.
What is therapeutic fasting?
Therapeutic fasting is when a person abstains from eating solid foods for medical purposes, to help alleviate certain medical conditions or symptoms. By undertaking a therapeutic fast, a person is sometimes able to reduce medication or even reverse a medical condition. A therapeutic fast is different from a water fast in that a bare minimum of calories (typically up to 340kcal. per day) are consumed in order to support vital organ functions as well provide the body with essential nutrients and minerals. These types of fasts are conducted under strict medical supervision.
Is fasting good for weight loss?
Although one can lose weight with fasting, this is usually a temporary side effect. Fasting is best used as a way to regain control and adjust eating habits to help maintain long-term diets and lifestyle changes. It is a great supportive tool on the road to permanent weight loss.