Before you start: detox vs. weight loss
The first question you should ask yourself when starting a fast is: Why am I fasting? Nutritionists, dieticians, and doctors will tell you that fasting is not a long-term diet, but rather a tool for shorter periods of time to hit your body’s reset button and activate self-healing. By omitting certain foods or calories from your diet, you stimulate your body’s built-in cleansing mechanisms, helping restore its natural balance.
This break from your daily routine and otherwise unhealthy lifestyle, such as sugary or high-processed foods, will allow your body to clean out unnecessary toxins and junk, alleviating your body from inner stressors such as inflammation.
By granting yourself this break, you’re also allowing yourself to get in touch with real and whole foods again, re-learning the benefits of a nutrient rich diet and how it supports your bodily functions as well as your immune system, ultimately giving you control over your health and lifestyle.
The reset will help support you when switching your diet, as staying away from foods, such as high-glucose treats, will allow you to kick the habits and the cravings on the long run. In other words, it helps your body detox from harmful toxins and contaminants that could negatively impact your health and send you running back to the sweets aisle.
Fasting on the road to permanent weight loss
Nutrition experts and doctors will generally recommend a diet and lifestyle change when attempting weight loss as opposed to long-term fasts. A diet will reduce the calories you eat per day, allowing for that essential calorie deficit needed to attain weight loss, without endangering your body and vital organs. Weight loss is not achieved in a week, but it is rather a lifestyle and habit shift that should be maintained over longer periods of time.
Although fasting is primarily used for detoxing, it can be a great tool to help you stick to your diet and achieve your ultimate weight loss goal. Healthy diets are usually so hard to follow through with, not only because we are confronted with our vices at every turn, but our brains tell us that we crave and need those temptations.
Allowing your body to detox from things like sugary treats is a great way to help ensure that you stay on track with your weight loss journey and kick those unhealthy cravings!