While a healthy diet forms the crux of a healthy body and mind, the concept of fasting has been in practice since time immemorial. People adopt a fasting diet for a variety of reasons, including spiritual, cleansing and weight loss.
So, what is a fasting diet? A fasting diet has many variants such as fruit and vegetable juice fasting or a liquid diet.
But, before following any of these diets one must consult a physician. The calorie intake is restricted in a fasting diet which compels the body to breakdown the stored fats for energy production. Hence the stored toxins are thrown out and fat loss is achieved.
In other words, a fasting diet is a detox diet. The fasting diet may be continued for one or two days or up to a week; prolonged fasting may result in mineral and vitamin deficiency. Drinking plenty of water during fasting is essential.
Another popular variant of fasting diets is one in which water is allowed on one day and fruits and vegetables are taken on alternate days for seven days.
Some people practice the water fast, which is an example of a radical fast. Water is supposed to fill the stomach and suppress the appetite. In such cases, one may opt for mineral water as well as distilled water. Water dissolves all toxins produced during the detox or body cleanse program and eliminates them, forming an important element of fat loss.
Juice fasting is another detox diet where only fresh fruit and vegetable juices, mainly apple, guava, grapes, strawberries, carrot, celery, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, and tomatoes are allowed. One may consume as much juice as one wants while juice fasting.
Fruits are very potent detoxifiers as they are good antioxidants. Fruits fight free radicals and expel toxins. Fruits and vegetables have plenty of fiber content, and hence they increase bowel movements and aid in colon cleansing. Some lenient fasting diets allow foods, but high calorie foods are restricted. Basically, these diets expedite the removal of toxins through sweating, urination, bowel cleansing, and improving liver functioning. Besides this, they also assist in fat loss.
A fasting diet may not be a healthy diet in the long run, but is becoming popular due to fast and sure results. Fasting diets are not recommended for diabetic patients or pregnant, and lactating mothers. Even fruits and juice fasting are not allowed for diabetics. Water fasting should not be undertaken by people with kidney disease, congestive heart disorder, and any such medical illness.
Once a fasting diet is over, one should follow a normal diet with good eating practices.
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