A lot of people ask me whether it is good practice to cut food out of their diet altogether occasionally in order to lose weight and to cleanse their bodies.
I have therefore put this article together to answer some of those questions.
Please note, this should in no way be taken as medical advice. I can’t stress enough how different and complex our bodies are and different approaches will work very differently for different people, so make sure that you know what you are doing and seek proper medical advice if you are going to make any drastic changes to your diet.
Our History of Fasting
Go back to the days when we used to forage and hunt for food – I know this is a long time ago, but we haven’t really changed in our bodies all that much since those long forgotten days. Of course, in those days, we were not able to just pop to the local supermarket and be presented with just about any kind of food you would ever want to eat, and then some – we actually wouldn’t know whether we were going to get a next meal or not. Fasting happened regularly, whether we liked it or not, and our bodies were able to cope with it. We would still feel hungry though, and this gave us the drive to hunt for food, but it would not cause our bodies any harm if we went for a day or even two without food.
As meals have now become a big part of our culture, and as we have access to more food than ever before – at least for those of us lucky enough to live in the Western world, we have started taking it for granted that food will just appear on the table when we are ready to eat it (and courtesy of the chef of course).
Why Fast Now?
So, we have food now – why would we go back to our ancestral heritage and pretend we don’t? Doesn’t that seem a bit silly and pointless? Well, no actually. What this does give your body is the opportunity to reset – if you like, and prepare for the next meal. If you are feeling full and bloated, one off the reasons may be that what you are eating is not quite agreeing with you. Start again by flushing out your system with water, and starting again.
It will restore your appetite, cleanse your insides, and help you to lose weight along the way. And the thing is, it won’t do you any harm, because as I have discussed, our bodies have a built in ability to cope with lack of food.
I’m Too Hungry to Fast for a Day
So, many people tell me that taking a whole day off food leaves them feeling weak and ill, and they are unable to last that long without food. As I have already made clear, everyone is different, so if it is making you feel ill to go without food for this length of time, quite simply don’t do it. What would be more important would be to fast between meals. This is called intermittent fasting and basically means not snacking between meals. We do have a tendency (or at least some of us do – I’m guilty of this) to continuously snack the whole day long. This is especially true if you are sat a computer all day, or if you are off all day watching TV. This doesn’t give our bodies opportunity to restore our system as it is continuously having to deal with the next food type it is being plied with.
So, in this instance, intermittent fasting may work for you.
You can find more information about this type of diet here: Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting
The final point on this is that it will clearly save you money to have a break from eating now and again. Food is one of the most expensive things that we need to budget for each month and any money you can shave off your food bill is of course going to be very helpful – particularly if you are living on a tight budget.