Fasting has been around for a while. Mostly used for religious purposes it is also considered a technique to lose weight. Some people also use it as a detox mechanism but the fact is there are organs & natural foods that are already doing that job.

Do you think then fasting is the right & effective approach to weight loss?Let us explain through facts whether fasting is good for you or not.

There are different definitions of fasting. Some people fast without any foods or water at a stretch while some are flexible and allow themselves to have raw fruits, water & caffeine. Fasts lasting a day or two are unlikely to be dangerous for most healthy adults. But the following people like the elderly, anyone with a chronic disease, pregnant women, and children fall under the high risk category and are advised against any type of fasting.

Fasting can be dangerous if followed for prolonged periods, anywhere from three days to a month. What happens to your body when you fast?

You lose weight. But that’s because you have drastically cut down on your calories. Also you are not losing fat this instance instead that change on the weighing scale is reflecting the loss of water in your body. Remember our body is 70 % water and that’s why on a fast one loses the “water weight” which comes instantly back the minute eating is resumed. Fasting also slows down the metabolism that’s the reason why a lot of people tend to put on weight even when they have been on prolonged periods of fasting instead of really losing it.

Next time you are thinking about fasting to lose weight you might want to reconsider going through that route especially when the end results can this discouraging.

The healthy and the most effective way to lose weight are to get into a routine of healthy diet and regular exercise. Following a balanced routine not only leads to a healthy weight loss but also a fit and toned body.

Basic Eating Rules to follow include:

-Plan your meals in advance. This will help you manage healthier meals.

-Don’t give too much gap between your meals. Giving too much gap will lead to binging and snacking on unhealthy food.

-Eating too often might burden your digestive system and will not really help you keep the weight off in the long run.

-Don’t eat if you are stressed or exhausted.