Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, especially in the fitness world. However fasting is not a new concept, it’s been used for centuries during times when food was scarce and it even plays a central role in many major religions. Think about this for a second – anybody who goes to the hospital, regardless of their disease is asked to fast the night before! Why?
The most common types of intermittent fasting are 24-hour fasting, the 5:2 fast (5 days of normal eating, 2 days fasting) and the 16:8 fast (16hrs fasting, 8 hrs normal eating). They all work, it just depends on your lifestyle to find the right one for you. If you travel regularly (every 7-10 days), I recommend you use those days as your fast, starting with the 16hr fast. What if, like me, you don’t want it lose weight? Why would I want to fast? The answer is very simple – rest. Fasting allows your digestive system to fully rest and recover.
My Experience with Fasting
I tried fasting for the first time on recent flight to Australia and back. Both fasts were about 24hrs each – I had no jet lag, no problems sleeping on the flight, no bloating or gas on or after the flight. I drank plenty of water and had a few cups of green tea only in that 24hr period. You’re probably wondering if I ate a mountain of food after these 24hrs. Actually quite the opposite, after around 14hrs my hunger subsided and the last 10hrs were fairly easy. I broke the fast with some protein (about 100g), green vegetables and smart fats. Fasting is something that I will be doing once a week, starting with the 16:8 fast.