The practice of fasting has been around for centuries. It was traditionally employed as a religious ritual used to exercise self-discipline and heighten spiritual awareness. But recently abstaining from eating has become a trendy way to obtain fast weight loss results.
While one-day fasts pose no serious threat to healthy adults, longer fasts (more than 24 hours) can have grave results. Whether it’s a “water-only” fast used to detox, skipping meals or surviving on only cabbage soup or grapefruit, the body only recognises one thing – starvation. When you don’t consume enough calories to sustain essential functions (such as keeping the heart beating or the lungs breathing), the body reacts by drawing on its own reserves to provide energy. This puts your body under stress and is certainly not the answer to permanent weight loss.
So, before you skip even one meal, feast on a bowl of tasty cabbage soup, or finish that first grapefruit, read about the top three dangers of starvation dieting and find out what you should be doing to keep your metabolism revved and burning more calories Continue reading…
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