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Does fasting help?

Sue Meng
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I am currently doing some Yoga classes (New year stuff!!). And my instructor asked us to do fasting once a week (one meal a day). To be honest I am not able to do it. How does it help anyway?
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Aj Mathia
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Better than fasting is to have balanced diet plans. A dietitian�s advise will be better that of your yoga instructor.
If you still proceed to skip a meal, make sure it is not your breakfast. Skipping breakfast starves your body for the longest period than skipping any other meal. This makes your body assume that you are starving and instructs your liver to release sugar into your blood stream. This is very bad if you are diabetic or diabetic prone.

Surprisingly a Dietitian will inform you that the meal plans of a diabetic is the same as that advised to anyone else.


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for interested people
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Sonny Gill
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Originally posted by Sue Meng:
I am currently doing some Yoga classes (New year stuff!!). And my instructor asked us to do fasting once a week (one meal a day). To be honest I am not able to do it.

How does it help anyway?

[ January 08, 2006: Message edited by: Sue Meng ]


The basic idea is that you give your system a break from the routine digestive tasks, so that it can flush out the toxins accumulated over the week.

If you eat, sleep and exercise just right, so that there is no toxins build up in the system, fasting is probabely not needed. But for most of the people that is nearly impossible to do, so fasting may help.

I would recommend doing some research, and being very watchful of how your body reacts if you try to fast. You can also consider only fasting once in two weeks, or once a month, or having 1 regular meal, and other meals only consisting of fruits and vegetables.


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Chetan Parekh
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Don�t relate fasting with just food/diet/eating.

It is also about controlling you mind.

I found that after doing fasting once a week for a long time, my concentration level and will power increased.


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Gerald Davis
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Fasting is the ultimate detox programme, forget about all that crap you read in girly magazines. Most successful religions have found this out by accident and now it is a part of their belief; they do it to get closer to God. I don�t know which fasting style is better the Muslim fast of not eating anything in the daytime or going on a 1 or 2 day fast of not eating anything at all. I do recommend that the fast should end by eating dates.
Gerald Davis
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Originally posted by Sue Meng:
I am currently doing some Yoga classes (New year stuff!!). And my instructor asked us to do fasting once a week (one meal a day). To be honest I am not able to do it. How does it help anyway?

[ January 08, 2006: Message edited by: Sue Meng ]


I had Irritable-Bowel-Syndrome and I had problem for weeks after I had a Chinese meal served on a lily pad which I shouldn�t have eaten. The only way I could overcome it was to fast for 3 days, after the first day my poo came out runny and I was very hungry but after the end of the second I was not that hungry at all. My stomach eventually got better.
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
very watchful of how your body reacts if you try to fast.


Atleast next day morning your stomach is totally clean, that is for sure.


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Jeff Albertson
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Originally posted by Gerald Davis:

I had Irritable-Bowel-Syndrome and I had problem for weeks after I had a Chinese meal served on a lily pad which I shouldn�t have eaten. The only way I could overcome it was to fast for 3 days, after the first day my poo came out runny and I was very hungry but after the end of the second I was not that hungry at all. My stomach eventually got better.


Err, thanks for sharing. But let's admit that this isn't a scientific experiment -- you may have felt better three days later no matter what you did. This reminds me of when people come to my wife, who's a doctor, insisting on antibiotics to treat their colds. They tell her they've treated colds before with antibiotics and after a few days they start to feel better


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Barry Gaunt
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...Chinese meal served on a lily pad which I shouldn�t have eaten


Why eat the lily pad , you wouldn't have eaten a plate - or would you?


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Frank Carver
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Originally posted by Barry Gaunt:
Why eat the lily pad , you wouldn't have eaten a plate - or would you?


So Barry, do you just eat the middle and leave the bread from a sandwich?

It's surely just as reasonable to ask why would anyone serve a vegatable that's not meant to be eaten? I know I usually eat everyhting I'm served, and as I've never heard of serving food on a lilypad (edible or not) it's quite likely I would have tried eating it.

Is serving inedible vegetables a popular habit where you live?


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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Ajay Mathew:
Skipping breakfast starves your body for the longest period than skipping any other meal. This makes your body assume that you are starving and instructs your liver to release sugar into your blood stream. This is very bad if you are diabetic or diabetic prone.
Fasting also convinces your body that food is scarce and that fat should be hoarded as much as possible. The body then extracts and stores as much fat as possible from any food eaten after the fast, meaning that a person who has just finished a fast can put on a lot of weight. Anyone wishing to loose some Christmas pounds will find it a lot harder if they fast rather then eat something healthy.


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Gerald Davis
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In this case I would recommend the a Muslim style, a month of not eating anything in the daytime. The body will get used to it, so it will not think that its in danger of being hungry.

Fasting works, most religion take on bord what makes them strong and reject what makes them week.
Sue Meng
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thanks guys for the responses. I hope I can do the best to be healthy.
Sonny Gill
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I do recommend that the fast should end by eating dates.

Some instructors recommend a banana as well.
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
Fasting also convinces your body that food is scarce and that fat should be hoarded as much as possible. The body then extracts and stores as much fat as possible from any food eaten after the fast, meaning that a person who has just finished a fast can put on a lot of weight.


I guess that will depend on the duration of the fast.
Fasting for 24 hours or from morning to night may not trigger that response for most people.
Mehul Sanghvi
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
It's surely just as reasonable to ask why would anyone serve a vegatable that's not meant to be eaten? I know I usually eat everyhting I'm served, and as I've never heard of serving food on a lilypad (edible or not) it's quite likely I would have tried eating it.


Just like in southern India in many other east Asian cultures leaves are used as plates. In southern India the food is served on a banana leaf. Before the arrival of disposable paper/thermocol/plastic plates we used to have plates made up of dried Banyan leaves stiched together with small sticks.
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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
I guess that will depend on the duration of the fast.
Fasting for 24 hours or from morning to night may not trigger that response for most people.
I think its also to do with the frequency of the fasts as well as their length. One day of fasting may not trigger this response, but if a person fasted or heavily reduced their food intake (to say one meal a day) for a large number of consecutive days then it may kick in. Apparently dieters are told to eat better rather then eat less for this reason.

Anyone willing to do an experiment?
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Sonny Gill
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
I think its also to do with the frequency of the fasts as well as their length. One day of fasting may not trigger this response, but if a person fasted or heavily reduced their food intake (to say one meal a day) for a large number of consecutive days then it may kick in. Apparently dieters are told to eat better rather then eat less for this reason.


I agree. Also, if you fast on a regular basis, whether once a week or once a month, your body will learn not to associate that lack of food with an imminent famine.

In any case, if your purpose is to lose weight, proper diet coupled with exercise is definately the way to go. The main purpose of fasting is to cleanse the body of toxins, or descipline your mind or spirit.

My 2 cents
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
In any case, if your purpose is to lose weight, proper diet coupled with exercise is definately the way to go.

Absolutely. Whenever I see people on the TV talking about how good the latest fad diet is (Atkins etc), I feel like shouting at them "Go for a run and swap the crisps for fruit!".
The main purpose of fasting is to cleanse the body of toxins, or descipline your mind or spirit.
Its amazing how many of these mental discipline techniques seem to involve some kind of physical discomfort (as apposed to mediation which can often be quite relaxing and comfortable). I wonder if people often don't feel as if they've made progress or gained something unless its incurred a cost of some kind.
frank davis
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A complete (no juices) 24 hour fast is just enough to trigger an increase in growth hormone and activate some DNA repair genes. In all animal species tested thus far, at least 20 - including mammals, decreasing calorie intake increased life span as long as nutrition was adequate. One day a week should not be stressful enough to cause harm, yet enough for some mild benefit.
Sara Jahan
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Fasting is one of the most important remedies as taught by Naturopathy. I tried it once. I was in a Naturopathy health farm. I did it continuously for around 20 days or so. I lived on five glasses of lime water + honey every day. I could drink as much water I wanted on top of that but nothing else. I didnt feel v hungry. But used to always take a peak at what the others were eating. I dont why that used to immensely satisfy me.

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Gerald Davis
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I wonder if animals fast at all?
 
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