Have you tried fasting for health?

@lynnief (1248)
Australia
March 12, 2018 11:08pm CST
Fasting has been part of the human experience for thousands of years, but mostly for religious or spiritual purposes. Of course, there have also been plenty of times when people didn't have a choice - there was simply no food available. For a long time there have also been people who recommended and practiced fasting for health reasons, but mainstream medicine has largely looked at them as the lunatic fringe. Today, however, a growing number of cutting-edge researchers are looking at fasting in a whole new light, and are beginning to recommend everything from time-restricted eating (limiting eating to 6-8 hrs per 24) to intermittent fasting (going without food totally 1 or 2 days a week) to longer fasts of 5 days or more as an amazing aid to health. Some are even seeing fasting as a possible "silver bullet" for cancer. I personally stumbled upon time-restricted eating some 25 years ago. I hadn't read about it - there wasn't anything around in those days - I simply found that my body liked it better if I only ate 2 meals a day (in those days it was breakfast and dinner.) Over the years I slipped away from it, allowing myself to be distracted by the "3 meals a day" propaganda. Now I have returned to a program of time-restricted eating and intermittent fasting, and feel much better for it. What about you? Have you tried any form of fasting for health? What has been your experience?
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@miketagz (7518)
• Philippines
13 Mar
I like fasting to detoxify inside our body.
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@mydanods (6747)
• Nigeria
13 Mar
My mother put us on time-restricted fasting because her traditional medicine doctor told her it had health benefits. Even now that we are no longer living with our parents, it is the norm in our eating habits.
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@elanalove (660)
13 Mar
If you do regular fasting once in week,,it;s not bad..i never tried this,,,may be skip one dinner in a week.. not more than that...
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@rheicel (7296)
• Philippines
13 Mar
Nope, I haven't tried fasting. I don't know if I could bare not to eat for the whole day.
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@lynnief (1248)
• Australia
13 Mar
Try fasting just one meal, or even just delaying breakfast for an hour or two.
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@rheicel (7296)
• Philippines
13 Mar
@lynnief I can't skip breakfast that's my important meal of the day I get dizzy if I haven't eaten breakfast.
@Courage7 (16773)
• United States
16 Mar
Oh yes, I am doing it the Intermittent fasting and it is what I used to do years ago before being convinced that 3 meals was best like you. I am better for it..not eating so much
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@Maria24 (2160)
• United States
13 Mar
Well I try but I can't lol
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@allen0187 (33949)
• Philippines
13 Mar
Yes as I'm currently on a 16-8 intermittent fasting window.
@lynnief (1248)
• Australia
14 Mar
Great. How is your body responding?
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@allen0187 (33949)
• Philippines
14 Mar
@lynnief I actually feel better plus I have tons of energy all throughout the day. I don't have 'crashes' during the day.
@lynnief (1248)
• Australia
14 Mar
@allen0187 Yes, that's my experience too. And I don't get hungry - in fact I get less hungry when intermittent fasting than I do if I'm eating all day.
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• Cuddalore, India
13 Mar
I usually follow fasting . By the way welcome to mylot . Have a great day .
@Icydoll (24761)
• India
13 Mar
Yeah sometimes fasting is good...but I don't fast.
@mohit459 (12016)
• Haldwani, India
13 Mar
No I have never took any fast
@sprite1950 (14496)
• Corsham, England
13 Mar
I would be hopeless at that as I need 2 hourly feeds like I did when I was a baby! However I do eat quite healthily so although I'm not as slim as I would like I'm not overweight.
@NoorNoor (1183)
• India
13 Mar
I haven't tried fasting for health.but I used to fast for the religious purpose.
@prashu228 (25503)
• India
13 Mar
I heard a lot about fasting and its benefits, i do fast once in a week..
@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
13 Mar
I think this is the intermittent diet, where you do fasting particularly during dinner time. I do this fasting only for dinner at least 2-3 times. I do not eat a lot as I get full easily. So I eat breakfast and/or lunch with fruits, veggies and other food. I do not eat rice too. When I feel that I am not hungry during dinner, which is 6-8 hours after lunch, I do not eat anymore. For me it helps.