The one day a week fast

by - April 23, 2019

Fasting is a practice that goes way back to the early days of man’s existence. It can be for spiritual purposes, traditional purposes, health purposes or otherwise.

Fasting could also be out of necessity, as there is probably no other option for the one carrying out the exercise at the time, for example, the Paleothic

Whatever the purpose, the exercise has been shown to have great, holistic benefits and it has been adopted in more modern times as a more than okay weight-loss strategy.

When it comes to weight loss, there's no one size fits all fix. It's simply a matter of figuring out what strategy best work for you and sticking with it.

The One Day Per Week fast is one method of the several in the now-very-common Intermittent Fasting Diet plan that is gaining ground and seems to have come to stay.

As the name implies, the fast simply means that you take one day out of the 7 days in the week to either not eat anything at all or abstain from high-calorie foods and focus on eating healthy meals to balance out the rest of the calorie-rich diets you have had for the other days of the week.

When starting out for the first time, it is easier to start small and easy, that is why I will recommend the “one day per week” fast for beginners, who can then build their strength to last for longer fasts, and explore the other intermittent fasting options.

Another set of people who the “one day per week” diet will fit are those who have attained their weight-loss goals on a more intense diet and will like to slow things down, but still maintain the healthy lifestyle.

To successfully carry out the one day per week fast (or any fast at all), one needs to consider a few things:

Purpose


The purpose of a thing is the driving force of that thing. Whatever the reason for the fast, be it weight loss, spiritual purposes or what not, your “why” has to be strong enough. You may find that you get much more out of the fast if there is a drive behind your discipline.

Define the time-frame


Depending on the purpose of the fast, a time frame should be picked. Some spiritual fasts have a set time frame, which is usually before sun up and up until sun-down. The health-based fast however, usually lasts 24 hours, which can be from after the time of the evening meal the first day till that same time the day after. This usually allows the intake of drinks and certain kinds of low-calorie foods.

Make it a habit


Consistence is a beautiful thing. Whatever the purpose, fasting has all round benefits and is a good thing for one to practice often. Consistence also builds forte and makes the exercise easier the next time, and the next, and the next. For those whose goal is weight loss, doing it more often aids with faster progress. Fasting triggers the self-healing properties of the human body; that is to say, your general health may improve when you give your digestive system a rest and your organs have time to heal themselves. A regular practice of fasting can help you digest food more efficiently, enhance your mental clarity, fortify physical and mental vigor, remove toxins, improve vision, and imbue you with a general sense of well-being.

The one day a week fast is a cool plan for anyone, either beginning their fasting journey or balancing it out. It’s also a good starting point for anyone who wants to embark on the journey for the long haul. With all the benefits involved, fasting should be adopted by everyone as a lifestyle.

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