When is it time to stop fasting?

by - April 06, 2019

The answer to this question is never a straightforward one. In all honesty, dieting isn't something that one does for a while and stops, unless it's for a legitimate reason. That is why a good diet plan is usually one that is sustainable.

The fact that you've achieved your fitness goal isn't enough reason to stop your diet plan. Unfortunately, many people have reached their target weight through weeks, months, or maybe even years of dedication and perseverance, only to regain all the weight they lost the moment they stopped their diet plan and picked up their old eating habits again.

The truth is, if a diet plan works for you, then you should do your best to sustain it. You could make a few changes to it so that it becomes a little more flexible and convenient, but the bottom line is that you must be committed to it.

That said, let us now discuss some of the times when it's “okay” to stop a diet plan.

 1. When it doesn't work for you (anymore).

A good diet plan is one that works for you. If it doesn’t work, there’s no point in continuing it, right? If it worked at some point and stopped working after a while, and you are certain that you’re not to blame for it's ineffectiveness, then you can either correct that plan or switch to another one which works. In most cases, you would be following a diet plan and still won't see any visible results of your dieting after a while. It's normal to feel concerned when this happens. But not to worry. This article contains a few tips and tricks to guide you when such situations arise.

2. When you’re finding it difficult to stick to it.

The best dieting plan is the one that is convenient and does not seem like a chore. If you’re having a hard time sticking to the regimen of a diet plan and you find yourself constantly failing to follow it, then you had best stop it and find another diet plan — a better diet plan — that works for you.

More often than not, it is your own shortcomings that make the plan seem impossible to adhere to. So, you might need to discipline yourself, get yourself into gear and be determined to put in the effort to make it work, or else you might just find yourself jumping from one plan to another without achieving much.

3. When circumstances change.

This may be financial, geographical, medical, or otherwise. A financial change of circumstance (can we just call it COC going forward? Pwetty pweeeaase?) could be upward or downward. Upward in the sense that you now have access to more money than before and can now afford some things prescribed in a diet you consider better for you.

This could lead to you stopping your current diet plan and “upgrading” to another one. It is fine, as long as you monitor the changes in your body and ensure you are not hurting the work you have already put in. On the other hand, a downward financial COC (*winks*) is the opposite — you now have to adjust your meal plan to fit your current financial status by sticking to a budget that's lower than your diet plan.

A geographical COC would involve changing geographical locations and discovering that those items included in your regimen are no longer readily available. Thus, you would need to switch to a plan that has close substitutes to what you were on before and one whose items are readily available in your new location.

A medical COC will involve a different medical status that requires adjustment of one’s diet plan to suit the new status. It may also include newly developed allergies to some foods on the current plan. Change of circumstance is not limited to those already mentioned — it is much broader. But, whatever the circumstance, you should consult a qualified medical doctor for good medical advice to ensure you are on the right path.

4. When the results are not tangible.

A good diet plan not only helps you lose weight, but also improves other areas of your health like blood sugar level, cholesterol, waistline reduction, etc. If your diet only addresses your weight loss without positive changes in these other areas after a couple of months, then it’s probably not the healthiest way to slim down and therefore may not be the best diet plan to follow.

You should reap other health benefits other than weight loss from any plan that is good for you.
A healthy diet is to be followed for as long as you live and should therefore be sustainable for that length of time. So, if ever you feel the need to stop a diet, whether it's for the reasons mentioned above or other reasons, be sure to talk to your doctor in order to get the best medical advice on the way forward and avoid hurting yourself or damaging your health.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!!

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