Fasting can be a great way to cleanse the body, lose weight, and connect spiritually. Let’s explore the types of fasting and their benefits.
Before you start fasting, you need to consult a doctor and understand what type of fasting of you’ll be engaging in. There are several types of fasting, which include but are not limited to Intermittent Fasting, Alternating Fasting, Scheduled Fasting, and Periodic Fasting.
Intermittent Fasting- Intermittent Fasting refers to a daily practice, during which a participant will eat for a limited time during the day. It’s quite common for practitioners to reduce their feeding window to during 8 hours of the day, while more stringent practitioners reduce their feeding window to only 6 or 5 hours during a day. Intermittent fasting is often paired with the Ketogenic diet, which helps practitioners go for long periods of time without eating.
Alternate Fasting- Alternate Fasting refers to someone who alternates between days of eating and not eating. This is commonly practiced in religious settings, and is also used by those who are trying to reduce their overall caloric intake.
Scheduled Fasting- Scheduled Fasting is a practice where the practitioner schedules one or two days a week where they choose to fast. This is less intense than Alternate Fasting, but often provides similar benefits to those who are disciplined in the practice.
Periodic Fasting- Periodic Fasting refers to those who prefer not to fast on a routine basis, but on more rare and special occasions. Those practicing Periodic Fasting may only fast for a few days on a monthly basis, or may choose to fast for one week per year. Periodic Fasting is often practiced in religious circles, or for those looking for their own spiritual experience outside of organized religion.
Benefits of Fasting- The first and most well-known benefit of fasting is weight loss, as participants often take in fewer calories during fasting as compared to their normal daily diet. The second benefit is a stronger immune system, as the body has time to recover while not processing food intake. Fasting also benefits the soul, as it allows practitioners the opportunity to appreciate what they normally take for granted.