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. Fasting is the act of intentionally refraining from eating for a period of time. Some people fast to diet and lose weight, while others fast for religious or spiritual clarity, but how do we prepare for it? Well, read on to find out.
A small note for those who are trying to lose weight, it might be better for you if you don’t. Fasting will not necessarily help you lose weight. If you fast all day, but then gorge yourself on a large, carbohydrate-heavy meal, your metabolism won’t kick into gear until after the meal. Of course, this is said with disregard to intermittent fasting (more on this next time).
Drink at least 2 liters of water the day before the fast.
Water helps balance the bodily fluids that aid the digestion, absorption, and transportation of nutrients; the circulation of blood; the production of saliva; and the maintenance of body temperature.
Eat well and nourish your body the day before you fast.
Don’t overeat! Indeed, try to eat smaller portions than you usually would. If possible, eat primarily fruits and vegetables to balance your system. Foods that are rich in nutrients and full of water will help your body prepare for fasting. Avoid baked goods, especially those that contain a lot of salt and sugar.
Get plenty of sleep the night before you fast.
Your body won’t be running on its usual caloric fuel, and you won’t be able to push through tiredness with a burst of food-energy.
Keep yourself busy.
Inactivity and boredom can lead you to thoughts of eating. Instead, occupy yourself with something that is engrossing, but not physically taxing. Reading, writing, meditating, slow yoga movements, working on your computer, walking in the woods, watching television, and driving short distances are all good ways to occupy yourself during a fast.
If you have the sudden urge to give up, remind yourself why you’re doing this fast. Exercise discipline. Assure yourself that your hunger will not last forever. And besides: if you remain strong now, the rewards may be far greater than if you give in.
Break your fast at the time you’ve designated.
Take it slow, and be very mindful of how much you eat. Half your portions: it is absolutely imperative that you don’t eat as much as you would regularly eat at mealtimes. Your digestive system is on low-power mode, and it isn’t able to handle a massive burger right now. Instead, eat light foods like fruits, vegetables, and soup. Water and fruit juices are also important.