Long-Term Fasting vs. Intermittent Fasting

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Choosing intermittent fasting or long-term fasting depends on your end goal. Do you want to lose weight? or do you want to detoxify your body? If you desire to shed some weight off, intermittent fasting is the way to go, otherwise you’d choose long-term fasting to detoxify. This article briefly goes through the differences between them in terms of execution.

Fasting Long-Term

Fasting has been used for thousands of years and has long been considered to be one of the oldest
forms of therapy in medicine. Even though it isn’t used to cure any diseases in particular, it gives your body a break in order for it to heal and restore itself.

It’s important to prepare properly before entering long-term fasting, and a good way to start is to get rid of all meat, dairy, sugar, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and anything else you think you might consume. That in mind, it is recommended to overcome all addictions before beginning, as fasting for long periods of time is difficult, and going through withdrawals can discourage you from maintaining discipline.

It’s advised to eat mostly raw foods (raw vegetables, raw yogurt, *avocados*…etc) for around 2 weeks before starting to allow your body to detoxify. It’s important to note that just because fasting is beneficial for our bodies doesn’t mean it’s going to feel very good. On the contrary, it is most likely going to be a painful experience.

A good idea would be to ask your doctor before starting a long-term fast, as you will be going without food for a week or even more while drinking only water.

Fasting Intermittently

In a nutshell, intermittent fasting changes the times you eat, not necessarily what you actually eat. Doing so correctly is more effective than changing what you consume on a regular eating schedule if you plan to lose weight.

Regular eating schedules rarely put our bodies in an optimal fat burning state. Our bodies enter the post-absorptive state (the state after our bodies have finished processing food) around 12 hours  after our last meal. The post-absorptive state lasts approximately 8-12 hours where more fat burning occurs including fats that weren’t accessible during the “fed” state (the 12 hours our body processes food).

It’s for this reason that people find that they lose a lot of weight during intermittent fasting even though the only thing they’ve changed in their diet is the time they ate as opposed to what they actually ate. People typically choose 8 hours in the day to get all their meals in, and 16 hours of fasting (including sleeping hours) everyday for as long as they wish to remain on this diet.


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