Breaking the 5 popular myths of fasting
There is a very simple way to lose weight. And this method has been successfully tried for centuries to lose weight. But, the ironical part is that everyone knows that it works but still doesn’t want to give it a try.
Do you want to know that one sure shot method to lose weight?
Fasting! Yes, you heard it right. Have you tried it?
And your answer will be – No thanks.
Why are you looking for some miracle diet to lose weight when you already know the best way to do it?
The reason for this is that there are so many myths which surround fasting that it almost feels like a taboo to even talk about it.
What is fasting
The first thing we need to understand is that fasting means not eating anything. Yes, everyone knows that. But how many are actually doing it. In the name of fasting, people are snacking throughout the day, having fruits, paneer, milk, curd or wafers. This is not fasting, this is snacking.
The duration of fasting can vary from eight hours to sixteen hours to twenty-four hours to forty-eight hours. But remember, in that duration you should not be having anything.
In this article, we will see five common myths of fasting which are keeping you away from trying it.
1. Fasting means starving
Many people falsely assume that fasting means starving. But it’s like thinking there is no difference between being in your room and being in a jail cell. One is voluntary while the other is forced. The first feels comforting and relaxing while the other is an absolute torture.
In the same way, when you are fasting it’s your conscious choice and you always have the freedom to eat whenever you feel like it. But when you are forced to starve you don’t know when and from where you will be getting your next meal. Do you think it’s the same thing? The difference is of day and night.
2. Fasting will slow your metabolism
No, eating little will slow your metabolism.
When you are on any calorie-restricted diet, your metabolism will drop to match the reduced amount of calories coming into the body. Here your body is still dependent on the food to fuel itself. When less food will be available, the body will drop the metabolism to preserve the small amount of energy it’s getting.
This is not what happens in fasting. When you are fasting your body no longer depends on any external source for energy. Your body will switch to fat burning mode and will be using the stored body fat. And you know that you have more than enough fat to burn. So, there is no shortage of energy for the body and your metabolism doesn’t drop.
3. Fasting will make you lose muscles
In one word – NO; a day or two of fasting will not make you lose muscles. Your body has a silo of stored energy in the form of fat. As discussed in point above, during fasting the body switches from burning glucose to burning fat. The stored fat will provide all the needed energy.
Muscles are functional tissues and your body is not foolish enough to burn these for energy when you already have a surplus of stored energy. This is like throwing books into the fire to keep it going when you have huge piles of firewood lying around. Why do you think your body will make such a poor choice?
4. Fasting makes you overeat later
This is just being naive. Let’s understand with a simple calculation. Say, you eat 2000 calories per day. So in a week, your total caloric intake will be 14000 calories.
Now, you decide to fast on Tuesday and Saturday. Definitely, on Wednesday and Sunday, you will be eating more than what you would usually have eaten if you were not fasting. But the question is how much more will you be having? Will you be having food equivalent of two breakfast, two lunch and, two dinners. Obviously not. At most, you will be consuming 400-500 calories extra.
Now your total calories for the week will be 11000 calories. You are still 3000 calories below.
5. Fasting is difficult
The anticipation of pain is always worse than the pain itself. Don’t look at fasting in a negative light. Fasting is only hard till you do it yourself.
Obviously, it won’t be the same as eating throughout the day but you will not be feeling hungry throughout the day either. Hunger comes in waves. Just ride through the hunger waves and it won’t bother you after a while.
During fasting whenever you feel hungry you always have the freedom to have a black coffee or green tea. And by the time you finish your tea or coffee, the hunger will go away along with the empty cup.
Now that we have debunked the common myths related to fasting, in the next article we will see the tremendous benefits that fasting will offer you.
Do you want me to address any other myth or doubt regarding fasting? Let me know in the comments below.