Fasting is an ancient healing tool used for tens of thousands of years by religions and cultures all over the world.
There are many benefits to fasting such as weight loss, anti-cancer, heart health, mental health, boosting energy etc. But which type of fast? Intermittent fasting, juice fasting, water
fasting, concentrated feeding windows, time restricted eating, religious fasts or long-term fasts? What’s the difference between them all?
If you’ve thought about fasting before it’s understandable that you might be confused about which is the most appropriate for you. There are downsides and pitfalls as well! We’ll give you a brief
overview below so by the end you’ll have a much better idea of what to do, in our Dummies Guide to Fasting in Singapore.
It’s really a catch all term for many different fasting protocols. Usually when someone is talking about intermittent fasting, they are referring to time restricted feeding or a concentrated
This is the process of eating only between certain hours. Such as eating breakfast at 12:00 and then having dinner at 19:30 and finishing before 20:00. That is a concentrated feeding window of 8
hours. You can eat what you like in the 8-hour window but must not consume any food or calorific beverages during the other 16 hours.
People who are looking for smaller health benefits of a mini fast and have the time to eat enough calories in the concentrated feeding window so as to avoid long term metabolic downregulation.
Consume nothing but freshly squeezed juices for X number of days. Often utilised at detox retreats and spa hotels.
Normally a few days to less than a month.
If you don’t fancy a full water fast (see below).
Eat normally, then skip a day of eating, then eat again. There are different protocols and periods depending on the desired results.
Until desired results are achieved.
If you’re looking for a long-term sustainable weight loss goal and small health benefits.
The granddaddy of fasting. Eat nothing and drink only water for an extended period. The clinically proven benefits of water fasting are nothing short of extraordinary. It takes 25% of your body’s
energy resources to digest 3 meals a day and run your food through 30 feet of gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. When relieved of this process your body starts getting seriously efficient
by first switching to fat metabolism, then clearing out decaying proteins from the liver and removing junk particles from the blood and your intercellular matrix, shutting down defective cells
and the magic of “autophagy” which is Latin for “eat oneself”. Your body starts producing macrophages that target cancerous cells and start consuming them for fuel. How cool is that!
2 to 30 days. Normally supervised by a specialist.
Those who are looking for a massive and immediate health benefit and super quick weight loss.
There are also diets that are referred to as fasts such as the fasting mimicking diet and the protein fast diet. But these are not really true fasts, they mimic some of the benefits of fasting
without paying the piper! And you’re not getting all the benefits so there’s often no point when the same amount of willpower is required to restrict a certain food group as there is to restrict
all food. Of course, we’re all different so we need to find out what works for us.
And in saying that there are people who shouldn’t fast and that would be people trying to get pregnant, breastfeeding mums, if you’re stressed, have hormone imbalances, children, athletes,
recovering from injuries and those with certain types of cancer.
We hope you enjoyed The Dummies Guide to Fasting in Singapore and feel free to get in touch if you’d like to know more about the ins and outs of fasting.
To your health, happiness and longevity,
The Levitise Team
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