The Benefits of Fasting
Jan 15th, 2014 by Aldouspi

The Benefits of Fasting

Fasted has been done since ancient times. There are many people claiming that fasting has a lot of health benefits. Fasts, lasting anywhere from 20 to 36 hours can reduce risks for heart disease, diabetes and maybe even cancer.

Fasting does not cause your metabolism to slow down or affect your blood sugar. Short fasts can actually cause cells to become more responsive to insulin.

Short fasts also reduce oxidative stress and cell inflammation. Some research suggests that fasting slows the aging process within cell mitochondria. All of this knowledge is still relatively new and studies are still being conducted, but there are a lot of people who practice intermittent fasting as an anti-aging strategy.

Fasting for Weight Loss

When people occassionally skip a meal, they usually eat more at the next meal. Fasters, however, never really make up the calories when they return to eating freely. This goes against everything you've probably heard, but skipping meals for an entire day can actually be an effective method for losing weight.

When Not to Fast

If you're severely underweight, pregnant, have a serious medical condition, are diabetic or are recovering from recent surgery, then you really shouldn't fast without first consulting your physician. If these conditions do not apply to you and you'd like to try an occasional fast, here are some guidelines you should follow:

Stay In control.

Don't try to lose all the targeted weight in one session. Fasting for 20 hours is enough time to have the effect you desire.

Stay hydrated.

If you're fasting for Ramadan or Yom Kippur you're invariably required go without water.

No lasting effects will occur, but you will often end up somewhat dehydrated. That's why Ramadan fasts traditionally begin or end with some form of hydration. You can eat soups, and fruit, or consume large amounts of water to overcome this. If you're not fasting for religious reasons, you should drink plenty of water during your fast.

Refrain from vigorous exercise.

It is perfectly fine to engage in moderate exercise such as walking, but don't consider running a marathon or hiking over a mountain. Your body does not have enough energy to attempt something like this.

Avoid operating heavy machinery.

Heavy machinery (even automobiles) should be avoided until you know how you feel while fasting. On rare occasions fasting may cause unforeseen effects which may limit the abilities necessary.

When you do eat, make sure that you eat high nutrition meals.

If you're going to eat less, you need to make sure that you still get the nutrition you need in the meals you do it. It stands to reason-lower volume, higher content.

Know when to stop.

If your weight goes below where you want it to be, you need to adjust your fasting schedule so that it is more spread out.

Juice Fasting.

Juice fasting is normally done in order to detoxify the body. These types of fasts can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Juices consumed during these periods are very nutritious. They are made from freshly squeezed fruits and vegetables and sometimes contain other nutritious ingredients.
Because pure juice contains little to no fiber, juice fasters often include psylium fiber in the juice mixture. They may also perform enemas or take laxatives during their fast to aid in regular bowel movements.

Duane Norland is a writer who is very knowledgable about fasting and its effects on the human body. In fact, he has a website devoted to this very topic. You can find it at Benefits of Fasting, where he provides up to date information on the topic. He also suggests different fasting schedules, including Intermittent Fasting, The Daniel Fast, and much more.

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How Exercise Helps Weight Loss Surgery
Oct 14th, 2011 by Aldouspi

How Exercise Helps Weight Loss Surgery

With any weight loss plan, exercise plays a vital role. Not only does exercise help lose the fat, but it can also help tone muscles, give a person more energy and help the person feel better, too. Weight loss surgery is no exception. It does not work alone. Instead, it is critical that a patient add in carefully planned out dietary needs and a daily routine of exercise.

Some obese patients may find that exercise is difficult. Obesity causes shortness of breath and can make a person feel very tired. After weight loss surgery, the doctor will carefully assess the patient to find out when it is acceptable to start exercising. Depending on the type of weight loss surgery, this can take anywhere from four to six weeks following surgery. After that time, it is important for the patient to find an exercise program that he or she will find easy to stick to and can work at their own pace. Sometimes, an exercise routine should start out slow and as the weight begins to fall off, can be gradually increased.

There are several reasons why weight loss surgery patients should add exercise in their daily regimen. The main reason is to aid in weight loss. A patient who has had weight loss surgery will already be taking in fewer calories, but exercise can improve the end results of the surgery. Using an exercise routine can help a patient increase their energy levels and boost their metabolism, too. When a person has a good metabolism, he or she can burn calories faster than before.

Another big reason to include exercise everyday following weight loss surgery is that the exercise can reduce the chance of needing plastic surgery from excess skin. Many weight loss surgery patients find that after losing so much weight in a short period of time, they have excess weight. This can be anywhere on the body including on the back of the arms, buttocks and in the abdomen area. Plastic surgery will remove the excess skin from these areas, but it is only considered after at least a year following surgery. With daily exercise, the skin has a better chance of molding or contouring to the body gradually. This is one huge benefit of including exercise following weight loss surgery.

When it is time to decide what kind of exercise routine is best, a patient should consider the type of exercise that they will enjoy the most. This will make it much easier to stick to the routine. Walking is a good start for most. Many people can stay motivated to exercise by carrying a small radio or cd player while working out. Working out with a friend can also increase motivation and help a person stay on track. It is usually recommended that weight loss surgery patients begin their exercise routine with a daily walk. This should be done at least five times a week for 20 minutes each day. As the body adjusts to the weight loss and exercise, patients should add in other aerobic activities. Some beneficial exercises might include swimming, biking, golfing and working out on machines at the gym.

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