Methods of Fasting

Growing up, I remember my dad trying to teach me about eating by asking “Do you live to eat or eat to live?” It was his way of imparting wisdom to us to explain how food has a significant impact on the body. Thank you dad for always trying to teach us in advance before true wisdom dawned on us. `

Therefore, for me it has been an evolution to learn that not eating or fasting is considered even better than eating or eating well. The more I research, the more information I find on the benefits of fasting and therefore I keep returning to this topic on my website. Ancient sages have talked about fasting as an excellent way to build metabolism, reduce body fat and sugar and activate your body into a fight mode that promotes the efficiency of your organs.  If so inclined to move from eating well to eating less, there are several methods of fasting to consider

The easiest method of fasting is to not eat anything for twelve hours other than water. This includes that time that you sleep and therefor eating say at 7 pm and not eating breakfast before 7 am results in fasting which makes it fairly simple. The next way to fast is to skip breakfast so that you are fasting for approximately sixteen hours before you eat from 7 pm to say 12 pm the next day. This can be done even up to three times a week. The next method of fasting is to eat two meals in a six hour window say between 8 am and 2 pm and not eat until 8 am the next day. This results in your body fasting for close to 18 hours. The next method of fasting is to eat in a three hour window say between 12 pm and 3pm or between 3 pm and 6 pm and then not eat until 3 pm the next day. Finally you can fast for twenty four hours during which you drink only water, green tea or herbal tea.

Fasting helps improve insulin sensitivity, improve immunity and overall health. Perhaps the easiest method to follow is the twelve hour fast so stop your midnight  walk to the refrigerator to check whether the light inside is on and the cake you left inside has or has not been eaten by your cat.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.