Significance of Fasting

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The holy month of Ramadan is upon along with the blessed tradition of fasting for Muslims. Every single Muslim who can understand the significance struggles to fast in a way that his/her efforts are accepted by ALLAH, It is not just a duty but an honor for Muslims to be able to worship by fasting in this holy month. Where there are many religious implications to fasting there are also a worldwide acceptance of the practice for various other purposes as well i.e. it’s nowadays a popular practice used to lose weight.

Muslims fast from daybreak till sunset. During this period they abstain from all sorts of pleasures this teaches them to be able to with stand forbidden indulgence, this also teaches control over illicit instincts as per Islamic teachings. Fast is not just practiced in Islam but is seem being practiced in various religions for medication or mourning purposes.

Fasting other than Religion

By definition, fasting is going without food or drink for a specified period of time. As said earlier it is done mainly for religious reasons. Recently, however, fasting has been adopted by dieters. Some promote fasting to lose weight. Others use fasting to help them “reset” their eating habits, especially after a period of indulgence. The idea behind fasting is simple: If you reduce how many calories you eat, you will lose weight. The practice of fasting is a bit more involved, however. During a period of fasting, you greatly restrict what you eat. In some cases, you eat nothing for specified periods where as in some you are allowed to drink zero-calorie beverages. If you do eat during that time, you eat very little. On non-fasting days, most people eat with few restrictions. Many fasters will not follow any set calorie goal. Others might have a goal that allows them to eat slightly more than they’d eat on an average day.

Other types of fasting

Fasting isn’t always one-size-fits all though religiously the method for fasting is predefined and does suit yet for weight watchers, fasting casually should be done as per their capacity. A technique that fits your lifestyle and your goals may help you be more successful. Intermittent fasting is the most common type of fasting for weight loss. This dieting pattern involves some days of restricted eating followed by days of unrestricted eating. Besides alternate day fasting, there are several other types of intermittent fasting.

The 5:2 Fast

The 5:2 fast requires you to eat normally for five days of the week. The other two days you greatly restrict your calories. For most people, that means eating only 500 calories per day.

The 16/8 Fast

For this method, you will fast for 16 hours each day. During the other eight hours, you’re allowed to eat. For many people, this means not eating after dinner and then skipping breakfast each morning.

Shayla Ridore has been practicing this type of fasting for two months.

“I was trying to lose weight before I started fasting and was just not seeing any real results,” she said. “I decided to try it to switch up what I was doing since it wasn’t really working for me. I loved it immediately. I started to lose the weight I hadn’t been able to lose before. I saw results pretty quickly, too.”

Complications of fasting

Like any weight loss technique, fasting is not without its detractors and potential problems. “The main danger to alternate day fasting or any fasting is becoming hypoglycemic (low blood sugar),” Dr. Monali Y. Desai, a cardiologist in New York, told Healthline (an online health-blog site). “It will also change the way some medications are absorbed in your body. If you have any preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes, or take any prescription medications, you should check with your doctor first before starting alternate day fasting”. “Medications would have to be reduced, especially if someone is on insulin or diabetic medications,” he said. “There are a lot of potential detriments if they’re not being followed closely.”

Anyone looking to begin fasting should know that there will be times that they will feel hungry, but should also accept that if done in a proper, pre-thought way fasting is indeed highly beneficial.

Information adopted from http://www.healthline.com/health-news/does-alternate-day-fasting-really-work#3

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