Where to Begin
The practice of fasting goes back beyond recorded history, often associated with spiritual practices. Beyond that, it has gained some degree of popularity in recent years in fitness circles due to its ability to melt fat away, build muscle, and reshape the body. It’s also popping up more and more in modern medical and scientific literature as a means of staving off degenerative diseases and extending longevity.
While some regard any form of fasting as being some sort of “extreme” practice, I like to think of Intermittent Fasting as being on the middle path in regards to the natural cycle of eating and fasting.
On the one end of the spectrum, most people fast at night, and break that fast with their first meal soon after waking.
On the other end of the spectrum, some people choose to go on extended fasts where no calories or food is consumed for long periods of time. And even farther beyond that, some have pushed into the territory of complete “dry fasting” where no food or water is taken in.
Intermittent Fasting is a more gentle approach, right in the middle, yet provides a lot of benefits all on its own. It’s a great place to start to learn more about fasting in general, as well as about one’s own body.
It helps to start with an understanding that the human body is designed to fast. This is a critical time during which the body knows how to clean house. Without it, we’re asking the body to go into overdrive with all of the work it does to process the myriad of substances we consume on a daily basis.
I am not expert in fasting. But I *am* an expert in helping people make big and long-lasting changes to their lifestyles.
What I know to be true is that educating yourself is a great place to start so that you can use knowledge to combat the fear that inevitably arises when you begin to change the way you’ve always done things before. That’s the wall you have to break through to make lasting changes stick.
Below are some resources to get you started with learning more about Intermittent Fasting. Enjoy!
There are so many books out there on this topic, it can be a bit overwhelming. The titles below are solid places to start. (These are not sponsored links in any way.)