The practice of Fasting has existed for many years. In China, it has been used for over three thousand years to treat illnesses. It is common today to use Fasting for weight loss or weight maintenance. When fasting, many find that they have less stress and are more relaxed during the day. Fasting can help with insomnia, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, fatigue, and other medical conditions.
ADF Easy to Follow
Alternate day fasting, sometimes called ADF, is an alternate-day fasting system. The theory is that you fast on one day but then eat what you need the following day. Most people find alternate day fasting easier to follow than daily, traditional calorie counting (commonly known as a “diet”). The key to Alternate Day Fasting is sticking to the schedule you choose. Fasting every day is unnecessary, and even the most diligent fasting program will usually result in very little weight loss, especially when you consider the amount of time spent fasting.
Stay Away From All Processed Foods
If you plan to try to fast on alternate days, it is a good idea to do so on the days that do not fall within your regular eating times. If you do it during the daytime, try to find a time where you can still eat. It may be difficult at first because you do not want to go hungry or feel guilty if you skip a meal. Decrease the amount of caffeine you consume during the day if you will be fasting at night. Many of the “fasting” diets recommend that you stay away from all processed foods during the fasting period.
Several Small Meals Instead of Three Large Ones
A common complaint with Alternate Day Fasting is overeating. If you plan on fasting at night, you should make sure you stick to eating several small meals instead of three large ones. If Fasting is new for you, you may not be familiar with how it feels to eat several small meals every day. Your body may not know what to expect, so that you may feel hungry after each meal.
There Are Many Fasting Programs Available
Fasting treats many diseases for thousands of years and shown to promote weight loss. Try it if you are trying to lose weight or unsure about a specific diet or lifestyle change. Your doctor may offer advice on a fasting program to help you achieve your goals. There are many fasting programs available on the Internet or at your local health food store. A good plan will include proper eating habits, plenty of water, some form of exercise, and a strict fast.
Consult A Doctor Before Starting ADF
If you are considering alternate-day Fasting, it is good to consult a doctor before starting to follow a program. Some people experience vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, cramps, upset stomach, indigestion, or dizziness. If they do not follow a fasting program, these symptoms may worsen. If you encounter any of these signs, stop fasting until you are better.