Fasting works for many people, so I am not saying fasting doesn’t work. I have never deemed fasting necessary for my diet. I am not saying that I will never fast either. At this point, I do not see a reason not to eat with all this food available.
As I evolve in my journey to understand my body, I have contemplated fasting from time to time. I have watched other people fast with great success, but eventually, get frustrated when their results slow down. Since I am not a doctor, I can only speak from a distant observation based on limited knowledge, but I see two reasons why they failed at fasting in the long term.
- Fasting in place of eating. When you are changing your diet, it can be difficult to figure out what to eat. As appose to falling off a low carb diet like keto altogether, many people resort to fasting. This can actually backfire on you if you begin to fast more than you eat.
- Fasting for too long. I have seen people go on fasts for a week or more. I guess when I was younger, I never imagined that it was healthy to go that long without eating. Fasting for long periods can help detox your body but it will also create a new normal for your body. Now eating is abnormal and will have a negative effect, at least until you get back into eating normally.
If fasting works for you, I implore you to continue with your journey. But if you are struggling with your diet and are looking for an easy way out, fasting is probably not the answer. It is just as addictive as eating and if unchecked can cause health issues just like any other extreme. If you like, love, hate or don’t know how to feel about fasting, drop a comment below. Let’s start a conversation about the controversial topic.