Are you using fasting to avoid your symptoms?
Let me ask. Why are you fasting? Or why have you thought about trying it?
In reality, fasting is just another diet and I hate to break it to ya but just like every other diet you have tried out there it doesn’t work and it certainly does not work long-term.
Here’s why. Your body can only handle stress for a certain amount of time before it burns the F out and unlike men who tend to be more resilient to stress we have a cycle every month and a reproductive system that is sensitive to stress. Starving yourself is stressful. Girl, you are not in a famine don’t make your body think you are!
There are usually 2 reasons people decide to fast: weight loss + digestive issues.
Weight is a symptom of something deeper going on, typically a poor/slow metabolism and guess what, fasting is anti-metabolic making our metabolism even slower. Sure, you can lose some weight when you start fasting initially because DUH when you cut calories, change up your diet, or cut out food groups your body will respond.
But what happens when you stop fasting? Let’s be real, like I said this is a diet and like all other diets it is not sustainable. Not only do most people regain all the weight they lost from fasting but they are most likely going to put on extra pounds because you just killed your metabolism and it’s slower than ever and now it doesn’t feel safe to lose weight. It no longer trusts you.
You decided to fast because your digestion is out of wack and you feel better when you don’t eat. Do you think starving yourself is the root cause to your digestive issues? I can assure you it’s not. And I can also assure you fasting will only wreck your digestion further because of your now even slower metabolism.
Fasting is like taking a pharmaceutical it is just masking your symptoms. High cholesterol? Water weight? Inflammation? Blood sugar issues? Why do you have those issues in the first place? Again, I can assure you the root cause is not because your body does not want food.
“But everyone is different.” Guess what we all have the same cells that require a steady stream of glucose to function, ALL DAY LONG