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Can fasting help my confidence?

Intermittent fasting is a popular tool of detoxification , cleansing and to jump start fat and weight reduction. Reducing body fat can boost confidence and provide a success foundation.

Hands down the question I probably get the most from people is about fasting.  Intermittent fasting and fasting are great tools for detoxification and to jump start weight loss.  People’s confidence and success (which results from confidence) are often tied to their body image.   Fasting can provide a small success to build confidence with body image.

Fasting is the intentional abstaining from food and calorie containing beverages.   Intermittent fasting is when you don’t eat for 12-16 hours, and the easiest way to accomplish that is to extend your overnight fast to eat breakfast at 11 am or in the early afternoon.  

Before discussing fasting, the person must be cleared by mental health providers or have a history devoid of issues with eating which may be connected to mental health issues as I mentioned before.  

Fasting helps to bring down body fat, the blood sugar and cholesterol, helps to get the metabolism geared up to burn more fat.  It usually accelerates weight loss. 

This is happening from two important processes for the cells and mitochondria (the energy making part of the cell), autophagy and apoptosis.  These may be words that you never heard of.  It is not important to know these words but some people have read about them so I mention them here.  

Autophagy can be thought of as cleaning out and recycling the raw materials of the body which “unclogs” the system to allow it to run more efficiently.  

Apoptosis can be thought of as a controlled shut down of cells and mitochondria that are either too old or damaged beyond repair. 

After the cell or mitochondria properly shuts down, autophagy recycles those materials. 

Autophagy and apoptosis are processes of the body cleaning out that may become sluggish as we age, are overfed, and/or experience exposures. 

The decision on what type of fast is best needs to be decided jointly between their doctor or nutritionist and the client.  

 

 

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