Fasting is a regular word used in the religious practice. In this context, it mean abstaining from food and drink for a specific period of time for spiritual growth. In a psychological context, fasting may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten. For the purpose of this post, we will consider a type of fasting known as fruit fast. A fast, without any religious intention.
What is a FRUIT FAST?
A fruit fast is a special kind of fast used mainly for weight loss. Its menu consists only of fresh fruits. Advocates of this eating regimen accept that this eating routine is a sort of detox for the body, which helps to cleanse the body of all unhealthy food and a quick and efficient way to lose weight.
To participate in this diet, one has to avoid any form of solid food, meat, fish or processed food, and compose his/her menu with only fruits. This fruits can be served whole, juiced or chopped. Fruits can be combined with vegetables and a high intake of water. It is a very strict and restrictive diet. In adhering to this diet, moderation is key for maximum effect.
Are you considering a fruit fast as an option, here are reasons why you should and why you shouldn’t.
BENEFITS OF A FRUIT FAST
During Fruit fast, the restrictive diet prevents the participant from eating processed food. This offers the body system a reprieve from processed nourishments, and lets low-calorie, fiber-rich products of the soil (fruits and vegetables) clean your body; and places your body into fat burning mode.
Fruits are stuffed with nutrients, including nutrient C and beta-carotene, and research shows that a reasonable intake of fruits and vegetables can decrease the danger of malignant growth and other persistent sicknesses.
Also, Fruits contain fiber, which can help bring down your cholesterol and support normal defecation. In case of constipation. Apples are high in dietary fiber and would be a good addition to the diet.
Bananas, guavas, and mangos are good examples of fruits high in potassium. Potassium can help keep a sound pulse and manage the body fluids.
RISK INVOLVED IN A FRUIT FAST
The body needs all type of food for its nourishment and sustenance which a fruit fast deprives. The body lacks protein, fats and oil, calcium and so much more. The body may go into starvation mode. This implies that your digestion will ease back as your body will rely on already stored nutrients. You may likewise encounter pallor, weariness, and a decreased invulnerable framework. After some time, the absence of calcium can prompt osteoporosis.
The diet is also exceptionally high on sugar, for diabetic or pre-diabetic patients, this diet can be hazardous. Some Fruits contain excess of sugar that eating a lot of can contrarily influence glucose levels.
Another thing to note is that, since the diet is restrictive of certain nutrients, participants can suffer deficiencies which could affect the overall health.
To give you a proper insight on the effects of fruit fast, I will narrate my personal encounter.
I embarked on a fruit fast mid last year, and the overall effect was adverse. I lost weight at the expense of my health. How, you may wonder. I will tell you.
During the period of fruit fasting, I usually felt dizzy and weak. I also noticed that I couldn’t perform certain activities as I would before. Most times during the day, I kept fantasizing on food that I’d devour once the fast was over. Funny right? What then is the essence of this diet if it is not sustainable? You guessed right. After a while, I gave up after all, I lost weight. But after this experience, I assumed a cleaner and safer way to use weight.
From firsthand experience, I can tell you that at first, fruit diet may seem like the best way to achieve your weight loss goals, but I can assure you that your result will be faster and safer when you incorporate exercising and a diet containing all classes of food. Having read this post, I leave you with this question to ponder on is FRUIT FAST WORTH IT?