Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.
Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.
Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity. It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.
One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..