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Hello everyone!<br><br>
The other day my dad told me that Cliff Richard (I think <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:">) fasts for one day a week. I don't know why he does it, whether it's for a special diet or something but I was wondering what everyone else thought about this???<br>
Do you think it's healthy to do this? or will it have no effect on him at all? Will it help someone lose weight do you think??? I mean....what benefits on your body will happen if you do fast one day a week??<br>
I've never heard of anyone doing this before.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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When I was doing my Kundalini Yoga training, I fasted every Sunday (the day of the training).<br><br>
So, for a year, I only drank water all day on Sundays.<br><br>
We were taught that as part of a Spiritual practice, it would be good for us to be clear in this way, and also that it was good for the body to have a "rest" from digestion.<br><br>
Here's an interesting article on fasting: <a href="http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1834" target="_blank">http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1834</a>
 

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I sometimes will fast for a day, drinking only water. Not a weekly thing, maybe once every few months. Personally, it just makes me feel - for lack of a better word...clean. I find I have incredible energy when I have my first meal the next day too (I would suggest this meal be a plethora of FRUIT!). It's never affected my body in a negative way, but then again, I haven't done extensive research either. I can't imagine it being harmful if done in moderation. I certainly wouldn't use it as a weight loss tool though.
 

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Thanks! I'm finding this really interesting now! lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Thankyou for the article Ahimsa! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I was also interested in this, as I tend to be an over eater, this may sound weird....but I feel like I 'fear' the hunger feeling...when dinner time aproaches and I havn't eaten anything that day...I get a form of panic on....like if I don't eat something I'll die!! I thought that maybe if I tried fasting for one day a week, I would sort of 'conquor' my hunger fear and I may get over my bad habit of over eating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
(Oh, when I said about fasting maybe helping to lose weight...I wasn't implying people should go anorexic lol I was just curious to see if people thought that by fasting for that one day a week, it aided the slimming process <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )
 

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I was also interested in this, as I tend to be an over eater, this may sound weird....but I feel like I 'fear' the hunger feeling...when dinner time aproaches and I havn't eaten anything that day...I get a form of panic on....like if I don't eat something I'll die!! I thought that maybe if I tried fasting for one day a week, I would sort of 'conquor' my hunger fear and I may get over my bad habit of over eating <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Oh yes short and very long fasts have helped me to have absolutely no anxiety about missing a meal. It has helped me as a vegan to not worry if I go someplace where there is nothing for me to eat.
 

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Oh yes short and very long fasts have helped me to have absolutely no anxiety about missing a meal. It has helped me as a vegan to not worry if I go someplace where there is nothing for me to eat.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Exactly. No acceptable meal or options at that wedding? No biggie.
 

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Now I'm curious too! I'm not sure that fasting is for me though since if I don't eat much I get dizzy and quite irritable haha! I know I know...consult a doctor before doing anything like fasting...but it seems like a lot of the time they don't know much about it anyway.
 

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I like fasting.<br><br>
I kinda enjoy feeling hungry. Not really sure why...</div>
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I kind of know what you mean. I'm doing a "detox" right now...on day 28. Basically I'm just eating REALLY clean. On top of a vegan diet no gluten, processed food, sugar, soy, etc. A lot of the time I feel hungry but I feel a lot lighter and better than I have in while.<br><br>
Also, I just read that article and it was very informative. Thanks AHIMSA!
 

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I like fasting.<br><br>
I kinda enjoy feeling hungry. Not really sure why...</div>
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I don't enjoy feeling hungry, but I do enjoy feeling empty...if that makes any sense at all...
 

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I don't enjoy feeling hungry, but I do enjoy feeling empty...if that makes any sense at all...</div>
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Totally. I think that's closer to what I meant.<br><br>
I like feeling like my body's using up what it's got. Like it's <i>working</i>.
 

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Totally. I think that's closer to what I meant.<br><br>
I like feeling like my body's using up what it's got. Like it's <i>working</i>.</div>
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Exactly. These are the times that I'm bursting with energy. I should probably eat (or not, rather) like this more regularly, but food tastes good and stuff.. :/
 

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Does anyone know any good sites to learn more about fasting? I'm really interested in learning more.</div>
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I don't know any good online resources. I learned from books, and doing it. I went against all the advice, and did unsupervised fasts of fairly long duration, which I don't recommend, unless you have a lot of self confidence and absolutely no anxiety. Fasting is not for everyone.
 

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I sometimes fast for 24hrs on a Sunday while dieting. I weight-train 6 days a week (mon-sat) and also do cardio work as well. I am on a seemingly endless cycle of weight gain/weight loss to achieve the weight I want to be.<br><br>
Personally I like to fast whilst dieting, I feel it gives me discipline, and I also like the feeling of being "empty". I don't feel it leads to a more rapid weight loss, maybe because the body conserves the energy that it has, while receiving no nutrients, except water of course.<br><br>
Back in July 2008 I completed a 3 day fast and fully trained for those 3 days, which apparently is not advisable, but I did not feel any ill effects, infact my trainging went pretty much the same in terms of times and energy.
 

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I fast on occasion and it's really beneficial for me. I don't have any set schedule, just when I feel bloated and icky, or start getting the least bit constipated.<br><br>
Just this past week I put on 5 lbs and was having trouble buttoning my jeans. I went on a 1 day water fast and halfway through the day I was down 3 lbs. I woke up the next morning and was down another. Sorry if this is TMI, but then I took the biggest dump of my life and lost the other lb. I NEEDED a day of cleansing. If I'd kept piling food on top of that, I can't imagine how bad I'd feel.<br><br>
Now all that said, I don't eat a perfect diet. I'm vegan, but probably eat too much sugar and sodium (ok, there's no "probably" about that, I just do).<br><br>
If I ate a much healthier diet, I probably wouldn't feel the need, at least not as often.<br><br>
Right now I probably fast about once a month. I don't think once a week is unreasonable, but definitely not for me.
 

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i don't think it's a bad idea to give your digestive tract a break, if it's just for a day. i think it helps reboot your system. contrast this with days of overeating that people routinely do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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i don't think it's a bad idea to give your digestive tract a break, if it's just for a day. i think it helps reboot your system. contrast this with days of overeating that people routinely do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.</div>
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This. I think one day per month is fine.<br><br>
I usually go half the day without food. I wake up feeling full from the previous day.
 

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Wow, alot more feedback then expected! lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Thanks for all your views! Every one seems to think it's a good thing to do! I'll have to try a day of fasting and see how I do.....I can do half a day and that's usually because I'm busy, not by doing it on purpose! lol I don't have much will power (well I do when it comes to meat, been free from that for over 3 years!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) and I really really don't like feeling hungry or empty but I feel like I need a cleanse or to change my diet...will let you know when I do it and how I do!! lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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