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What are the benefits of fasting and what should be the procedure?

Im currently looking into the benefits of fasting . From the information I have gathered from a varitey of different sources aslong as I am carefull and control the duration of the fast to a sensible time there can be many health benefits however I am concerned that it may effect my metabolism or perhaps cause me to over eat and gain weight after I break the fast. I currently tried to do the 5:2 ratio fasting, I decided Saturday and Sunday would be my fasting days where I would consume rougly 200 calories for breakfast and drink green tea/ water during the day. Is this method a healthy and beneficial way of fasting? The main objective of fasting 2 times per week is to get my body to repair itself and to help keep my body healthy. Additional info: Age 19 Weight: 10st 4lbs Height: Roughly 5ft5 no health problems
Asked On : Thu, 16 Aug 2012
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Thanks for using the HCM. I am happy to address your questions, n the early days of fasting, the weight reduces very quickly. Obese persons lose more weight, more quickly than the lean persons. This loss remains only during the early days of fasting. A normal person loses up to about 3-4 kg. But after some days, the rate of weight loss is slower. During the end days of long fasts, the daily loss is even less than 1/8 kg. Going without food for several hours does NOT cause your metabolism to slow down. Short fasts also reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in cells. There’s even some research suggesting that fasting slows the little clocks that tick inside our mitochondria and trigger senescence, or aging. In other words, fasting might help us live longer by keeping our organs youthful. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Thanks
Answered: Fri, 17 Aug 2012
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