Fasting days diet: Guidelines for Action

Popular diets nowadays involve following strict restrictions or even torturing yourself with hunger day by day. Fasting days diet is a good possibility to:
  • quickly lose weight without any harm to the body,
  • drop a few kilos before an important event,
  • accelerate weight loss, if the scales keep showing the same numbers every day no matter how hard you try,
  • finally put an end to emotional overeating.
The idea of the fasting days diet is that you choose one product and consume only it all day long. Thus, the daily caloric value reduces drastically – down to 800-1000 kcal – thanks to which your extra weight goes away. You may lose up to 1.5-2 kg in a day of such diet.

Please note that you should not abuse the fasting days diet, since it may lead to the weakening of the immune system and malfunctions in metabolism. The ideal fasting days diet plan, which allows you to lose weight and maintain the weight achieved, is as follows:

• five days of normal eating (in the range of 2000 kcal for women and 2500 for men)
• 1-2 fasting days.

As the nutritionists’ practice shows, products that are the most effective for this purpose, include:

Each of us has his food habits and favorites. Someone loves sweets, others can not live without bread and pastries. Some people like the taste of thick yogurt, cream and cottage cheese, while as others don’t imagine their life without chips and nuts. Fans of apple and salad with nuts will never understand carnivores.

Tip

To get the maximum benefit from a fasting day, try choose light and healthy products, which will be pleasing your taste buds and raising your mood at the same time.




For example, a sweet tooth will love to eat watermelon, apples and pineapples. If you are not indifferent to the creamy consistencies, days on cottage cheese with berries, and yogurt will suit you perfectly well. Buckwheat, rice and potatoes fasting days diet menu will satisfy those passionate for pastry and bread.

6 main rules of a fasting day:

1. drink at least 6 glasses of pure non-carbonated water to start the cleansing process in the body and facilitate the liver and kidneys functioning. In addition, 1-2 cups of herbal tea are very welcome; coffee is allowed - with milk, but no sugar.

2. eat fractionally, every 2 hours, to reduce the stomach volume and stimulate the metabolism. Plan a total of 6 meals, the latter should be - no later than 8 PM.

3. bananas, persimmons, grapes, avocados are not very suitable for the fasting days diet – sugar, fat and starch content of these products is too high.

4. season your meals with a pinch of spices, herbs, nuts (a few pieces), honey, agave nectar, stevia (1 tsp). They compensate for the absence of salt and sugar.

5. liquid food (such as yogurt), are recommended not to be drank, but eaten slowly with a spoon. This will enhance the satiety and prolong the pleasure.

6. plan fasting days on vegetables, fruit and dairy products, based on 1.5 kg/ml of the product; meat and fish days - no more than 400-500 g, boiled.


Buckwheat

Even though this product is not used as often, as it should be, the benefits of buckwheat are widely known nowadays:
  • cleans liver and vascular walls,
  • improves digestion,
  • improves complexion,
  • strengthens hair and nails.
Cons: on the shelves of the stores, you will mainly find roasted buckwheat, while as the natural, the green one, is more valuable in terms of nutrients. If you manage to find the latter, benefits for your health, body and overall body condition will improve even greatly
How to fast on it: if you feel very hungry, you may cook another 1 cup of cereal and to include vegetables in the menu (cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, celery) and non-sweet fruit.


Rice

Rice is a very popular product all around the world. You make cook all sorts of food with rice, starting from simple garnishes to desserts. Let’s see, what benefits rice may bring you, if you choose namely this product for a fasting day:
  • absorbs and removes toxins,
  • normalizes the bowels,
  • suppresses "sweet" appetite,
  • strengthens the nervous system,
  • is a natural diuretic and an immune stimulator.
Cons: in some people, rice, on the contrary, "locks" the stomach (since it contains starch), and may cause discomfort in the stomach.
How to fast on it: Soak overnight 300 grams of rice. The next day, boil for 10-15 minutes and divide into 6 meals. Seaweed (nori, fucus or laminaria) may be used to add some flavor and aroma.


Apples

These wonderful fruits are, probably, the product, which will give you maximum opportunities to create your own fasting days diet recipes that you will truly enjoy while dieting. Aside from that, apples are very beneficial for the overall health condition:
  • purify the blood,
  • normalize the skin tone,
  • strengthen bones and lungs,
  • normalize the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract,
  • are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Cons: this fruit stimulates hunger in many people; sweet varieties contribute to an unstable glucose level and are not recommended in diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
How to fast on it: divide 1.5-2 kg of apples for 6-8 meals. You may eat apples fresh, baked with a handful of nuts, honey and cinnamon, make a pureed or salad.