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Partial or total fasting: what you need to know

Partial or total fasting: what you need to know

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Various forms of youngare increasingly practiced throughout the year for the sole purpose of allowing the body to purify, to detoxify, to feel good, and in general, to regenerate.

Reducing chronic pain, inducing weight loss, contributing to the treatment of hypertension, relieving arthritis or improving the quality of sleep, are among other things. benefitswhich one can benefit from by fasting.

On the other hand, whether it is total or partial, the choice of a fast must be meticulously made at the risk of exposing yourself to many dangers.
In order to benefit from the advantages offered by the fast for which you have opted, it is desirable to know the principles, and to refer imperatively to a doctoror one dietitian.

You will then be offered various programs and you could fast safely.

While the total fastremains very strict, there is an alternative which is thepartial fasting, much less dangerous. However, they both require a medical advice, because a maximum duration must be respected by the one who practices the fast.

You want to lose weight by winter, this season when all energy needs are increasing?

You have the choice between a total or partial fast which will not only make you reach your goal, but will give you a well-beingincomparable!
Contact your doctor: he will be able to establish for you, depending on your state of health, a slimming programwith on the menu, all foodat privilegeand a list of those to avoid. (Photo © Hetizia)

Read also :

  • Definition and main principles of fasting
  • Drinks and food during the fast

Partial fasting

Less strict than total fasting, partial fasting provides the body with benefitswith the main goal, the detoxof the body and regenerationof immune system.

Practiced over a relatively short period and validated by a specialist, the benefits are substantial, and the likelihood of endangering one's health is low.

1 / What does partial fasting consist of?

It is a practice of fasting for 2, 3 consecutive days or not during a week or 5-7 days in a month.

During these fasting days, the person wishing to improve their state of health, should consume between a third and a half of the amount of calories consumed daily.

During the days not covered by the fast, a normal dietBut balancedis strictly recommended.

2 / Benefits of partial fasting

Still called priest, partial fasting, which is often therapeutic, can be adapted to individual needs: cleanse the liver, relieve digestive disorders, improve the appearance of one's skin, lose weight, etc.

It is particularly suitable for people who cannot practice a complete fast, for health reasons.

Relatively simple to adopt, partial fasting is also suitable for all beginners who want to get started, but very gently.

During this type of fasting nutrientssuch as grains, sprouts, broths and food supplements are authorized.

In addition to these, the consumption of vegetablesor wheatgrass, and fruit juice are also permitted.

3 / Partial fasting: what contraindications?

Certainly, after a few months, the results of partial fasting are remarkable. But, the fact remains that this type of fasting also presents some risks.

Like any cure, diet or regimen, partial fasting can lead to imbalanceof eating behavior, a loss of muscle mass, and affectthus the functioning of vital devices.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly (65 years and over), those suffering from respiratory, cardiac or cardiovascular disorders are not authorized to practice a fast. As for diabetics and people with cancer, weight loss is observed in this case.

If you want to know more about your state of health, or to know if you possibly suffer from a particular pathology that is contraindicated to fasting, refer to the advice of a health professional or a nutritionist.

Example: partial fasting program 1

For those who want to purify their body and lose some weight in 2 days, here is a partial fasting program in two (2) days that will allow them to achieve their goals, and gain vitality.


- 1 glass of lemon water

At breakfast, approximately 1 hour after waking up

- 1 glass of apple juice

- unsweetened green tea

- a plate of raisins and grated apple

At lunch and dinner

- whole fruit or juice, and apples only, but at will

Tips : drink plenty of plain water, opt for organic apples and eliminate all sodas, caffeinated drinks, and cigarettes.

In order not to suffer from fatigue due to the elimination of toxins, it is advisable to follow this course of treatment preferably on weekends or two days when you are at rest.

Example: partial fasting program 2

Spread over 5 days, this type of partial fast guarantees you a great physical, emotional and mental cleansing.

The day before the fast, you can eat vegetarian during the day and in the evening, drink soup, then prune juice to facilitate elimination.

  • Each morning, drink a glass of fresh homemade juice. For the preparation of your juice, use a juice extractor only. In case you do not have an extractor, it is best to consume the juices on sale in organic stores. Lemon, clementine and grapefruit - rich in vitamins - are good fat destroyers.
  • At noon, on the menu: vegetables with diuretic properties preferably (artichokes in salad with the hearts, or grilled with olive oil, a little honey and lemon), seasonal vegetables in all their forms (zucchini, broccoli, peppers, radishes, endives, cucumber, fennel, leek, carrots, etc.), all accompanied by fish (sea bream, turbot).
  • During the day,take unlimited water with low mineral content, herbal teas of your choice (thyme, sage, lavender, or orange blossom). Fruits will also be welcome.
  • The evening, give yourself a well-filtered vegetable broth, without lumps.

Tips: you can prepare homemade detox water. To do this, in a bottle of water, place a few slices of cucumber and mint leaves, or a sprig of thyme and 3 slices of lemon. And voila !

During the treatment, avoid red meats, coffee, alcohol, sodas or industrialized drinks!

Accompany your fast with a little physical activity (walking, yoga) to ward off feelings of fatigue.

Total Fast

Still called full fast or water fast, total fasting can be practiced alone or combined with a treatment. Throughout this fast, the person is not subjected to any food, and drinks only water.

The body then draws from its reserves all the proteins, sugar and other nutrients necessary for its survival. Of deficienciesare likely to occur quickly.

This type of fast is to be practiced strictly on medical advice. Indeed, the faster is exposed to many risksthat could affect their general health. Intense fatigue can be associated with discomfort, cardiovascular accidents, heart problems, or even a failure of the immune system.

Example: total fasting program (to be followed on medical advice)

Eat normally the day before.

Day 1

Morning: Drink a full glass of water and a hot drink if you wish, but without sugar. Regular hydration during the day is imperative. It serves as an appetite suppressant throughout the fast.

Day 2

Morning: Repeat the dose from the day before with the amount of water and the infusion. You will feel tired, so rest and think about occupying yourself (doing the filing, for example) to avoid idleness, if you do not have a professional activity.

Above all, don't hesitate to hydrate yourself during the day.

Day 3

Same as the second day.

If you experience a headache, fall asleep day or night, with an ice pack on your head and a hot water bottle on your abdomen.

Repeat as needed, then relax and meditate.

Stick to this schedule as many days as you can, but always under medical check up.

Then think about the recovery after the fast, it must be done gently and gradually. You can start with vegetable broth, then vegetables and vegetable juices, then fruit juices, followed by fruits, legumes, whole grains, dairy products, fish, eggs, seafood, finally home bakery and pastry, white meats.

In all cases, the nutrition specialist in charge of your follow-up will know how to guide you more.

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