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Top 4 Fasting Myths

Learn about the top four fasting myths in this Howcast video featuring nutritionist Natalia Rose.


Hi. I'm Natalia Rose and today we're going to talk about the top fasting myths. One of the top fasting myths is that your metabolism will slow down if you fast. Now what I try and teach my students is that the metabolism isn't so much a place as a process. So let's talk about the concept of metabolization. Metabolization is the ingestion, assimilation, digestion and elimination of the substances you consume. Now when you undertake a fast, what you are doing is you're enabling your system to rest from the continuous onslaught of consumption, so that your body can start to catch up on the assimilation, the elimination; the assimilation and the elimination of the substances that you have been consuming.

So when that happens, actually what - it's a chance for your body to get ahead in terms of metabolization, so you're going to be processing and eliminating this whole collection of substances that you've accumulated for so many years. In that sense, it's really important to understand that your metabolism is given the chance to progress not to digress.

A second top myth is that you will be so hungry after you stop fasting that you'll eat everything in sight and put all the weight back on. Well, if you consume everything in sight after you stop fasting, you will put the weight back on, but you won't be as hungry as you think you're going to be, because your body will be readjusting to less consumption. When you take in vegetable juice over a period of one, two, three or four days, your body is going to - is not going to be expecting so much food, so it is going to have less of a drive to consume so much. And if you can just taper your fast off gently and break the fast with the right meal, then you will have nothing to worry about.

Another thing people get concerned about, another top fasting myth is that you will just pass out if you don't get your meal. It's actually kind of fun to show people how they can fast until lunch or fast until dinner, so juicing until lunch or juicing until dinner, or even doing a 24 hour fast, which is basically fasting from dinner to dinner or from lunch to lunch or breakfast to breakfast, as the case may be. And what they are amazed to discover is that the world doesn't stop. They go on walking, talking, breathing, working - doing all the things that they would normally do, that the absence of one, two or three meals is not going to be the end of them. Now, if you have pre-existing medical conditions, like hypertension or heart issues, or you have very intense migraines, you have blood sugar issues, these are indicators that you could have a less desirable effect or a less desirable reaction to a fast. But, generally speaking, it - the fear of passing out should not be a concern. Remember that you are taking in a huge amount of life force vitamins, enzymes, minerals when you're consuming fresh pressed vegetable juice, and that's what I recommend fasting on to begin with. When you're consuming raw vegetable juices as part of your fast, it's far more nutritionally dense than the food you'd normally be eating. So in effect, you're getting much more nutrition through a juice fast than you would be through normal eating of three meals a day.

And one final myth that people have about fasting is that you won't be able to do the things you normally do when you're fasting. That maybe you need to be laying down all day, or something to that end. In fact, it's nothing like that. If you're fasting on vegetable juices, you're going to have tons of energy to go through your day. You can go to the gym. You can go to your job. You can play with your kids. You can do all the things you would normally do. You just wouldn't be consuming the food you would normally consume. Just remember, you'll be getting so many nutrients as you go through your day.

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