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Fasting and Exercise

The scientific field has been the scene for much contention about whether fasting health has a place in maintaining your body. Some alternative healers feel that fasting also benefits the soul of the person who fasts. Technically, fasting begins during the first 12-24 hours of your time spent fasting. Until your body begins using carbohydrate stored within for energy, you are technically not fasting. Your fasting period will continue for as long as carbohydrates and fats are utilized for energy, rather than stores of proteins.

To benefit from fasting, health of the body should be your primary concern. When your body burns fat stores to make energy, it is known as autolysis. The liver converts fats into ketone bodies, and then it distributes them throughout your body. As this happens, free fatty acids will be released into the bloodstream, and then the liver uses them for energy.

Advocates of fasting point to detoxification as the most important facet of fasting. Your body will normally detoxify itself to some degree, by neutralizing or eliminating toxins via the skin, lymph glands, lungs, kidneys, liver and colon. This process speeds up when you fast, because the body will turn to using fat reserves for energy when you are not putting food into your body.

To keep your body in peak condition, you will also want to integrate a weight training workout plan into your routine. Weight train two or three times a week, and do aerobics on the other days. Work on the major muscle groups of the lower body once and then the upper body your next weight training day. Use two exercises per each upper body muscle group.

Pick one specific exercise and work with five sets of it. Start with one set of twelve reps, then increase the weight and do ten reps, then add a bit more weight and do eight reps. For each major muscle group, rest a minute between your first four sets. Then do the last two sets without rest between them. Be sure to plan the weight trainings before you begin working out, and record your lifting in a journal, so you can track the weight lifted and the exercises done.

When you use The Master Cleanse to detoxify your body, you will want to be on guard for a few pitfalls that may reduce its effectiveness. Mistakes that are made tend to be the same ones from one person to another, in people who have not studied the plan before they began.

Many mistakes when doing the Master Cleanse reflect a lack of knowledge on how to prepare the ingredients. Others result when people don’t understand the types of craving you may experience during the fast. There is a desire of the body to eat, but parts of the desire are psychological, as well. Cravings can be overcome during fasting by drinking more lemon juice – the body does not need the solid food as often as you might want to eat.
By Rahim Samuel

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5 Responses to Fasting and Exercise

  1. nove says:

    Hi Tom,
    First, sorry for my english, i’m from indonesia and my english is very bad :) . I follow Eat Stop Eat (the book written by Brad Pilon). I fast 2 days a week and lose 6 lbs fat. You said ” fasting begins during the first 12-24 hours of your time spent fasting…”, it’s mean our body start use fat as fuel after 24 hours fasting?

  2. jjjnh says:

    Tom, so we can lift weights during a long water fast?

  3. mimolette says:

    Hi Tom, if one is fasting for weight loss would exercise actually increase the efficiency of ketosis (by actually using them up instead of excreting them through urine, breath) to the point that it wouldn’t be worth exercising at all?
    Or is weight loss through ketosis excretion through urine, breath and sweat so negligible to start with it doesn’t matter?

    many thanks!