Ensure your safety while fasting
- Consult with your doctor before indulging in fasting if you are on medication.
Your doctor will advise you on whether the decision is worthwhile or not.
Avoid fasting if you are suffering from illnesses such as gout and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
If you must fast, consult with your doctor or physician first.
Monitor yourself and report any symptoms of hypoglycemia.
The common symptoms include confusion, sweating, feeling of hunger, tremors, shakiness, and weakness. Remember, hypoglycemia can be life-threatening if left unattended.
Suspend your fast if you find out you are pregnant.
You need to nourish your unborn baby with vital nutrients so they can develop properly.
Suspend your fast if you start feeling uncomfortable about your body’s ability to contain it.
You can always restart your fast at a later time.
Suspend your fast if you become underweight.
Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) from time to time. This can be done by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by your height in meters squared. You are considered underweight if your BMI is less than 18.5.
Avoid deliberately restricting calories after each fast, especially if you are following a regular fasting regimen.
Follow a low carb, high fat, and unprocessed food diet in general. Also, eat until you are full. This won’t be a problem because you are likely to burn some of your stored energy when you fast next.
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