Can senior citizens in relatively good health fast?
When it comes to fasting, everyone, no matter their age, should have a serious discussion with a medical professional before starting, but this is vital for older adults. Fasting might prove very harmful if the body is not prepared and in a healthy condition. Fasting isn’t recommended for those dealing with chronic illness or other health issues. To be short and straightforward, it’s down to you and your doctor if it’s safe to fast. But for seniors who seem perfectly healthy, fasting might be suitable for improving general wellness and even promoting endurance. When your doctor seemed satisfied with your health and did not advise against fasting, please ensure that safety is your priority. Here are some tips on planning your fast:
If it’s your first experience, do not overdo it. Avoid long fasting periods. Try preparing your body before the fast. It’s a huge mistake to overeat the night before the fast when in fact, you should gradually lower the amount of routine food you eat to make sure your body is ready at least two or three days before your first day of fasting. In case of being used to a certain amount of physical activity, you might want to limit it to a given point. While it is okay to stay active during the fast, your body is already burning a considerable amount of reserved fat for energy, so you better avoid pushing your body harder than it’s already being tried.
Try listening to your body’s tune. It’s normal to have some dizziness and feel weak in your first days. But if you experience pain, fatigue, confusion, poor vision, or other sorts of side effects, immediately contact your doctor and put an end to your fast but make sure to do it delicately. It is crucial to start slow and first consume bland foods after not receiving any food for a certain amount of time. Begin with a simple soup or vegetables that are easy to digest. Avoid heavy foods. Some specialists suggest that no matter how many days you spend fasting, you should spend half of that number gradually introducing all sorts of food back into your daily routine. For example, if your fast lasts six days, spend three days after that ramping back up to reach your regular eating pattern.
Fasting is not a recommendable way to lose weight because you will eventually gain back all the weight you lost since most of it is water weight. That quickly returns as you start eating again, which is entirely expected and natural. You still have increased your metabolism and taken a worthy step toward a healthier life, so do not be discouraged.