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In a 24/7 food culture, periodic fasting gains followers

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By CANDICE CHOI

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Well goody! Fasting is getting more and more popular as people start realizing that it is still the easiest and cheapest way to lose weight and/or getting rid of their health problems. But ultimately it all comes down to what and how much you eat during the eating periods. I've been doing fasts for over 10 years, ever since the good old days of Brad Pilon's EatStopEat and I've done countless 24+ fasts, up to 4 days, including dry fasting. Also, fasting is really not the holy grail of healing so it is good to have some realistic expectations. The first time you do a 24-hour fast, it is like "Wow! What a big deal! I actually haven't eaten for 24 hours!" Then as you keep doing more and more fasts it just becomes the same old same old, just a part of life. Definitely good to do it regularly even just for health maintenance since during a fast the body has a chance to do other stuff it otherwise does not have any capacity left to do because of the constant digesting/eliminating of food, especially when most people keep eating all the time.

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With limited time on this planet, enjoy as much of life as you can. Don't be dictated to by fads and diet gurus who only care about how much yen they can steal from you. Those bags of rice are perfect for exercise. Walking instead of driving to the shops. Get off one or two stops before the destination. Keep meals to one plate and balance the portions. Keeping fit doesn't require spending. Be creative.

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