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How to #Hack Fasting: A Complete Guide

Check out one of my favorite "done for you" fasting options: the Prolon system

In this article you will learn:

  • The different kinds of fasts and how to implement them

  • What the research says about IF and PF (intermittent and periodic fasting)

  • Some simple, but powerful tips to incorporate fasting into your life

Lazy Reader's Section:

Fasting is a powerful tool in your arsenal for good gut health and insulin balance, as well as spiritual and mental clarity, but it must be done with planning and consideration - as well as a clear intent. If you are new to fasting, a "done for you" 5 day program that works is the Prolon system by longevity author Dr. Valter Longo.

Lazy Author Alert:

Some research is cited at the end of this article for further reading, but if you want the full gory details then grab yourself a copy of my book, Dance Your Way Through Life: A No Bullshit Guide to Hacking Your Body, Mind & Soul for Success.

The Details:

Fasting is a timeless practice that has been around since as long as we could write. We also evolved in constant scarcity, with intermittent periods of fasting being the norm that our bodies had to get used to. In fact, this is one simple reason why obesity is so prevalent in adults, kids and even pets - our bodies aren't used to the sheer amount of surplus constantly available.

Today this ancient practice has become super sexy thanks to many health entrepreneurs and celebrities, and while there are many benefits to fasting regularly - my goal with this article is to help you push the hype aside and really be true to yourself. Fasting is powerful, but it's not something you should do just because it's the latest thing since sliced bread. To understand a bit more about fasting in general, let's break down a few things:

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a broad term for fasting done intermittently or periodically. This is either in the form of a dedicated eating window every day or occasional fasts periodically throughout the week, month or year. You have probably seen terms like “16:8” or “5:2” – these are just references to the type of intermittent fasting being done. 16:8 means 16 hours of fasting with an 8 hour eating window, while 5:2 refers to a week where you fast 2 days and eat 5.

The Different Types of Fasts

Fasting is a beautiful practice because it is very broad. You can fast from spending, from technology, from sex or from people. It’s not just about food, and even in that category there’s many ways to incorporate fasting into your daily routine: