The weight-reduction is possible only when the calorific output overtakes the calorific intake. The rate of reduction is proportionate to the difference between the intake and the output of the calories. It is a moot question whether it is desirable to resort to fasting for increasing this difference??????????
This question has raised a big controversy. Those who oppose fasting for fat-reduction outnumber those who support fasting for losing weight, and therefore, it is necessary to examine in detail, the arguments presented by the rival camps.
During the period of fasting, if appropriate steps are not taken, vitamins and minerals stored in the body begin to deplete. This is not a desirable development.
It is apparently clear that fasting has to be wound up at some stage. And it is a matter of common experience that once a person starts consuming food, his/her weight begins to increase once again and all his/her labor and sacrifice are wasted.
It is advisable that those who wish to reduce their fat should cultivate proper eating and living habits rather than resort to fasting. Fasting does not serve the purpose. In that case, those who are against fasting argue, and rightly so, that why not reduce the weight by resorting to a low-calorie balanced diet that would cultivate proper eating habits? Diet should be planned which continuous for life time, which does not wound up any stage and in a manner so that body gets adequate vitamins , minerals, proteins etc.
Some people, who oppose fasting, argue that fasting is one form of starvation and it may cause a person’s death. But this argument is sheer nonsense. In a fat person’s body, there is always an adequate storage of nutrition that can fulfill the needs of the body for a long time. It is more likely that some grave diseases like diabetes, heart disease or cancer which are associated with obesity were perhaps responsible for causing death in those cases.
There is a grain of truth in argument of the supporters of fasting that to eat a little is more difficult than not to eat at all. In many a case, after fasting for two or three days the appetite begins to wane and does not bother. But eating a little generates further appetite which bothers continuously.
Many cases are seen were people resort to fasting twice or thrice a week to reduce weight, but it is also noted that after fasting when the person eats his/her appetite tends to increase more than normal one, he/she tends to eat more than what they used to in normal days.
As vitamins and minerals stored in the body begin to deplete during fasting. Body glow vanishes, body lacks energy.
Bad habits of eating and living are generally responsible for obesity. Fasting does not eliminate them. However, for getting rid of stubborn obesity which does not yield to other remedial measures, long term fasting can be undertaken under proper medical supervision. The reduction in weight is more if a person continues to eat some amount of food than fasting altogether.