Liquid diet

Liquid fast

Liquid fast

In this article I would like to introduce you to a powerful and wonderful tool called Fasting. I will try to explain what it is, different types of fasting, how it is done, the benefits it can give you, some challenges you can encounter while practising it, how it should be approached and more.

Because our main subject is Liquid diet, I will be focusing on liquid fasting too. Liquid fasting is quite different from water or dry fasting. It is not really a complete form of fasting and is meant to be a light version for beginners or for people who simply do not find water or dry fasting suitable for them for various reasons.

Fasting as a tool to reset your body and mind

Fasting has been used by humans and animals for as long as they have been living on this planet. Most likely, thousands of years ago people fasted according to their instinct when they were either forced to because of lack of food or felt ill and wanted to give their body a chance to recuperate.

Since then things have changed and in this modern world where many people eat three times a day, most of them never fast at all. People lost the connection with this natural and powerful practice. Some have never even heard of it, and the ones who have, either did not even try it or thought of it as of some sort of a torture, comparable to starving people in labour camps.

Animals choose to fast instinctively when they are sick or hurt

Wild animals have not lost this innate instinct to choose to fast when they feel ill. Wild animals, when they are hurt or sick, try to find a safe place to lay for a few days until they feel better. They do not eat and often also do not drink anything, they simply relax as much as possible and lay in one place without much movement.

Domestic animals like cats and dogs usually do this too, when they have a chance to. For example, many years ago I lived in a semi-rural area and my cat disappeared for a few days. I was not concerned about his disappearance because that was not the first time he did this. I accidentally noticed him sitting hidden in a gooseberry bush close to home. He was practically invisible in a thick bush. When I approached him he looked very weak and he did not like my company so I left him alone. A few days later he returned home being very thin, but otherwise healthy and he lived many more years after this incident.

With this example which happened to my cat I wanted to show you that even domesticated animals intuitively know about fasting and they practise it under the right circumstances. If a pet owner is not aware of what his cat or dog is actually doing and instead takes it to the veterinary clinic, then the animal is often subjected to unnecessary surgery or medication. Breaking animal’s fast in this way, which is nature’s way of taking care of a physical body, often does more harm than good.

Most humans no longer fast instinctively

Humans on the other hand, unlike animals, do not usually stop eating when they are feeling unwell, especially if they have chronic diseases. We are so used to common knowledge that we need to have 3 daily meals, that for many it is unthinkable to even skip breakfast once in a while, let alone go on a long fast.

Our bodies however are smart systems and in certain situations we simply stop wanting to eat and automatically begin the fasting phase without even thinking about it. This happens mainly when people get acute illnesses, such as bad cases of cold, fever, food poisonings, various inflammatory issues, etc. The body shuts down the desire to eat as a first resort to save precious energy for healing that would otherwise be used to digest food.

Have you noticed that after 2-3 days of having a high fever and eating close to nothing, you suddenly feel an influx of energy and you feel better than before? This does not happen by accident. High fever together with involuntary fasting works as a great body-cleansing and regeneration mechanism.

Liquid fast is simple and sustainable in a long term

When people mention different types of fasting, they most often mean one of these: juice fasting, water fasting or even dry fasting. On a juice fast you drink only juices, on a water fast you drink only water and on a dry fast you do not eat or drink anything at all. While juice and liquid fasts are not technically fasts because your body still gets calories and does not enter into a full ketosis state, they are still relatively helpful and easy on your digestive system, so for simplicity let us consider them as forms of a fast.

All these fasting types are often ordered by their difficulty level, starting from the simplest to the most difficult one to go on:

  • Liquid fast
  • Juice fast
  • Water fast
  • Dry fast

As you can see, liquid fast is thought to be the simplest one. And truly, it is much less challenging than a water fast or a dry fast. However, the more challenging the fasting method one uses, the more effective it is thought to be.

Liquid “fast” can be used for longer periods

I personally think that a liquid fast is more sustainable than a juice fast, because on a liquid diet you eat enough fibre, which guarantees regular bowel movements and makes you feel more comfortable. If you like a slow, simple and consistent approach, then liquid fast is a good fit for you. Just in case if you think you are not ready for it and your goal is mainly to lose weight, be sure to check the liquid diet for weight loss.

You can drink and eat tea, coffee, juices and smoothies, liquid soups every day as much as you want, because it will all count as a “liquid fast”. Obviously, the less food you consume, the less fibre you have in your food, the more efficient the fast will be. Let us see what you can undertake to speed up the fasting processes.

Next steps: how to make liquid fast more effective

You can obviously try different fasts, for instance water-only or even the one without water. However, the most simple to transition to from a liquid fast would be a juice fast. The only difference would be the lack of a fibre or pulp. You would need to be more used to fasting to attempt it, but nothing is impossible if you keep practising it.

Summary

Fasting is a great tool to reset your body and mind. It is a universal tool which was used for ages by both people and animals. There are different types of fasting, among which Liquid fast is one of the simplest to start with and sustain for a long period of time.