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Benefits of Fasting: Weight Loss Method?

Abstract: Is fasting healthy?

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Benefits of Fasting: Weight Loss Method?

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

Is fasting healthy? What are the benefits of fasting? Is it a good weight loss method?

Answer:

Of course, fasting can sometimes be beneficial. For example, I know a girl who had serious eczema over her entire body, who was cured by fasting and a change of diet.

However, concerning obesity and eating disorders, fasting is not a successful method. In this case, it is most important to eat in a way which satisfies the body's nutritional needs and to become more sensitive to the body signals which control hunger and satisfaction.

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