The idea of going hours to days without food or drinking nothing but juice or living on processed, less than palatable powdered foods created in a lab isn’t doesn’t exactly align with my food philosophy. And I’d be willing to bet that if there was a way to achieve those same fasting benefits without deprivation, most of us would jump at the chance.
Fasting is a powerful tool meant to clear the mind, rid the body of toxins, and promote cellular repair and regeneration. When done right, it’s also fantastic for weight loss, hormone balance, mental clarity, and more. The key is to get your calorie deficit, meal timing and macro balance just right.
A smart fasting protocol is a version of fasting where you can still eat. Sound counterproductive? It’s not. The idea is to eat low-calorie and lower-carb foods rich in plant proteins and healthy fats. It’s far from just cutting calories a few days a month because there is a big focus is on the types of foods you eat (and luckily, they also happen to be delicious). In other words, it’s actually a highly strategic approach that’s very intentional in its design. (Don’t have time to research and plan out every morsel of food you’ll eat? Don’t worry, I’ve got you.
Since you aren’t completely cutting out food as you do with longer fasts, your body won’t be under so much stress. This makes it easier for many of us to follow. But because of the adjustments in the type of food you eat, your body is still forced to positively adapt, giving you the same benefits as you would with typical fasts (yay for autophagy!).