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How is a semi-starvation diet related to fasting?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

A semi-starvation diet involves partial fasting at regular intervals. Weight loss benefits associated with fasting can occur through total fasting, but are most effective when they occur through semi-starvation or partial fasting. This involves an individual fasting for shorter periods about once a week or once a month. Partial fasting allows you to cleanse your system regularly without causing permanent damage from prolonged fasting. Total fasting is usually not recommended, even for cases of morbid obesity.

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