Types of Fasts

Fasting has a number of purposes. While the main aim of religious fasting or Christian fasting is to bring the subject closer to God through the power of prayer and fasting, even people who are not religious are taking up fasting for a variety of reasons. A number of people have taken up spiritual fasting in order to find emotional and spiritual strength. They have turned to fasting for both spiritual and emotional healing and renewal. Then there are large majorities who have taken to fasting for weight loss. Detoxification fasting is also in vogue amongst the health conscious. Everybody is trying to avail the benefits of fasting either one way or the other.

Different people with different needs undertake different types of fasts. You also can choose one based on your requirement.

Some of the most common fasts are described briefly as follows:

The Absolute Fast: An absolute fast is when one abstains from both eating and drinking. Even water is not allowed on absolute fasts. This fast is not advised for more than three days. This is more on the sides of Christian fasting or religious fasting and not for people fasting for health reasons.

The Normal Fast: In a normal fast, you abstain from both eating and drinking, but drinking water is allowed. This is also a kind of religious fasting mostly, but is favored by health fasters also in some cases.

The Daniel Fast: The Daniel fast, as the name suggests, is a religious fast, where the person who is fasting can eat fruits, vegetables and water. Choice foods like meat and wine are not allowed.

The Partial Fast: The partial fast is a kind of fast where you abstain from eating or drinking certain food items. You can chose to skip a meal, or you may chose to eat just certain foods throughout your fast.

The Juice Fast: The juice fast, as the name suggests is a fast where you only exist on fruit and vegetable juices. Juice fasting has gained immense popularity, especially with people who are trying to lose weight. It is a great method of detoxification fasting also and is advised by many dieticians for various reasons.

Water, Honey and Lemon Fast: The water, honey and lemon fast is again a popular weight loss and detoxification fast. One is supposed to survive on a diet of warm water with some lemon juice and honey mixed in it. It is a great method of cleansing the body.