The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Take a break from food

Along the same lines as last week’s article “Work Hard, Rest Hard”, every now and then you need to give your body a break of a different sort.

We eat almost ALL THE TIME, and that puts our bodies under tremendous pressure. Most of us have internal systems that almost never get a break from food processing and digestion because there’s always more food coming down the pipe.

And that’s a problem.

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You see, your system wants to do maintenance tasks, too. But digestive things take priority. So if there’s no time, then the maintenance never gets done.

Think of your garden if all you ever did was plant more plants, and never took time to trim, clean, mow, and remove dead plants. It’d be a mess. And that’s what’s happening on your insides if you never give yourself a chance to maintain.

So how do you do this?

Simple. Once every week, take a 24 hour break from food. Eat dinner today, then don’t eat anything until dinner time tomorrow. This means you’ve missed two meals (and maybe a couple of snacks) so it’s good for the diet, but it has also given your various organs a chance to sort themselves out.

You may feel like you’re ‘dying’ the first time you try this, but be strong – you can actually go 60 days without food, so a few hours is NOT a problem. Just keep busy and you won’t even realise what’s happened.

Try it. It’s good for you, AND it’ll help you lose weight.

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