Recently there is a full blast advertisement (you can see it everywhere online) on the secret of how to lose your belly fat by practicing alternate diet. It means that on alternate days, you will have to limit yourself from eating carbs and eat more healthy stuff like vege and fruits.
I browsed more on the internet and there is actually a diet plan where you have to fast on alternate days.
Some people are frustrated because even when they constantly take care of limiting their carbs everyday, they still get fat. This is because the body is used to it, so the body will lower its metabolic rate and still able to convert the food to fat.
And some other people get fed up when they have to stop themselves from eating the food that they like, because it’s like impossible to totally stop eating ice-cream your whole life. In the end they just give up and remain fat.
By applying two different eating styles on alternate days (eat with less restriction on alternate days, and eat really healthy food or just fast on the other days), the body won’t be able to adapt to a certain pattern and that it couldn’t tell whether it needs to store the fat or not.
The end effect is, you won’t feel lethargic and no energy, but you still lose weight.
I think it’s a clever idea.
In Islam, we are actually encouraged to fast. Morally, it gives you chance to be a moderate person, avoid being rude, avoid getting involved in gossips and hurting other people’s feelings.
On the physical side, it is a way to remove toxic from your body. And of course, it makes you lose that extra weight, provided that you don’t be greedy and eat like a horse when you break fast.
I browsed the internet some more and this is what I discovered-
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to `Abd Allah b. `Amr b. al-`Âs: “Fast one day and break your fast one day. This was the fast of David (peace be upon him), and it is the best of fasts.”
`Abd Allah b. `Amr then said: “I can do better than that.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: “There is no fast better than that.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (1840)]
The fast of Prophet David means; fast on alternate days with the exception both Idul-Fitr and Idul-Adha and Tasyriq days (11,12,13 Dzul-Hijjah).