Fasting is a voluntary abstinence from eating or drinking for a period of time. In a physiological context this may also refer to a metabolic state achieved by a person who has not eaten overnight or after complete digestion and absorption of a meal.

The practice of fasting is a major part of different cultures. This act of refrainment from food has acquired trend as an effective weight loss strategy as Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent Fasting is an umbrella term used for numerous meal timing schedules that cycle over a given period of time between voluntary fasting and non-fasting.

What you need to understand properly is while fasting is act with religious sentiment and Intermittent Fasting is a popular weight loss dieting method.

  • Intermittent Fasting can be practiced any time of the year whilst religious fasting is on specific occasions/choice of days.
  • Intermittent Fasting has a specific dietary plan aiding weight loss whereas fasting during festivals can range from light restriction of food to extreme abstention depending upon the community, family and individual.
  • Fasting during festivals might have elimination of certain food or restriction of certain ingredient or can even be a promise of treats for example Modaks, sweet dumplings made from coconut and covered with rice flour which involve worshipping. Intermittent Fasting is designed by experts with strict restriction on fat dense food groups for effective weight loss.
  • Intermittent Fasting is non traditional trending way of losing weight. If one is starving in the belief that it will help to lose weight which is straight against the very principle of ritual fasting of moral and spiritual act aiming to purify the body and mind.