Fasting

Fasting is a state of being refrained from eating food and drinking fluids willingly. Fasting helps in weight loss and improves overall fitness. It boosts cognitive performance and decreases the risk of developing metabolic diseases in the body. It decreases the development of obesity and other chronic diseases. It is good to follow short fast periods of 8 to 24 hours. Long fast periods increase the risk of developing problems due to fasting.

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What should I do to reduce belly fat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a normal body and a huge potbelly. For the past year, I have been altering my diet and doing cardio and lifting weights. Nothing happened. My belly is the same. Knowing that spot reduction is a myth and fat will only go from the overall body, I tried reducing overall body fat. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Fitness Expert, Orthopaedician And Traumatologist, Physiotherapist, Spine Health Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to recognize the problem and have the insight too. The important thing is that your rectus and lower abdominal musculature's resting muscle tone is poor, allowing the contents to bulge out. It would help if you did core strengthening exercises, planks br...  Read Full »

I want to be fit, both physically and mentally. Is Keto diet the right choice?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. My main goal is to optimize my brain performance, thinking clearly, and no brain fog. I am trying to be shredded and working on overall body strength and abdominal muscles. I have been following a mixture of IF (intermediate fasting) and Keto diet for about...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumiya Sulthana

Nutritionist, Dietician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You need to incorporate a vitamin D supplement. Your diet pattern and exercise are good, but I need a few more details like BMI (body mass index) to comment on any changes and to calcul...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have abdominal pain and feel tired if you eat late?

Query: Dear Sir, I would like to get guidance on the following medical issue which troubles me for last 6 years. Normally I used to take my lunch by 2 PM. If getting delayed then feel like very tired and pain starts on upper right abdomen. That pain will continue for next few days. Feels locking pain when...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello. I welcome you to icliniq. Well I can understand the level of your anxiety and frustration related to this ongoing recurrent abdominal pain. Well the abdomen is a huge compartment comprising of various tightly fitting organs including stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, liver and many o...  Read Full »

What should I do to control my weight with hyperthyroidism?

Query: Hi, I am a hyperthyroidism patient. My weight was 65 kg when i was normal. And then my weight is suddenly decreased and it was 52 kg, and i knew that i have hyperthyroid, so treatment was start from last year and now my current weight is 73 kg, can you help me how can i control weight now? I am t...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi Thanks for your query First of all u need to control ur thyroid function so ur thyroid Harmon levels should be stable. When ur thyroid harmone levels increase u will lose weight. I don’t know why ur taking inderal? It’s given initially to control symptoms because carbimazole takes t...  Read Full »

Is it advisable for a person with BP, sugar, and gas problems to fast or skip meals?

Query: I am having b.P, sugar, gas problem, all under control. Sometimes gas problem s, chest burning, belching etc 1) Can I do fasting, skipping meals as everyone suggesting . What shall I take before taking medicine s as when on fast 2) Suggest multi grain s, 3) Eating non veg not shoot up sugar ? I am...  Read Full »


Dr. Subharanjini Ramesh

Dietician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq. Since all your problems are under control, you can do fasting. What kind of fasting you want to do? Is it totally not eating anything or eating like tiffin items without rice? I would suggest the second option as it will be easy for you to follow. Just avoid rice and eat any...  Read Full »

What are the ill effects of prolonged fasting?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. Because before I was fasting for a long time (two or three years) like having breakfast and lunch afterward nothing else until the next day, because I was so depressed about my overweight condition and I did not have someone close to me to explain how to make a diet....  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, to answer your question, there are some lab tests which could give us an idea of the damage it has caused to your overall health but not necessarily to your stomach. Few more clinical parameters to detect the effects of prolonged fasting habits are weight and...  Read Full »

Why is my ketone value marked in red?

Query: Hi doctor, I am currently looking at my urinalysis results. There is something that I am trying to understand. My ketone is 40 mg/dL and marked with a red square flag. What does this mean? Should I be worried or concerned about this? When this test was performed they told me that everything was nor...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The ketones can be positive under certain conditions. The most important ones are starvation for long hours, hyperglycemia (extremely high blood sugar) and alcoholism (too much consumption). What I understand is that all the values are in normal range and only ketones ...  Read Full »

Can I take medicine for diabetes while on fasting?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45-year-old female. I have hypertension for four years, and I take Co-Diovan 80/12.5. In the past days, I performed blood sugar tests on Accu-check device and got the following results respectively in four days after eight to ten fasting hours: 283, 364, 420, 483. After the lock...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Endocrinologist, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have diabetes mellitus and your weight is high as well. If you do not have symptoms you can go for fasting. You need to do HBA1c (glycated hemoglobin) which will show your average sugar over two to three months previously. Check your eyes for retinopathy. Kidney funct...  Read Full »

Please suggest a solution to take Lithium for bipolar disorder during fasting.

Query: Hello doctor, I am on fasting for the auspicious month (dry fast), but I also have to take Lithium for my bipolar disorder. I have seen that higher Lithium concentration can cause serious damage to the kidney due to dehydration and also to the metabolism. During fasting and with keto diet the body...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. See, Lithium can be harmful if hydration is not well maintained. In such cases, we recommend to increase the amount of fluid. That is to consume a good quantity of fluid in the morning before your fast starts and to drink fluids once you open your fast in the evening, a...  Read Full »

Can fasting cause atrial fibrillation?

Query: Hello doctor, I have read several studies on the effect of autophagy on aterial fibrilation. I cannot understand most of the conclusions and need some help with this. I basically follow a regime where I eat every other day and fast at least 24 to 30 hours at a time. As I believe, autophagy is acti...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, there is no good evidence for or against this rigorous fasting. Studies atleast have shown no significant increase in atrial fibrillation with such fasting. Practically, we do not have good evidence for it. Now if we consider theoretically, then yes fasting ...  Read Full »

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