Chaturmas Niyams BAPS

Chaturmas

Tomorrow is Ashadh sudi 11, according to the Hindu Calendar, and it represents the start of Chaturmas, the holiest four months in the Hindu Calendar. Starting tomorrow, and ending in late November, many Hindu’s will be fasting for the entire four months. For those unable to fast the entire four months, will fast for one month of the four months known as Shravan mas.

Types of Fasts

Amount of * will represent difficulty

*Ektana – Eat one meal a day, there are variations to this, but the perfect Ektana or Paka-Ektana allows for only one meal a day.

***Dharna-Parna – On the first day, observe a complete nirjala, waterless, or sarjala, water-fast, on the next day eat only meal, repeat this cycle every two days of Chaturmas.

***Chandrayan – Based off of the lunar calendar, you basically eat one handful/spoonful on the first day, then two on the second day, and so on until the 15th day when you have 15 handfuls/spoonfuls, and starting on the 16th day you descend to 14, and so on until on the 30th day you have one handful/spoonful again.

**Jala – Allows for any liquids, be it smoothies or shakes, you can drink anything within the restrictions of allowed ingredients.

****SarJala – Water Fasting

*******NirJala – Dry Fasting

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Will I lose muscle intermittent fasting?

The answer is no!

So a study conducted by the JCI or Journal of Clinical Investigation in 1988 concluded that somatotropin, also known as Human Growth Hormone or HGH, secretion increases while fasting.

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Human Growth Hormone 

Produced in the pituitary gland, playing a vital role in cellular regeneration and preservation. HGH plays a vital role in the preservation and growth of muscular tissue. How does that affect you? well, fasting boosts HGH secretion, which preserves more muscle tissue, while promoting muscle growth.

Additional Benefits

  1. Weight Loss Support
  2. Bone Support
  3. Heart Support

Ways to increase Human Growth Hormone

  1. Intermittent Fasting
  2. High-Intensity Interval Training
  3. Vitamin C
  4. L-glutamine

 

 

 

How I lost 70lbs over 3 months?

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Before:

I was gaining weight quickly, resolutions started and ending with no positive effect. I loved playing video games, sitting, eating, and sleeping. Everyone told me to do something, but no one ever understood how hard it was to lose weight. One time I lost 30 pounds and kept it off for about 3 months, before gaining it back with an extra 20 pounds on top. After hearing about Intermittent Fasting, I did lots of research, read studies, and looked at the results of other people. I decided to start.

The Start:

I finally decided to start on a Monday, as it symbolized a new week! I started off with 16:8 intermittent fasting, it was pretty difficult in the beginning; but as days went by it became easier. Every day, I was losing about 1/2 pound to 1 pound, after some weeks past, I decided to try out the warrior diet, or 20:4 intermittent fasting, check out my quick start guide for more info, with this the results skyrocketed. I was losing at least a pound every day if not more, at the very start I was losing about 2 to 3 pounds per day for about 4 days. I did this for about 45 days, and you may be wondering how that would equate to only 70lbs, well I had my cheat days. Some Saturdays I would break the fast, but on those days I went to the gym twice. I stopped after that time period.

The Aftermath:

After losing 70lbs I decided to take a break while maintaining a rather unrestricted diet. I did not gain much weight during this time, of about 5 weeks. Currently, I am about to embark on a journey of doing 24:1, my goal is to do it for 4 months, during the period of Chaturmas for religious purposes. But I thought it should be mentioned here.

*If you have any questions please comment them down below!*

Intermittent Fasting Quick Start

Intermittent meaning something that occurs at irregular intervals, Fasting meaning a state of abstaining from all or some types of foods and drinks.

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Intermittent Fasting is when you basically eat food within a certain time interval and abstain from it for the alternating interval.

 

Intermittent Fasting Types

16:8 or ‘8-hour diet’ is the most common type of fast for beginners, I started with this and I highly recommend everyone to start with this type of fasting. You basically eat within an 8-hour window, for example, you start eating on Monday at 1pm and stop at 9pm, your fast continues while you sleep and until Tuesday at 1pm,

20:4 or ‘warrior diet’ is another common type of fast, but it is harder than the 16:8 intermittent fast. I recommend this fast for anyone who begins to find 16:8 very easy, and wants to take on a challenge for more results. My personal favorite.

24:1 or ‘one meal a day – OMAD’ is extremely simple, you eat one meal a day. I don’t like calling it OMAD, because the actual ‘OMAD diet’ allows for small snacks throughout the day, so I prefer calling it 24-hour fasting, as people tend to understand it better. Just eat one meal at your preferred time and try to abstain from food until that time the next day. I did this for four months, and I have to say it was a journey, the first few weeks were difficult, but the results were immense.

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5:2 is when you eat regularly for 5 days in the week, and on two days you fast completely or consume only 500 calories of food. I would highly recommend you go without food since it will allow for a better ketosis, meaning more fat loss.

Alternate Daily is when you fast for 24 hours on one day, and then go back to normal eating the next, you basically fast for 3 to 4 days in one week which alternates every week and feast the other days. For example, you eat dinner on Monday, skip breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and eat at dinner time. Wednesday, you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, skipping breakfast and lunch on Thursday and eating at dinner time…

Possible Intermittent Fasting Benefits

  1. Weight Loss
  2. Muscle GainImage result for muscle cartoon
  3. Longer Life
  4. Higher Productivity
  5. Diabetic Support
  6. Better Heart Health
  7. Better Sleep
  8. Prevention of Cancer Cell Growth

*There is a menu page called Quick Start!

How to Lose Weight, Build Muscle, and Look Better?

Intermittent Fasting is your solution.

One thing you need to understand is that it will be hard in the beginning, but if you stick with it the results will come quick. I have lost over 70lbs intermittent fasting, and no it was not easy at first, but it became easier over time. Whether you try 16:8, 20:4, 5:2, 24:1 or any other method, it will take time for your body to adapt to the situation, you will have to go to bed hungry on some days. But after those painful days, your productivity will increase ten-fold, you will have more energy, you will begin to lose weight or gain muscle depending on your goals. If you try to lose weight, it will happen at a different frequency over time and will begin to plateau, I say this from experience. Overall, thank you for reading this, if you have and if you can please share this blog with anyone looking to live a healthier, more productive, and longer life.

This is just my first blog post, but I will be making separate posts for each goal you may have, and I will answer any questions you leave in the comments.