How to explain fasting to people around you
People who do regular or intermittent water fasting sometimes are confronted by their friends who challenge them with questions that water fasting is bad for their health and they shouldn't do it. How can one reply to those challenges.
"The great majority tells me water fasting is very bad to do and that I am crazy because I jeopardize my health, specially since I do not have any extra weight to loose. Whilst I couldn't care less if people think I am weird, in some cases - with unhealthy friends/family members I care about - I wish they would get it and try water fasting so that it would hopefully improve their overall health. But to no avail," writes Serge in Water Fasting Support Group on Facebook.
Those people who do fasting for religious purpose as a way of denying yourself, humbling it and getting closer to God, try not to show it in the public. They try in all circumstances to follow the words of Jesus, who said "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you" (Matthew 6:16-18).
This is the right way of fasting. But if you are doing it only to lose weight or to do a detox to your body through water fasting, here is how some members in the Water Fasting Support Group suggest on how to respond to people who want explanation about fasting.
Conceding that it's hard to explain fasting to people who have never fasted, a group member, named Jody, writes that she tries to explain some of the basic health stuff to those who are asking about fasting. "They like my weight loss, but just think I am doing something that will harm me. I tell them to just look it up and research it a little. Some of my close family members are interested, but have excuses why they can't right water fast now."
Try to explain people the health facts and tell them to google the health facts of fasting online. In fact, here is a story on how a 3 day water fasting results in a weight loss and regeneration of immune system. You can also show them this story, where it refers to a study, according to which fasting reverses Type 2 Diabetes and regenerates the pancreas.
"People want to eat because it feels good. Their consciousness is so sedated by food that they don't care if it's killing them. Even if their lives are short they want to indulge and enjoy it to the fullest. Gluttony is the second deadly sin. Temperance is the second virtue. Fasting and moderation in diet is very important in life and if someone wants to reach heaven. They will remain in hell until they realize this. There is only so much you can do. Ultimately it's their choice," writes another group member named David.
In conclusion, I would either avoid talking to people about fasting, or would stress the health and spiritual benefits of water fasting.