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Eating a small amount on fast days rather than cutting out all food may reduce your risk of side effects and help keep hunger at bay.
If you want to try fasting, restricting your calories so that you still eat small amounts on your fast days may be a safer option than doing a full-blown fast.
Mild dehydration can result in fatigue, dry mouth, thirst and headaches — so it’s vital to drink enough fluid on a fast.
During a fast, many people aim to drink 8.5–13 cups (2–3 liters) of water over the course of the day. However, your thirst should tell you when you need to drink more, so listen to your body.
You may feel a little tired or irritable during your fast, but if you start to feel unwell, you should stop fasting immediately.
Some signs that you should stop your fast and seek medical help include tiredness or weakness that prevents you from carrying out daily tasks, as well as unexpected feelings of sickness and discomfort.
The following shouldn’t attempt to fast without consulting a doctor:
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