There are numerous reasons to fast, but in the end the main focus is always on maintaining or promoting physical and mental well-being.
For many, obesity is the main reason to start thinking about fasting, but that's just one of many reasons. The following is an excerpt from a long list of reasons for fasting that have been given to me by participants from various fasting groups over the past few years - some of them are real 'repeat offenders':

• The need for a real 'house cleaning' for one's own body, a cleaning from the inside - liberation of toxins and pollutants as well as 'waste products' (this means the deposits of metabolic end products in the connective tissue)
• Fasting as a way of throwing off ballast - both in the form of possibly superfluous pounds and of an emotional nature
• Fasting as time for yourself, as a break from the often hectic everyday life
• Fasting as an introduction to a change in diet - either with the aim of weight loss or with the aim of a healthier, wholesome diet
• Fasting as an opportunity to do something for your health in order to counter some civilization diseases such as diabetes, allergies, high blood pressure, rheumatism, gout, constipation, bloated stomach, etc.
• Fasting to strengthen the body's defenses and thus reduce the risk of infection
• Fasting for firmer connective tissue and a more beautiful complexion
• Fasting as a time without unnecessary distraction, in which thoughts and feelings can be rearranged in peace (after a week of fasting, many people have finally found the strength and security they need to go new ways and make decisions it professional or private)
• ...

Even if there is no conventional medical explanation for many perceived fasting effects, I am very pleased when a participant suffering from migraines reports that she has not had any notable migraine attacks since the first week of fasting ... or when I hear that a participant is in the Menopause reported an alleviation of their symptoms, as well as a younger participant experienced less pre-menstrual discomfort since she fasted regularly.And again and again I get the confirmation that a week of fasting vacation has as much recreational value as three weeks of normal vacation!

What does fasting mean?

Many people are of the opinion that fasting is more of a recent phenomenon, which has found more and more followers, especially in Germany in recent years. It was already the famous Greek doctor Hippocrates who recommended almost two and a half thousand years ago: 

"If you want to stay strong, healthy and young, be moderate, exercise your body, breathe pure air and cure your pain with fasting rather than medication."

Lent has always been practiced in many cultures and religions. The military doctor at the beginning of the 20th century, Dr. Otto Buchinger founded, after his own extremely positive fasting experience, the "Buchinger therapeutic fasting", a fasting method for the relief and healing of diseases under medical supervision in a fasting clinic.

The preventive benefits of fasting were soon recognized. Fasting as a way to prevent certain illnesses or to reduce the risk of illness.
Dr. Lützner therefore developed fasting for healthy people based on the Buchinger method, a fasting method to promote health on one's own responsibility.

There are also numerous other fasting methods such as the F.X. Mayr fasting, fruit fasting, acidosis fasting, alkaline fasting, whey fasting, and a few more. All of these methods may have different approaches, but the meaning for the individual fasting person remains quite comparable.