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Diet for weight loss during the Orthodox Lent

I write this because many people think the post just diet.This is completely wrong.An abstinence from food of animal origin, we will not achieve anything.People who are just dieting for weight loss during the Orthodox Lent, often surprised counterproductive.Indeed, they are gaining in weight, without compromising on any noble figure, nor on health.This is due to the fact that, excluding from the diet meat, eggs, milk, they increased the amount of lean start using products (bread, cereal, etc.).

shocking and the fact that people are looking for a post in the supermarkets "meatless" meat substitute products (lean sausage, etc.).On the dangers of the use of such products even in a post and say nothing.Others do not try to quit bad habits, which, incidentally, stimulate intemperance, do not try to abstain from sexual relations.Some do not deny yourself the pleasure of visiting the entertainment, rather than devote time pilgrimages and banquets (weddings and birthdays), while the wedding is not celebrated in
the post (Orthodox during multi-day positions are not married).Diet for weight loss during the Orthodox Lent will not give any results without the intense spiritual work without frequent visits to the parish temple, without confession of sins and without taking Holy Communion.

For starters will investigate how many meatless days in the Orthodox calendar.Orthodox Church has four multi-day fasting during the year, alternating with meat eaters.This Lent lasting seven weeks, or rather of weeks beginning on Forgiveness Sunday and ending on Easter of Christ the Light.Lent was established in memory of Evangelical events - Christ himself fasted for forty days in the wilderness (Forty - six whole weeks) plus the Holy Week.Petrov post in honor of the Holy Apostles, begins on the day of the Holy Trinity (after fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ), and ending with the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, is celebrated on 12 July.Dormition Fast lasts for two weeks from 14 to 27 August before the feast of the Assumption (death), the Mother of God.Finally, Advent, beginning on November 28 continued forty days before the feast of the Nativity.In addition to multi-day

posts Orthodox observe day on set days, year-round meatless Wednesdays and Fridays in memory of the betrayal of Judas (Wednesday) and the crucifixion of Christ (Friday) (there are exceptions - for example, there are no posts in the Bright Week), Eucharistic posts.

austerity different positions.The most severe - Lent zagovlenie him begins three weeks before the start, gradually eliminated from the diet of animal products and wine.The most severe is the first week of Lent and Holy Week before Easter of Christ.In the first three days of monastic charters prescribed complete abstinence from food and water except for the use of holy bread and holy water in the morning on an empty stomach.Next fasting as a general rule: on Monday, Wednesday and Friday xerophagy (vegetables, fruit, bread), on Tuesday and Thursday - hot food without oil, on Saturday and Sunday - hot food with oil.On Lazarus Saturday that before Palm Sunday (Palm Sunday before the week before Easter) to commemorate the resurrection of Christ, his friend Lazarus allowed relief post - allowed to eat fish and drink wine.Compliance with this post on the monastic charter, without abusing the permitted products guarantee you weight loss without unpleasant consequences.

austerity is close to the Great Dormition Fast, but positions Petrov and Christmas a little weaker.Xerophagy established only for Wednesdays and Fridays.On Monday, used hot food without oil.Tuesday and Thursday at Petrov post allowed the fish to Christmas (also known as post Filippov) - you can eat fish on Tuesday and Thursday only in the first week, and then on those days assigned use of hot food with oil.On Saturdays and Sundays, the fish is allowed except for the last week before Christmas.During the Orthodox fasting reduced, and the number of meals.By monastic charters all the days of weeks, put a full lunch on Saturday, Sunday and holidays - lunch and dinner.

All of the above does not mean that you'll be home and fasting under such statutes.Firstly, easing post is recommended for pregnant and lactating women, for people who are engaged in heavy physical work and for the sick.Second, the severity of fasting negotiated with a priest or spiritual father, he decides that it is possible and what is not.It may, for example, to bless on the use of oil in Lent, which is a significant indulgence.

I have already noted, and again, that the Orthodox position on the value - this is not a diet for weight loss, but by adhering to the post, the desired result you will get.A careful selection of food and abstinence from it helps a person to subdue our passions, conquer your flesh and give free rein to the mind.Fasting without prayer, without studying the scriptures, without spiritual activity - he is nothing.V need to spend more time in the temple (so every Sunday required), confession, communion, get rid of bad habits, to become kinder.It is desirable to hold the post in any monastery as a pilgrim, to work for the glory of God.

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