Can Fasting Help Me Lose Weight?


2004-11-10 23:00

One way to lose weight is to just stop eating. It sounds simple, but in reality you have to know what you are doing to get any long term weight loss benefits from fasting. Let's look at the weakness and strengths of fasting for weight loss.

Like most forms of dieting, fasting can be used to bring about dramatic but temporary reductions of weight. You can go on a long fast, taking nothing but juice or eating grapes or taking some other low calorie meal substitute for several weeks, and while you are on the fast you will certainly lose weight. However, during the fast you may not be able to carry on your normal social interactions. It's not so easy to sit around sipping carrot juice while the rest of your family is eating a normal meal.

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Another problem with long fasting is that your body requires vital nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein) and your favorite juice may not contain them. Long fasting without proper medical supervision can be dangerous.

Finally, a major problem with this kind of fasting is that once you stop fasting and resume eating your normal diet, you are likely to gain back all the weight that you have lost during your crash weight loss fast.

So, does fasting have any place in a weight loss plan? Yes it does. Periodic fasting is one of the secrets of a long and healthy life. Our body's digestive organs require a rest from time to time,just as we require days off from work. One-day fasting done in a methodical and regular manner provides the kind of rest that helps our digestive system, aids in the elimination of toxins from our body, and, yes, also helps us to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way.

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How to do proper fasting

Here is a method of doing one day fasts: taking no food and (if your body is strong) no water in a period from the sunrise of one day to the sunrise of the next day.

Successful fasting has three stages: preparation, the actual fast, and breaking the fast. Each one of these stages is important.

Preparation: If you are not prepared both mentally and physically you will find it difficult to go one day without food. The mental preparation is simple, but very important. The night before the fast you have to take a firm determination that tomorrow you are going to fast, that you are not going to eat any food. If you fix your mind in advance then you will not start deliberating during the fasting day whether you should continue or not to continue. If you are undecided or waffling you can always find a hundred reasons why you should start eating.

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You cant just stop eating !
maybe you cant but there are many of us that can, and have
Every time you sleep, you are fasting (which is why the first meal of the day is called "breakfast"). The dependence or desire for food surplus to dietry requirements is largely psychological: it is only when all fat reserves are exhausted that your body physically craves food (which indicates starvation). In the meantime, if you are overweight, your body will simply use up fat stores to expend calories while you are fasting. Indeed, that's precisely what the fat stores are for: in the event of famine, our ancestors could draw upon their internal energy potential as a food store in order to survive. Gaz.
Of course you can just stop eating. You can just stop gossiping or talking as well. Just close your mouth, breathe through your nose and don't open it again until 24 hours later. I fast on only water for 24 days at a stretch. Very helpful in lowering high blood pressure and in resetting food goals and metabolism. Also helpful with chronic autoimmune disorders and allergies. This is best done at a medical clinic.
Of course you can just stop eating. You can just stop gossiping or talking as well. Just close your mouth, breathe through your nose and don't open it again until 24 hours later. I fast on only water for 24 days at a stretch. Very helpful in lowering high blood pressure and in resetting food goals and metabolism. Also helpful with chronic autoimmune disorders and allergies. This is best done at a medical clinic.
Yes you can! I just had coffee for 3 months and vitamins to ensure my body had what it needed Lost 7 stone, 12 years on I'm here I'm healthy!
tried this and it works, lotst 45 pounds!
how long did you fast for?
How long did it take you to loose 45 lbs ?
How did you do it? Help please
This is kinda hard, but im doing it and i think it is working.
Ive done fasts before, my longest one was for a week, it sounds crazy but it really does help to make you feel more healthy once the toxins are gone and on top of that i lost 12lbs.
dont do this wake up at 4ish then eat and drink lots of water (a fair amount of food) then dont eat until 7ish and then dont pig out when you do (IMPORTANT) then repeat for a month and you can lose up until 100 pounds!!! ya i know great wut a waste of time doin this
Are you sure this worls because im willing to try it and would love for you to explain to me more about how to do it .
Hi, my mane is Jose and i'm doing the 10 days water fasting. today is my first day fasting i feel okey, i thought it will be hard for me but again is only the first day. i feel hungry but not to the point where i must eat. I see what the second day is going to be like.
I started two days ago and I have already lost 5 ponds. I cant wait until the week is over to see how much weight I have lost.
How much weight did you end up losing?
Today is my first day, i'm going to do thisa for a week to see how it works, wish me luck! Hey does anyone have any special tricks they do when they get hungry?
I wear a rubber band on my wrist when i feel the urge to eat i pop it .
I dont quite get this step, please help. "On the morning following the fasting day, take two glasses of lemon water. Put the juice of have of a lemon in one glass and add a bit of salt." Does it mean drink 2 glasses of lemon water then somethin about addin salt to a lemon? i dont really get this step, I'd appreciated if you could explain it clearly for me.
I just start siping on water the moment I start getting hungrey and it works a like charm.......
I'll try this I hope it works I'm desperate to loose weight. Usually when I don't eat I gain weight, but we'll see. I'm so excited!
Chew gum make ur brain thing you are eating worked for me lost 35 pounds in a week
I'm at the end of day three I haven't weighed myself yet im going to try to hang in there for a week ... I hope i get good results!
i have promised myself many times but never actually done it. but thanks to you guys,i'll be starting tomorrow. Wish me luck.
im gonna start fasting tomorrow. i hope this works.
Or you could just eat a well balanced diet and spend 2 hours on a bike or treadmill everyday. If you eat a well balanced diet, don't do drugs, and don't drink you will not have many toxins in your system. When you come back from fasting all carbs and fat will be stored as body fat immediately, because it will prepare your body for another starvation period, hence you gain your weight right back. Believe me I've done my fair share of fasting for wrestling frm the time I was 10 y/o til My senior year of college. Its VERY temporary!
please do more research on this topic...you may be talking about long periods of fasting but single day fasting does help. no matter what you eat healthy or not you are still eating it and hence your body still has to break it down. fasting gives your body a break
Fasted for 14 days in 2013. Lost 32 lbs. took me over 10 months to gain it back. All of us are different.
I AM REALLY INTERESTED IN LOSING SOME WEIGHT AND WILL DO ALMOST ANYTHING TO DO SO. I AM GOING TO TRY TO FAST I WILL BE HAPPY WITH ANY WEIGHT LOSS. I THINK IT WILL GIVE ME A BOOST TO LOSING MORE WEIGHT ONCE I SEE THE SCALE. WISH ME LUCK. I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.

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