I’m not sure I’d be successful at any type of fasting personally. BUT, in case you’re wondering if water fasting weight loss works you can gain some insight here. The first thing to know is that like most things, there are both pros and cons to losing weight by the method of water fasting.
First con that comes to mind: I’d feel starved!
Water fasting also goes by the name of detoxification and hence loosing weight by water fasting is a very effective method to detoxify your body. The process of water fasting involves drinking a lot of water while not eating any regular food for several consecutive days. While this is a “hard core” version of water fasting; it is not recommended for somebody who hasn’t fasted before. If you are fasting for the first time with water, you can make it a bit more doable by drinking a bit of juice at times as well.
Because of the fact that you are only drinking fluids during detoxification, the focus of your body will shift away from digesting food and moves towards the elimination of accumulated waste inside your body. So in a sense, detoxification is an excellent method to overhaul and fine tune your system.
In addition to general internal cleansing of body, water fasting can also aid in loosing body weight. The major source of energy in our body is glucose which is what we get from every single food item that we eat. Glucose is a form of sugar and it is converted into glycogen after the digestion of food. This glycogen is then stored in our body as fat. During water fasting, this fat starts burning since the body is not getting any additional fat from outside. Essentially, within the first few days of water fasting, our body will start burning the internal fat reserves which are responsible for additional weight. Although this method of weight loss by water fasting has been in practice for some time, recent studies have revealed that there are certain limitations to this method.
The initial detoxification and internal cleansing of the body are very important and must be done at least once every year so as to “tune up” your system. But if done for more than four days, the metabolic rate of your body begins to slow down. This is because your body will then start behaving in its natural tendency to store fat. In other words, your body will slip into “survival mode” and will burn less or no fat. Moreover, once you return back to your normal diet, your body will start gaining all the lost fat as a natural reaction to “replenish” all the fat starved cells in this “survival mode”. It is conceivable that you may actually gain weight once done with water fasting.
However, this does not mean that water fasting weight loss doesn’t work. The key is to not overdo things. Fast as long as you can without punishing your body. Remember, excess of anything is bad and water fasting weight loss is no exception to this. Our bodies are approximately 85 percent water and so it’s a very vital element for our survival. If done correctly, water fasting will take your energy to new levels and you will feel vitalized and refreshed throughout the day.
For more on fasting, see “A Woman’s Guide to Fasting”.
Interesting post :)Bookmarked it! I would like to see more information about this topic
Led Spots says
weight loss can be easily achieved through heavy workouts and lots of cardio ,’~
Layla from Fasting Retreats says
I say yes.. A supervised water fast can help you lose weight by 10lbs each week. Aside from the benefits of shedding fat, water fast also helps get rid of body toxins, stored fat and increases you body’s overall physical performance.
I think you perfectly explained how amazing water fast can be. Thanks for sharing!
just wondering ….
how long can you do this for without it starting to become dangerous??
how much weight will you lose if you do it for that amount of time????
I liked the information, but if you’re going to write about fitness and weight loss, I recommend you learn how to spell “losing”.
Melinda F says
Actually it was misspelled on purpose because it’s a common misspelling, but I have decided to correct it. Thanks for pointing that out considering the post is almost 3 years old. I blog differently now than I did then. :)
I loved your blog it was to the point and not like all the others that just want to tell you the health risks. I am planning on starting a water fast tomorrow, and would like to know what other liquids i could drink that would not over do it. I want to lose some weight and i know that It can only be done for a few days at a time, but what is the limit? And what should i eat after coming off the fast?
Great post. I love to detox so right now im embarking in a 10 day water fast. Will be blogging on my progress daily so tune in and follow at http://ycleansejourney.wordpress.com/
Comments are most welcome.
detoxification or water fasting is new concept to weight lose. Before doing it need consult to specialist