Water Fasting Lose Weight

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24-Hour Water Fasting for Weight Loss & Detoxification

Author: Robert Dave Johnston

Many persons I talk to want to fast, but believe that unless they do so for three, seven or more days - then it is pointless to do it at all. Well, I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.

Water Fasting for even ONE day can help you start receiving the benefits of this life-saving practice - as well as give you tangible experience as to how your body reacts while you abstain from solid food. Water fasting can do wonders for your digestive system.

To be sure, the digestive system is very grateful when it is given an opportunity to repose from the often never-ending process of digestion. When given this break, the body is able to shift its focus to healing other organs and areas that may be ill - not to mention the massive intestinal cleansing that fasting facilitates.

One-day water fasting done in a methodical and regular manner provides the kind of rest that can dramatically help your digestive system and overall health. One-day fasting can help you lose weight in a sustainable way. This method is safe because you do not have to embark in any grueling exercise regimes, or take any type of medication to receive the weight loss and detoxification benefits.

Water fasting for a full 24-hour cycle once a week or once every two weeks is definitely the way to go if you are new to this practice. Try it out once and the success will increase your self confidence and often lead you to venture out to longer periods of fasting.

Such was the case with me.

Proper Fasting

Here is a method of doing one day water fasts: *Decide on a particular day for that 24-hour cycle do not eat any solid food.*When hunger strikes, drink a large glass of water. *You can start, say, by eating your last meal at 8PM and then going to bed, fasting the entire following day, and breaking the fast at 8PM that evening. Successful fasting has three stages: preparation, the actual fast, and breaking the fast. Each one of these stages is important.

Preparing to Fast

It is very important that you prepare yourself both mentally and physically before a fast or you will find it difficult to go one day without food. The mental preparation is simple, but very important. Do this: *The night before the fast make a firm resolution that you will not eat no matter how much hunger strikes. *Taking a firm stand helps you stick to your decision. *Firm determination will give you strength when you are tempted to give up.

Physical preparation is also very important. The day before you fast, prepare your body by eating a normal amount of food. * Do not by any means overeat thinking that you are storing food for the fast. This will cause very uncomfortable cramps and the hunger pains will more than likely be stronger than they would otherwise.

The Fasting Day

During the fasting period, it is best to limit yourself to light physical tasks and to concentrate as much as possible on introspection and spirituality. Use this fasting period constructively. Meditate on scriptures, pray or read inspirational books - spend some time taking stock of where you are in life, and what are some of the areas that you would like to improve.

These can be spiritual, mental, physical, social and even financial. It is often helpful to write a list of issues you would like to resolve and then use the time of fasting praying and meditating to receive inspiration and guidance. *If you are unable to take this "time out" because of an active work or family schedule, then go about your business but maintain an "internal" attitude of prayer, meditation and contemplation.

The way I accomplish this is by not allowing time to consume my thoughts but, rather, I make it a point to go from moment to moment - focusing only on what I am doing one second, one minute at a time. You will be surprise just how often we go about our day-to-day

activities thinking only of the future or obsessing over the past. This negates the present moment and can keep us in a state of confusion, stress and restlessness.

Breaking the Fast

Benefits of fasting can be truly enjoyed only if you break the fast in the right manner. Do not do like I did at first and break a period of fasting with a full-course meal. You can get stomach cramps and, in some cases, become seriously ill. On the morning or evening following the fast, break it by either drinking water with lime or grape juice diluted with water.

Drinking lemon juice with a pinch of salt helps flush out toxins from your digestive system. Wait approximately four hours and then have some soup or light salad with lime. Please - NO heavy dressings at this point! Four hours after that you can have a light meal of poultry, salad and maybe steamed vegetables or brown rice.

The next day you can resume your regular eating habits. Of course, the period of fasting hopefully will give you time to meditate on how you have been eating. It is important to realize that fasting only to return to destructive eating will limit the benefits. After you break the fast, make a resolution that you will start to move away from destructive eating.

This is not done in a day, and you may stumble much - but no matter what, keep going and never give up! Periodic fasting such as the one described here is definitely one of the elements of a balanced and sustainable weight loss program.

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About the Author

Robert Dave Johnston is editor and webmaster of Fitness Through Fasting.com - where you will find a growing number of fasting-related articles and topics to assist you achieve your weight loss, detoxification and health-improvement goals through juice and water fasting.

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10 Responses to Water Fasting Lose Weight

  1. Angie says:

    How much weight are you expected to lose by water fasting?
    I’m planning on going on a 90 day water fast mostly to lose weight but also to build character and respect my religion. i now weigh about 130 pounds, i want to weigh 110. How much weight am i expected to lose by water fasting?

    • WhizKid says:

      You can lose those 20 pounds in about 10 days of fasting. Beyonce lost 20 pounds in 10 days with lemonade diet/fast. See site below with quotes by 18 MDs about fasting. 90 days is too long. Jesus fasted for 40 days. An MD never fasts anyone for more than 50 days. Juice fasts can be done for 120 days.

  2. red_s0cks_suck says:

    Has anyone tried water fasting to lose weight fast?
    I’m getting married in 2 weeks and I’m planning on going on a water fast to lose between 10 and 20lbs in 10 days. It is healthy and will cleanse my body and will make me feel more beautiful on my wedding day. I just wanted to know if anyone has tried this and what your results were. Thankyou in advance for all your answers!
    the hollywood diet is basically the same thing as juice fasting which is usually done for 30 days. Water fasting is only recommended for 10 days. And it cleanses your body of all toxins. death by water fasting is very rare but thankyou for your concern.

    • moremoremore says:

      Hey I just went off a water fast. Honestly, it was very draining – mentally and physically. I only lasted about 5 days. My body did feel clean however. I was tired all of the time and I couldn’t concentrate on school work. I would recommend you not go on the water fast just because you should be happy and alive on your wedding…not grumpy and tried, like you will be if you fasted. BUT if you’re dead set on doing it, it would be a lot easier if you didn’t do anything too mentally straining, stressful, because it’ll only add on to the stress you’ll feel from not eating. Maybe it would be easier for you to go on a liquid diet — not just water. Oh I lost about five pounds, mostly water weight. Whatever you decide to do, hope you get the results you want :]

  3. Briana Domke says:

    Water fasting…How much weight to lose?
    I’m not water fasting to lose weight but rather to detox and cleanse my body and I am only doing it for seven days. But if I weight 160 pounds how much weight do you think I would lose in a week?

    • Mel says:

      You could lose up to 10 pounds in a week from a water fast. It will come back on (with some more added) after you go back to eating.

      Do realise your body is perfectly capable of cleansing itself – if it wasn’t you would be dead or in hospital.

  4. Amelie says:

    How effective is water fasting in losing weight?
    I am around 5’6 and weigh 160 lbs. I would really like to lose weight fast- potentially fifteen or twenty pounds. I have heard water fasting is both good for losing weight, and is also beneficial to gastro-intestinal health.

    Is water fasting as effective as it is said to be?

    • Reiki Chick says:

      Some people fast one day a week as they believe it cleans out their system. However any more than that and you are basically starving yourself – so yes you would loose weight. However, the second you start eating again expect to gain it all back and then some. The reason is that when your body goes into “famine mode” you are telling it there isn’t enough food to be had, so it holds onto every calorie you consume.

      Also, all “loose weight quickly” schemes are guaranteed to have a rebound effect – where you loose the weight and then gain it all back with extra. There isn’t ANY that maintain that quick loss. If you don’t believe me, post some questions about weight loss and specific diets and see the responses you get.

      You are much better off to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies, lean protein and low in carbs. That is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. (exercise is also very important and not only keeps you healthy, but gives you a toned physic.)

      Sorry but there just aren’t any quick fixes that don’t cause more harm then good.

  5. Becki says:

    Trying to lose weight through water fasting?
    I have read online that it’s possible to be healthy by just drinking water everyday in place of meals. I am 4 foot 10, and about 96 pounds. Is this possible and how much should i try to lose?

    • Ashley230948 says:

      Fasting is the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to lose weight. First of all, ask a doctor if you even NEED to lose weight…as most people who think they need to don’t actually need to…but we get a lot of messages from society telling us we should be thinner. Judging from your stats…you definitely don’t need to lose weight in my opinion.

      However, if you are still unsure, how about seeing a dietician? They can help you lose weight in a healthy manner if you need to.

      Fasting will cause you to lose water weight and muscle mass, both of which is not good. Also, it will put your body in starvation mode, slowing your metabolism so that when you start eating again, your body will be desperate to absorb anything you feed it. Fasting also can lead to bingeing behavior, further thwarting your efforts.

      So I recommend seeing your doctor and/or a dietician to see if you first NEED to lose weight, and then how to go about it in a safer manner.

      Best of luck!