water fastin, now dry fast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 02, 2013 at 2:13 PM

So Three months ago I did a water fast. I did it for the cleanse but also too loose weight. Before I was 58 kg and i'm 163 cm tall. Before the fast I could eat basically whatever I wanted and how much I wanted without gaining anything. I did the water fast for 9 Days and lost a total of 7 kg which brought me to a weight of 53 kg. Instead of refeeding properly I instantly Went to my old eating habits which included loads of ice Cream, candy, and lots of food. This has over the period of 3 months resulted in a weight gain and I have never Before been heavier than at this moment. My weight now is 65 kg which I feel very uncomfortable with. I decided to do something about it and therefore decided to go back to the water fast but the weight wont come off. On the first fast I lost 4 kg on 4 Days and that's nowhere near where I've gotten so far. I Believe that my metabolism has slowed down a bit. Now im thinking about going over on a dry fast. No food and no water for about 5-7 Days to kickstart the weightloss and loose those extra kgs. Do you Think that the dry fast will make the kgs come off faster than if I would go on the water fast? Considering the second water fast wasn't that successful.. Any advices? I will of course refeed slowly this time

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on September 02, 2013
at 02:30 PM

How about this brilliant idea....Don't do either fast, and just eat real wholesome foods, in moderation, and get some exercise. Fasting like you are proposing will cause you to lose water weight, and will tell your body to store fat as soon as you ingest some calories. You are doing more damage to your metabolism than it is worth.


on September 02, 2013
at 02:43 PM

A dry fast could kill you. Water is distinctly more urgent than food; both fat metabolism and protein salvaging needs water. This applies even if you mean a fast in the conventional dawn-to-dusk religious manner.

Even safe fasting (less than 72 hours; lots of water, salt and micronutrients) only really works for weight loss if you are already adapted for fat-burning; which follows the usual carbohydrate restriction model for most people with a origin of a standard western diet.

In practice weight loss that says off requires retraining of your metabolism away from insulin resistance. A severe calorific deficit can impede this process.

I'm sorry, but I must ask - considering such brutal fasting attempts - have you been ever diagnosed with an anorexic eating disorder?



on September 02, 2013
at 04:01 PM

No food and water for a week, are you insane? Please DO NOT do that, that is seriously damaging to your health, not to mention potentially fatal.

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