Water fasting as the name suggests, is a type of fasting where you abstain from all food and only consume water. Water fasting has been around for centuries. This practice has been embraced by many for a variety of reasons including health purposes, religious reasons and for weight loss. If you are looking to lose weight by water fasting, here are some answers to the questions you might have.
What are fasting benefits?
Water fasting has many benefits. It has been a powerful, approach to help heal many common conditions including high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, uterine fibroids, allergies and psoriasis. Fasting will also gives the digestive tract time to rest and allows the body to get rid of the toxins and waste products that you have accumulated over the years.
How long should I fast for?
It depends on how much weight you want to lose, your health, your current weight and of course your dedication. The most common lengths for fasting are 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, 30 days and 60 days. If you have never fasted before, you should start with one of the shorter fasting period.
How much weight will I lose on a water fast?
Initially the weight loss might be as high as 4 or 5 pounds per day, but as you continue it will average off to about 1 or 2 pounds per day. But all this will again depend on your weight, as a 200 pound person will lose more than someone who weighs 130 pounds.
How much Weight will I put back on after my water fast?
After you have broken the fast you can expect to put on around 6 to 15 pounds back on. This is due to your body refilling your digestive tract and stocking up on fluids.
How Do I Break My Fast?
You should break your fast by drinking fresh juice, orange juice and tea for the first few days. You can also add fresh juicy fruit back into your diet, while normal food should be introduced slowly.
When choosing water fasting to lose weight you should consider your lifestyle and commitments, before embarking on a long fasting journey. Fasting of any length should be approached with caution and long fasting should be monitored by your doctor.