Water fasting for weight loss -
The body is very efficient at storing energy and handling situations when no food is available. It is only in modern times that we - and this doesn't mean every person in the world - have food available at any time of day.
It is of course always nice to know that food is available... we want to fast for other reasons than shortage of food.
Still, it is important to understand that the body is prepared for it and we will not suffer starvation if we fast.
For many centuries, fasting was probably a normal occurrence for most people, and the body adapted to it.
The body has a special mechanism that is initiated when no food is eaten.
Fasting is not starvation, but rather the body's burning of stored energy. Starvation occurs when the body no longer has any stored energy and begins using essential tissues such as organs for an energy source. Therapeutic fasts are stopped long before this happens.
Most people - especially when overweight - have plenty of stored energy to spare.
Stored Energy Process during Fasting
Many physiological changes occur in the body during fasting.
During the first day or so, the body uses its glycogen reserves, the sugars that are the basic energy supply.
After these are depleted, the body begins using fat. However, the brain, which has high fuel requirements, still needs glucose (sugars converted from glycogen). To obtain glucose for the brain, the body begins to break down muscle tissue during the second day of the fast. Thus, during fasting some muscle loss will occur.
To fuel the brain, the body would need to burn over a pound of muscle a day, but the body has developed another way to create energy that saves important muscle mass.
This protein-sparing process is called ketosis, which occurs during the second to third day of a fast.
In this highly efficient state, the liver begins converting stored fat and other nonessential tissues into ketones, which can be used by the brain, muscles, and heart as energy.
It is at this point in the fast that sensations of hunger generally go away, and many people experience normal or even increased energy levels. Hormone levels and certain functions become more stable in this state as well. The goal of most fasts is to allow the body to reach the ketosis state in order to burn excess fat and unneeded or damaged tissue. Thus, fasts longer than three days are generally recommended as therapy. water fasting for weight loss
Weight loss occurs most rapidly during the first few days of a fast, up to 2 pounds per day. In following days, the figure drops to around 0.5 pound per day. An average weight loss of a pound a day for an entire fast can be expected.
Ketosis is what we're going for for successful weight loss...
Ketosis is also the time where Detox occurs... and the body cleans out the stored fat (energy reservoir) where also the toxins are stored. Often we go through tough times with flu like symptoms... moodiness or depression.
If you have prepared for a prolonged fast you can use water fasting not only for detox but also for weight loss.
It is important to make Diet Changes for Healthy living.
Fasters who lose weight without making any habit/diet changes... will gradually regain all the weight that was used up during their fast. water fasting for weight loss
If weight loss is your main goal... take the time to change your food habits... FIRST!
Here is how I would go about it:
New habits versus Old Habits - start with:
Follow these steps, keep the new habits and leave the old ones behind...
This will ensure success...