I think you'll find that this topic has been discussed on the message boards numerous times before.
And this is JMO-- but I think the "amazing" feeling some people describe as having had during a fast from food and water, has more to do with your brain not functioning correctly under the deprivation from hydration and nutrition, rather than any possible "benefit" from that behavior.
"As a result, you might lose weight, but it is due to water loss, dehydration, and muscle tissue wasting, and is usually accompanied with symptoms such as fatigue and dizziness. "
There's no evidence that it helps, and a great deal of evidence that it can hurt. I have no problem with a fast for religious purposes (and have done them myself, but did not track weight and it wasn't about health at the time), but it's not a wise tool to try and use to "get healthy", because by definition it has the opposite effect.
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I'd love to know what other members think about fasting.....how often, how long, benefits. I know there are a lot of reasons people fast including health, beliefs, spirituality etc. I used to fast once a week for 24 hours no food, no water. This was like 10 years ago. I remember feeling absolutely amazing during this time. I did exercise regularly, even on the day I fasted, and who knows, maybe I felt so good just because I was younger, I dunno, but it seemed there was a correlation...
Anyway, I haven't fasted in awhile, maybe out of laziness or from being so BUSY that it is hard to think of being able to go without food for awhile but I just wanted to ask if anybody else uses a regular schedule, and if anyone has any other guidelines they follow. I do know that if you fast too much your body will go into starvation mode and it will negatively impact your health. So I was just .wondering if anyone else had any advice/opinions on fasting in a healthy way for a healthy adult.
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