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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,926
3/9/13 10:44 A

I googled and a human can really only live three to five days without water. It is so important in the functioning of our bodies

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3/9/13 10:32 A

LOL! I'm glad I could help! ;)

Ketones are produced when your body starts burning fat for energy instead of glucose. High ketones are related to diabetes and ketoacidosis... something very uncool you want nothing to do with. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/9/2013 (10:32)
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3/9/13 10:28 A

Oh wow! As soon as soon as I responded I saw that more people had posted! Thanks for the advice and info :)

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3/9/13 10:26 A

Thanks dragonchilde! I was so excited that it was you that responded. I always feel I can trust your answers!

So I read that article. And one more question. What are ketones? it was talking about the breaking down of the muscle and then producing ketones..? anybody know?

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,172
3/9/13 10:25 A

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.

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/9/2013 (10:26)
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,926
3/9/13 10:23 A

I only believe in fasting for spiritual reasons and before a medical test.

On the days that I fast I can guarantee that it will stall my weight loss for that week.

It is a really bad idea to deprive youself of water ever. Even for a day. That is a fantastic way to get yourself admitted to the hospital. Or worst case scenario, the morgue.

No water and exercise is really really bad idea.

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3/9/13 10:16 A

Fasting is generally done for religious or spiritual purposes. There's really no benefits to it from a weight loss/fitness perspective.

Here's the expert answer for fasting:

Will fasting jumpstart my weight loss efforts and boost my health?

"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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3/9/13 9:59 A

I'd love to know what other members think about 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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