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SUSANBEAMON Posts: 3,601
3/19/13 3:17 P

the only times i have fasted was for medical tests/procedures. that was hard enough. i can't see doing it to "refocus" on a healthy diet. i focus on a healthy diet every time i open the cupboards or refrigerator to plan a meal. healthy diet is a monthly, weekly, daily, hourly thing.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,718
3/19/13 2:56 P

I think fasting is good for spiritual reasons and medical tests.

When I do fast for either of the above reasons. I know that I will stall my weight loss. So personally I would not do it to lose weight.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,657
3/19/13 1:58 P

I would focus the attention on developing healthy meal plans using super foods:
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This is going to give the body what it really needs. Plus you will have these healthy meal plans to use over and over again. A fast does "none" of this.

SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becky

YOGINILMT Posts: 309
3/19/13 1:49 P

I fast a lot. Every saturday for religious reasons, then from time to time for health reasons.
Some fasts are long, some are short.

If you've never fasted before, don't go "a couple days". That will KILL YOU! (not literally of course).
Try a day, half a day, sun up to sun down, or something similar. Once your body gets accustomed to occasionally going without food for awhile, you can start doing longer fasts.

If you do have your heart set of a multiple day fast, ease into it. The shock of suddenly having no food will wreak havoc on your metabolism and hurt, rather than help, you mentally.
Go vegan for a day or two, then raw for a day or two, then (if you can make it that far! Some people can't! In which case DON'T FAST FOR MULTIPLE DAYS! It takes practice and you need to build up to it.) fast for two or three days.
AFTERWARDS DON'T JUMP BACK INTO REGULAR FOOD! Eat like you've been sick for a day (light foods, soup, etc) before going back to your regular diet.

Hope this helps!

edit: If you get sick, dizzy, faint, etc. stop fasting.

Edited by: YOGINILMT at: 3/19/2013 (13:50)
HEIDIJO150 Posts: 92
3/19/13 1:17 P

I do think eating unhealthy after is a strong possibility. My fiance' wants to fast and I'm trying to decided if I think its going to be a good thing or not. I guess for some people it might be what they need to get jumpstarted but I don't know for sure.

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3/19/13 1:02 P

I agree with the last poster. It would just make me want to totally binge after starving myself. It doesn't sound very healthy at all. You change your diet and eating habits by focusing on little changes and strategies for overcoming bad habits over time.

Not eating for a few days will not help you change a lifetime of bad habits overnight. There is no fast cure.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 3/19/2013 (13:03)
BOBOSENSEI Posts: 102
3/19/13 12:57 P

I think it might lead to more unhealthy and over eating.

The only time I have seen that this is not the case is a few examples of acquaintances that fasted for religious purposes.

HEIDIJO150 Posts: 92
3/19/13 12:23 P

When used as a way to refocus your eating habits.
Thinking about fasting for a few days. Water only. As a way to get out of a rut of unhealthy and over eating.
Any opinions? I know as a rule fasting is not recommended as a way to lose weight but what about as a way to refocus on your diet and start over with a clean slate?

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