Can Fasting Help You to Lose Weight?

The first prerequisite to fasting is ones ability to overcome hunger, and if this one thing is within your reach you surely can loose a few pounds through fasting. But before you actually begin fasting, there are a few facts that you need to get acquainted with. Also for fasting to help you with weight loss you need to plan out a fasting schedule.

Fasting to lose weight

Initially you may see some significant weight loss, and in some cases this loss can be as much as a pound for each day of fasting. But after a few days of fasting the weight lost for each day of fasting will come down and you may lose no more than half a pound a day.

These numbers can be tempting for any overweight person, and you may want to go in for a 10 to 15 day fasting session to lose those unwanted pounds immediately. However, this is neither a practical nor a healthy idea. You need to spare out some time and set up a proper plan, or else you may end up in the hospital.

Plan your fasting schedule

It’s never advisable to fast for more than 24 hours at a stretch, as this can lead to several deficiencies and general body weakness. If you try to constraint yourself too much and extend your fasting session to more than 24 hours, its very likely that you may land up in a health care centre with some medical problem.

Ideally one should not fast for more than 2 days in a week, and that’s quite sufficient – losing two pounds of fat a week is reasonably good. When deciding on which days you will be fasting for weight loss, remember to keep them well spaced over the week, that means at least a two day gap between two subsequent fasts.

Consider your weekly activities while choosing your fasting days and pick up those days of the week on which you won’t be involved with too many activities, especially outdoor activities.

Take fluids

Fasting means going without food, but certainly not without water. Having enough fluids all through the day is important to prevent dehydration. Have a glass of water and a glass of fresh fruit juice, every two hours. The more fluids you intake the better will be your weight loss results. Also having enough water will ensure that your body is able to expel out the toxin deposits in from the tissues.

Sidharth Thakur