Are considering going on a fast to lose weight fast? Don’t do anything until you read this post!
1. What is Fasting for Weight Loss
First, let’s take a closer look at fasting. Fasting involves taking only liquid, either water or juices, for an extended period of time.
This allows your digestive system to rest so that the substantial energy needed for digestion can be used for regeneration of tissues and organs. The result is deep detoxification as your body begins to eliminate disease-causing elements such as fat cells, arterial cholesterol plaques, mucus, tumors, and stored-up worries and emotions.
2. The Juice Fast
In place of the traditional water fast, most holistic practitioners today recommend a juice fast. A juice fast is safer, less depleting and more energizing, and in addition to alkalizing the body, the juice can help flush out toxins while supplying enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
If you are just starting out, most people can safely do a 1-3 day green drink fast by juicing vegetables such as spinach, kale, celery, cucumbers, carrots, beets, parsley and dandelion greens. Ideally, you want to consume 2-4 quarts of green drink a day (appropriately called a “juice feast”), along with at least 8 glasses of pure water. As you become accustomed to fasting, you can extend your fast up to seven days or longer.
The good news is a fast can help you cleanse deeply. It can also jump start your healthy eating lifestyle by quickly eliminating cravings and by reducing the size of your appetite.
3. Why Fasting Will Not Work
Now the bad news – a fast can be extremely difficult. You’ll feel hungry and there is also the detox effect which will leave you feeling weak and with flu like symptoms.
Another thing about fasting is that it slows down your metabolism. That’s right, you start burning fewer calories because the body realizes it is receiving less food.
As a result of this effect, you will start losing less and less weight as your body goes into preservation mode. This can make all the pain and discomfort of a fast unworthy for many.
4. The 4 Week Diet
Another option that can be used instead of a fast is the new 4 Week Diet System that allows you to lose up to 32 pounds in just four weeks. The diet focuses on controlling 4 hormones that can individually control (and cripple) your rate of fat burn and escalate your fat storage.
By getting these hormones to work together you can rapidly boost your energy and skyrocket your fat burning metabolism. In fact, you can rapidly melt away 6 to 8 pounds of stubborn body fat in just 1 week and burn 6 to 8 more pounds of body fat your 2nd week, and 6 to 8 more pounds of fat your 3rd week and in the 4th week another 6 to 8 pounds more!
5. Triple The Amount of Pounds Lost
When you do the math, that means 6 pounds a week x 4 weeks = 24 pounds. That’s triple the measly 2 pounds x 4 weeks = 8 pound limit — that the fitness experts and gurus claim you can lose with just fasting!
In essence, you are in effect getting the results of a fast without having to go through all the hunger and weakness and discomfort.