Fasting

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    Jun 29, 2007 2:04 AM GMT
    Has anyone here ever fasted for a few days? If so, what were the results? Although my big issue is keeping weight on, I'm thinking a good detox by fasting might do me good.
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    Jun 29, 2007 12:01 PM GMT
    Just read up on detox methods before you fast. You want to make sure that you keep yourself hydrated and that you're getting enough nutrients.
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    Jun 29, 2007 1:40 PM GMT
    There are a couple of great detox fasts...my favorite is the lemon juice cleanse..you can look it up on google...

    I have done it twice now, for 3 days each time, and felt like a new man afterward.

    I did not loose much weight...but that was not why I was doing it...but afterward, all I seemed to crave was fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Look into and give it a try!
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    Jun 29, 2007 7:13 PM GMT
    I think it is important to note that if you go on a fast of any kind, you should not do it when you are going to be rediculously busy or active. You will need to allow more time for your body to rest and I'd imagine lifting wieghts would be out of the question, no?
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    Jun 29, 2007 7:22 PM GMT
    I go on liquid fasts sometimes for religious reasons. I've never done it for detox, so I don't know if the procedure differs much. Just keep very well hydrated. If I go longer then a few days I'll break out my juicer and juice fruits and veggies to keep the nutrients in my body up.

    I agree with juishe though, you should keep your workouts pretty light, and don't do it when you are really busy, because you'll need your brain power, and when you fast, it's not all there... I tend to get headaches when I fast...
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    Jun 30, 2007 6:27 AM GMT
    oh yea, liltally, if keeping weight on is a problem for you (it is for me too) then realize, not eating for few days will make the weight go away.

    a bunch of my friends went on the lemon something or other detox something.. i don't remember. but they lost ALOT of weight. They did it for a week or ten days. It took a toll on them because this was the middle of the semester and we were all very busy.

    So do the research and realize you will loose weight. Though after you start eating again, you're suposed to put back on 50% of the weight you lost.

    If i wouldn't loose weight, I'd think aobut going on one.
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    Jul 01, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    whoa.
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    Jul 01, 2007 5:19 AM GMT
    "...Woops! I meant to write fisting. My bad!..."

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    Jul 01, 2007 5:44 AM GMT
    A good one is the 3 day apple diet. Eat all the apples you want but only apples of the delicious or high shoulder variety . All the fiber helps clean out the crap. On the last day drink a 1/4 cup of really good olive oil. ( that part is a bit nasty )
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    Jul 01, 2007 6:50 AM GMT
    "Woops! I meant to write fisting. My bad!"

    --LOL! Nice one! (Ya know, you may wanna try that cleanse before before your fisting.)

    But seriously, there are a lot of different types of fasts for different purposes; the subject is as complex as you wanna make it, so I recommend getting the advice of a good herbalist beforehand. Info on the lemon juice cleanse online usually comes with good generic info on fasting, which is handy considering that:

    "There are 90 books on fasting in print [in America], most all of which are mutually antagonistic and will hopelessly confuse any intelligent cybernaut. The only thing they all hold in common is their recommendation that one should never do a prolonged fast without skilled, veteran, professional supervision, initially. Quite simply, one without experiential knowledge and distilled wisdom in our field can't be expected to know how to deal with all that can arise (physiologically, psychologically and spiritually) throughout a prolonged fast." www.fasting.com/start.html

    You've already got some good tips already, but I just wanted to add that you are wanting a general cellular detox, then remember to stay really well hydrated, or you'll be wasting your time. Taking mild, blood-purifying, liver-detoxifying herbal blends in addition to your fast can be really helpful, but again, see a good herbalist or naturopath first.

    Have fun!
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    Jul 04, 2007 4:30 AM GMT
    Fasting only really works for girls who are clueless enough to not care about losing lean mass.

    The Lemon juice fast is a 14 day ordeal and I would not recommend it to anyone who claims to be a real jock of any sort. That diet will wash off all your muscle and leave you without the essential amino acids for 14 days.

    Try doing it for a day if you must cleanse.

    Alternatively, you can keep a more jock friendly diet going and work the lemon juice drink into your diet by removing the sugar source -- maple syrup out of the recipe. I found this to be effective when I was dieting for the summer. The cayenne pepper seems to have euphoric as well as appetite suppressant properties -- however watch out for acid reflux and heartburn if you have finicky stomach. Clearly not a drink for those of us over 40 years old.


    Overall Fasting is not for jocks. It is for lazy people who want a quick fix.

    Clean up your diet, lose the weight slowly and you will remain leaner meaner and happier.

    I honestly lost most of the non-lean weight once I STARTED eating more, not less.

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    Aug 03, 2007 6:52 PM GMT
    I really do not get this "detox" theory with fasting... Fasting does not "detox" a person... The "detox" has to be performed internally by your body, not with outside flushes or starvation.

    If you r body is unable to perform this task well, we do have medications to "help" facilitate "detox", such as lactolose.. It bascially makes you poop very frequently so nothing stays in your colon. But not eating does not mean you are "clean". Otherwise all these liver cirrhosis patients, who are already not eating, would be "detoxed" enough...???

    Starvating as a way to "detox" is just simplistic and untrue.