Water Fasting

  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Mar 22, 2012 5:14 PM GMT

    I know a few people who have gone and short (3 or 4 day) and longer term (2 weeks or more) water fasts and say it has done wonders for ailments ranging allergies, back/joint pain, stress and boosts post-fast metabolism. My search google came back with mixed results. I looked on here and there is a thread on fasting in general but was more opinion vs. experience based.

    Does anyone on here have FIRST HAND experience with water fasting? How many days did you fast? Did you work out during the fast? The consensus on google is that ketosis kicks in after 72 hours (for men). I am not looking to do it for rapid weight loss....I am interested in 'reseting' my physiological and metabolic processes. I am going into a stretch of days off and thinking about giving it a shot.
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    So basically you want to deprive your body of water...pretty much the most essential component it needs to survive and not, you know, die.
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Happy World Water Day
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    Mar 22, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidSo basically you want to deprive your body of water...pretty much the most essential component it needs to survive and not, you know, die.


    Not fasting from water, silly! icon_razz.gif

    Liquid fasts are known to promote liver health by effectively cleansing and detoxing this vital organ; this includes fresh vegetable juices, and lemon water.

    As far as the spefifics and how often one should "fast", I don't know enough to say...
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    Mar 22, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    Shahzadeh said
    Ariodante saidSo basically you want to deprive your body of water...pretty much the most essential component it needs to survive and not, you know, die.


    Not fasting from water, silly! icon_razz.gif

    Liquid fasts are known to promote liver health by effectively cleansing and detoxing this vital organ; this includes fresh vegetable juices, and lemon water.



    Oh so just a regular fast (which implies is liquid only). If it's water only it sounds like a danger for hyponatremia.
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    Mar 22, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    how about just eat right and cleanse your colon sometimes
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    Mar 22, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    Post Edit: I erased what I originally said, cause I didn't read a thing the OP wrote. icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 22, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2032961_do-water-fast.htmlThere's no more grueling type of fast or cleansing diet than a pure water fast. On this fast, you can only have water.


    After googling a bit, it seems like the term 'water fasting' is kind of a misnomer. It might be more accurate to call this starvation.
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    i've done 7 day H2O/lemon juice/dark molasses/cayenne pepper fasts 4 special (socio-religious) events. the 1st 4-5 days no prob, the last cpl of days all the junk is getting released from ur body (pores look a mess). when u brk ur fast, remember 2 eat light, frequent, meatless meals 4 a day or 2 (broth, rice, raw veggies).
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:38 PM GMT
    All kinds of fasting (including IF) have not been scientifically proven to be better for you than the usual "eat 6-8 small meals a day" suggestion. Fasting is a terrible, terrible idea for your metabolism.
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    Mark Sisson is running a series on his blog about fasting: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-weight-loss/#axzz1pt8R6mdj

    Also here are some things you might want to google if you want to read more about fasting: Eat Stop Eat; leangains.com; rippedbody.jp; Warrior Diet; Ramadan.

    Brad Pilon is on the eat-anything gravy train but Mark Sisson, Martin Berkhan, Andy Morgan all seem to think that your diet should be somewhat unjunked, to lesser or greater degrees.

    fagnet.... Fuck it, A.! I want to see those before-after pics. Please.
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    Mar 22, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    tailgater_3 saidi've done 7 day H2O/lemon juice/dark molasses/cayenne pepper fasts 4 special (socio-religious) events. the 1st 4-5 days no prob, the last cpl of days all the junk is getting released from ur body (pores look a mess). when u brk ur fast, remember 2 eat light, frequent, meatless meals 4 a day or 2 (broth, rice, raw veggies).



    Dude......did you do those horrible salt water flushes? UGHHH....I thought I was going to die!
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    Mar 22, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    fasterpace saidhow about just eat right and cleanse your colon sometimes


    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    this ^^
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    Mar 22, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    hahaha, i did. my stomach felt awful. it has the same salinity as blood/body fluids (did u use sea salt?) so ur body just passes it on through....whooosh...stay close 2 a toilet!!!!!!
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    Mar 22, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
    Have fun killing yourself!
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    Mar 22, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    BiItalianBro said
    I know a few people who have gone and short (3 or 4 day) and longer term (2 weeks or more) water fasts and say it has done wonders for ailments ranging allergies, back/joint pain, stress and boosts post-fast metabolism. My search google came back with mixed results. I looked on here and there is a thread on fasting in general but was more opinion vs. experience based.

    Does anyone on here have FIRST HAND experience with water fasting? How many days did you fast? Did you work out during the fast? The consensus on google is that ketosis kicks in after 72 hours (for men). I am not looking to do it for rapid weight loss....I am interested in 'reseting' my physiological and metabolic processes. I am going into a stretch of days off and thinking about giving it a shot.


    Absurd. Eat right. Your body will take care of itself.
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    Mar 22, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    fagneticspermeability saidThis depends on how long you want to do the fast for.

    I do a form of fasting that is called intermittent fasting (IF).

    I do this everyday. I basically don't eat for sixteen hours a day and eat my food within an eight hour window. So for example, I begin my first meal at 2Pm and eat my last mean at 10PM. I should post before and after photos to show how much I've leaned out. I lost roughly seven pounds but I look a lot leaner.

    I have done juice fasting for a period of seven days. It was any fruit or veggie for the first two days, followed by three days of only pure fruit and veggie juices and as much as I wanted. Then I resumed to two days of eating any fruit and veggie I wanted and after that I went back to my diet.

    I think drinking only water for more than a day is too much stress on your body. Your body starts breaking down your own tissue for calories. Your brain needs glucose for healthy cognitive functioning. Why go through all of this and then resume mediocre or unhealthy eating habits that caused the inflammation and allergies to begin with.

    There are many articles that support IF and its fat burning effects and growth hormone releasing effects. You might want to Google this.

    In addition, try eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and eat a more nutritious diet. Look for the science behind dietary protocols that support a healthier way of being.


    This sounds interesting. I'm going to look into it. Thanks for passing along the info!
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    Mar 23, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
    Lately I suffer from almost constant dehydration. A few months back during a routine doctor's visit my GP found me so dehydrated she administered an IV right in the office before she'd let me leave. And this past Monday I was there for a blood draw, and the technician couldn't find a good vein after 3 tries, but finally got enough blood.

    She didn't tell the doctor until after I was gone, who phoned and said she wanted me back to go on an IV once again. I wouldn't return, but agreed to really make an effort to drink more water.

    So I've been doing that all this week, with a filtered water bottle next to me right now, drinking at least a couple of quarts a day. I'm also drinking Gatorade. And NOT drinking coffee, tea, colas or alcohol, that act as diuretics.

    But I'm still eating food, too, so not a fast consisting of only water. BTW, best guess why I'm dehydrating is the hourly sweating I get due to meds I'm on, coupled with my lifelong habit of never drinking much ordinary water anyway. I must say, though, that I do feel better, and I wonder how many other guys let themselves get dehydrated to some degree without realizing it, especially with regular heavy exercise.
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    Mar 23, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    I have done it for a week of depriving of all food, and just maintaining water. I did it for meditation and prayer, it was great. You will definetly feel a cleaning, additionally you will expels somethings you were not aware of iticon_eek.gif

    Also, keep in mind that your mind will struggle with this, it will try to force you to eat and also give you hints that you are going to die if you do not eat, not the case. Just be strong minded ...also when you are ready to finish the fast, be slow in introducing food. You should start with soups, etc. nothing in bulk or that requires high digestion process; otherwise you could experience indigestion, bloating, as well as diarrhea.
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    Mar 23, 2012 3:32 PM GMT



    Thanks for the feedback from the guys who actually read the question before spouting off.

    Ive been practicing near-vegetarianism for years and avoid overt sugars, inflammatory triggering dairy and all processed foods. Like I said in my OP...I am not looking to drop 50 lbs in a week or go biblical and do it for 40 days and nights. I'm going to try it for 5-7 days and see if giving my digestive and endocrine system a vacation makes a difference.