Is fasting ok? Is there a safe and effective way to do it?

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    Dec 22, 2015 6:50 PM GMT
    I have an old pic as my default, and it's what I used to look like.

    Now I am about the same size as Chris Pratt when he was fat and before he got sexy. I started at 170 lbs, then I went on tons of meds and got up to 272 lbs. Now down to 251 lbs. Waist went from 30" to 42"

    My blood pressure and resting heart rate went up. And I have pre-diabetes, which means if I don't make changes now, I will get diabetes forever.

    I'm obsessed with how fat I got. My body can't handle all the weight that I've gained. But I think my body can handle some moderate fasting.

    If I choose to drink tons of water and supplement with vitamins for a week or so, will this be harmful?

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  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 22, 2015 6:57 PM GMT
    Fasting is not OK. Create a reasonable diet of about 2,500 calories that covers all the needed elements (including healthy fats) and step up your exercise, whether lifting or cardio, preferably both. Learn to make and find food that you love that is within this limit and start establishing this as a lifestyle, not a diet. The weight will come off.
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    Dec 22, 2015 9:33 PM GMT
    Eh, misread. I was hoping for some RJ shenanigans. This thread is about FASTING.
  • Antarktis

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    Dec 22, 2015 11:01 PM GMT
    Depending on the types of meds. Ask your physician first. You also mention circulatory problems.
  • wild_sky360

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    Dec 23, 2015 12:46 AM GMT
    Chris Pratt was already sexy as a big bear, but fit man means healthy also.

    Most people here would say building muscle is the best way to increase fat loss and fasting is antithetical to building. I would agree. That said, you might find useful information in this article about intermittent fasting.
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/14/intermittent-fasting-longevity.aspx

    This makes sense to me also and perhaps the ideas aren't entirely conflicting.

    The strategy is not severe and only serves to train your body toward a more efficient metabolism and specifically to address blood sugar control. It's also not necessary to adhere to for a lifetime. Goals can be achieved fairly quickly and then readjusted to your needs going forward.

    Also, I'll testify that juice fasts or simply incorporating it into your diet can make you feel great and provide nutrition during weight loss. I do it periodically through the year. A morning juice can leave me satisfied until way into the afternoon without additional food. I'm talking about fresh made vegetable juice like carrot apple kale..etc, not sweet processed fruit juices. This is a good lifetime habit, though I find more noticeable benefits after abstaining for a while and then replenishing nutrients with juicing.
  • jjguy05

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    Dec 23, 2015 12:53 AM GMT
    Fasting as in no food? Not only is that unhealthy, but also ineffective. You mess up your metabolism, and might not end up losing any bodyfat, or you lose it and regain it when you start eating again.

    You need a long-term outlook, with exercise, including lifting, and eating right.
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    Dec 23, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    Fasting as you presented it is just depriving yourself of a balance of nutrients until the body turns to fat, as well as muscle and vital tissues such as organs, for an energy source. It is a damaging way to lose weight, and as mentioned it can mess up your metabolism. (Btw, supplements are meant to fill in nutritional gaps and balance a diet, not replace a proper diet.)

    If you're interested, intermittent fasting would be far more beneficial. All you're doing is extending the natural evening fast by either moving your break-fast to later in the day, or your final meal earlier in the evening.

    Wherever you want to place it, an eight-hour "feeding window" seems to be ideal. Since you have considered a week without a solid meal, this should be no problem. You'll still consume your recommended calories, and be able to meet performance goals with workout programs.

    Something to look into. There's a lot of resources online where you can read about several dietary approaches to intermittent fasting. One is sure to fit into your lifestyle.

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    Dec 23, 2015 2:19 AM GMT
    Eat healthy, non-processed foods (veggies, nuts/legumes, some fruit, some poultry and fish). Use minimal oils, just to keep the cooked stuff from sticking to the pan. Keep the added salts and sugars to an absolute minimum.

    That'll take care of the diabetes (and many other health issues I used to face). Leave the fasting to religious people who still believe in ancient texts written by illiterates.
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    Dec 23, 2015 2:27 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses. I will try intermittent fasting, as suggested.
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    Dec 24, 2015 3:03 PM GMT
    Coming late to the party here.
    Every other weekend I fast. Drinking only water. When the Mondays come around, despite being hungry, I feel really good.
    I used to do it one weekend a month.
    I know the OP is doing it for weight reasons. I do it for the mental discipline of it, and also I never like to feel content.

    Mondays, after having a normal breakfast, lunch, and several small meals during the day, when I hit the gym after work I feel great.

    Despite what all of these so-called experts on here try to say, I've rec'd the green light from my GP, my family's sports medicine physician, and my nutritionist. All is well.

    Try it slowly. Work up to one weekend a month. See how you feel.
    Good luck!