Although there isn’t any strong proof that water fasting slows metabolism in humans, there is anecdotal evidence that some people can achieve normal metabolic rates by fasting for weeks without eating or drinking. Fasting has been observed to cause weight loss by reducing the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area and by increasing the use of fat from the liver. It is thought that long periods of fasting may cause the body to use fat for energy rather than storing fat, thereby reducing calories burned due to the lack of food. This may help to reduce blood glucose even further. Many people benefit by fasting during the hot monsoons in India during the summer. Some studies have observed that even for people who eat a calorie surplus a day, the extra calories taken in will lead to more weight loss, as the excess energy will go into muscle. It is believed that the excess energy will be converted into energy and used for food.
Are there any risks associated with water fasting?
There is minimal risk of illness associated with water fasting.
Fasting will usually be most successful if taken at the right time of day, but sometimes it is best to start fasting after a run, walk or run exercise and avoid drinking water for an hour or so beforehand. However, it is best not to start fasting for an extended period of time. Instead, try to start your fast the night before, using water to replace the amount of water lost. In case of dehydration, water can make this worse.
In certain circumstances, the body may produce some heat produced when the blood vessel walls open and blood vessels expand during the fasting. If this occurs, a person at risk may feel cold and should stay in bed for an hour or two.
When water is used to replace the body’s water loss for up to three hours straight, the body will actually go into a nutritional ketosis. Even though it is not advisable to maintain a caloric deficit for this long period of time, most healthy people can experience a body feeling normal and their bodies not suffering from the many effects of starvation.
How to begin water fasting?
Begin by getting the blood sugar down to normal. Many people will want to start with a low-carbohydrate diet, either because it is best to lose weight or, as it sometimes takes longer for a person to lose weight when they start a low-carbohydrate diet, they may feel uncomfortable eating low-carbohydrate. You may want to start by reducing your calorie intake because you are going to be fasting for