When I first became interested in fasting and its benefits I came across to a lot of websites which advocate water fasting.
Then I found this forum and I started reading a lot of threads describing horrible side effects.
I'd like to try a 7 days water fast, both to loose weight (10 lbs) and to detox but now I'm not sure it would be a good idea.
I know that a longer Water Fast
is good to detox and cure, but it doesn't ensure a permanent weight loss, as Mouseclick suggests: //www.curezone.org/forums/fm.asp?i=1382409#i
And I agree with his view about the importance of switching to a healthy diet.
So, although I haven't yet tried a longer water fast, I can tell my 2 experiences with respectively a 24 hours and a 48 hours water fast.
At the beginning of March I was about 151 lbs.
Too much for me but overweight wasn't the only problem. My morale was really low, as I was almost convinced that my metabolism was slowing down because of ageing. In fact, I'm 39. I felt horrible, bloated and old.
Also, my left breast was often sore and I had some dark liquid coming out of my nipple when I tried to squeeze it.
Then, on March 17th I tried a 24 water fast. After 14 hours I felt a strong pain in my left breast, but it stopped after a while. I stayed at home that day, I didn't do much. The following day I had my normal breakfast.
I felt wonderful, light and bright. I had lost about 1.5 lbs.
Not much, but then I felt that something in my metabolism had started to move.
The following days I stack to my healthy-mainly vegetarian-low calory diet. However, on a few occasions, I had some high calory meals.
The great thing about the 24 hour fast was that since the next day my buds had reset and I didn't crave neither for food in general nor for sweets. I was, and have been for a long time, a sweets addict.
I still like indulging with some sort of sweets like Sardinian nougat, fruit cake, jam tart, almond cakes or ice cream. Sometimes ice cream would be my dinner. I find it delicious and satiating and the following morning I feel lighter and less swallen. But my addiction to sweets is nothing like it used to be. I didn't even eat much dark chocolate at Easter.
My second fast was on March 30th and last for 48 hours. That was less satisfactory. I lost about 2 pounds, put it back immediately but I managed to lose the weight again, despite Easter, Easter Monday, some dinners and quite a few picnics with several friends.
So, overall, I lost about 5 lbs since my first fast and and about 7 since the beginning of March. Now I'm 144.
I'm really happy and I want to try again. Certainly I haven't gained the whole benefits I could have through a long term fast but I feel much better. As I used to when I was younger and slimmer, when I would skip dinner now and then.
Fasting has given me a new hope, has improved my relationship with food, and I don't have any more problems with my breast. Even my sexual life has improved, as well as my general mood and the relationship with my boyfriend.
So, I wonder: is it really worth going through a longer water fast, or is it better to do more frequent 24 hour fasts? I'm a bit scared of those dreadful side effects.