There are many out there that advocate juice fasting as a way to lose weight quickly. And while you will lose weight it is my opinion that juice fasting to lose weight should not be the someone’s first option. In this article, I intend to explain the true purpose of fasting and the reasons why fasting for weight loss is probably notthe best alternative for dieting.
For thousands of years, people have been fasting. Fasting is usually associated with spiritual enlightenment or as a preventative for disease. Because of the possibilities of weight loss, many people have gravitated to juice fasting as a means to drop weight quickly.
Personally, I fast 4 times a year. I do this because I want to eliminate excess toxic build up that simply comes from our environment, our food and in the water we drink.
The reason why we lose weight when fasting is simple. If you aren’t giving your body the calories it needs, it will resort to finding calories from your fat stores and muscles. Typically, the first day, your body is burning off the stored sugar in your body. Once it has burned off the stored sugar, it will start to cannibalize the muscles back down into amino acids and the liver will transform this into sugar. Your brain needs sugar to operate.
On the second day, your body will go into a process called ketosis and raid your fat stores for energy. This is an important part of fasting because the toxic buildup is actually stored in your fat. It also explains why some of the foods we eat, such as fish, is still contaminated with toxins such as PCB’s and mercury. As your body burns fat for energy, your liver and kidneys focus on eliminating the toxins stored in your fat.
On the third day of a 3 day fast, you will typically lose those hunger pains. Some people will experience more energy and have a greater sense of awareness. During this time you could be dropping up to 2 pounds a day.
And this is the problem with fasting for weight loss. First of all, you should talk to a doctor before you start a fast because fasting does mess with your blood sugar levels. Because you lose those hunger pains, someone who is wanting to lose 10 quick pounds is likely to stay on a fasting diet longer than they should. After 3 days, some of the benefits that come from a fast start to diminish. Your body will also burn both muscle tissue as well as fat during this process.
Another problem with juice fasting for weight loss is that, unlike a water fast, you body never reaches that state of ketosis that is so important when you are trying to lose weight through dieting.
Finally, once you come off the diet, it is very likely that you will almost immediately put back on the weight. When you are fasting to cleanse yourself of toxins, this isn’t a bad thing because you aren’t concerned with weight (and chances are good if you are concerned with toxic buildup in the body, you are probably eating properly in the first place).
In summation, while juice fasting is a very effective way for eliminating everyday toxins from your system and should be a staple for anyone who wants to implement a preventative for future disease and sickness, juice fasting solely for weight loss won’t give a person the long term results that they probably envision.
Alex Goodie has been championing health through natural means for 10 years now. He is an advocate of eating the right things and thinks that diet plays a vital role in preventing diseases common in most people’s life. To read more about juice fasting, you can check out his site Juice Fasting Diets done right.