10 Day Water Fast & Weight Loss

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Water fasting has proven to be loaded with benefits, the most obvious of which is weight loss. But it also carries concerns about the health advantages and risks involved.

Planning

  • An extended fast requires a great deal of focus and energy, so it should be undertaken at a relatively calm time in your life. Fasting expert Ron Lagerquist recommends drinking raw juices for several days before a lengthy fast.

What to Expect

  • At the beginning of a fast, toxins enter the bloodstream. These, combined with a lack of food, generally produce feelings of hunger, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. Fasting may also prompt bad breath and body odor for a few days.

Weight Loss

  • While undistracted by digestion, the body focuses nearly all its energy on burning fat stores. Although weight loss during a fast varies by person, experienced faster Claudette Freeman says most people lose 20 pounds during the first week and 1 to 2 pounds a day after that.

Other Health Benefits

  • Fasting also helps with conditions such as type II diabetes, joint pain, urinary tract infections, acne, liver and kidney disease and depression.

People Who Shouldn't Fast

  • People who are anorexic, bulimic, pregnant, anemic, and those with certain rare genetic diseases should not fast.

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