How effective is water fasting in losing weight?

I am around 5’6 and weigh 160 lbs. I would really like to lose weight fast- potentially fifteen or twenty pounds. I have heard water fasting is both good for losing weight, and is also beneficial to gastro-intestinal health.

Is water fasting as effective as it is said to be?

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5 Responses to “How effective is water fasting in losing weight?”

  1. pancake said:


  2. Reiki Chick said:

    Some people fast one day a week as they believe it cleans out their system. However any more than that and you are basically starving yourself – so yes you would loose weight. However, the second you start eating again expect to gain it all back and then some. The reason is that when your body goes into “famine mode” you are telling it there isn’t enough food to be had, so it holds onto every calorie you consume.

    Also, all “loose weight quickly” schemes are guaranteed to have a rebound effect – where you loose the weight and then gain it all back with extra. There isn’t ANY that maintain that quick loss. If you don’t believe me, post some questions about weight loss and specific diets and see the responses you get.

    You are much better off to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, veggies, lean protein and low in carbs. That is the best way to maintain a healthy weight. (exercise is also very important and not only keeps you healthy, but gives you a toned physic.)

    Sorry but there just aren’t any quick fixes that don’t cause more harm then good.

  3. BIGpApi209 said:

    just excersise the old fashioned way

  4. lynnet bielech michaels said:

    your body needs water 2 keep hydrated so keep on drinking it


  5. reflexmarie said:

    Having been there and done that, I don’t really recommend going on a water fast. My experience has taught me that cleansing the body of toxins is the most effective for weight loss.

    However, not just any kind of cleansing. Most diets and detox programs do some cleansing but what happens is there is more water and muscle loss going on than real fat loss. This is because nutrients are not put back for the body to start rebuilding and rejuvinating and instead your body goes on to steal nutrients where available.

    I was able to lose 9 inches in 9 days with the proper program and felt re-enegized. I’ve gone on to lose a total of 25 inches and I don’t worry anymore about being occasionally bad with what I eat because I know that I can correct it in one to two days tops.

    Good luck.


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