I think fasting is great, and I particularly like fasting for one or two days. Fasting allows your body to burn up a lot of junk. You’re going to get rid of a lot of waste, especially if you drink a lot of water and relax a lot during the fast.
You don’t want to be running a marathon while going on a fast. You want to take it nice and easy during a fast. You should be much more careful with long-term water fasting that goes beyond 3-7 days. In the first day or two of a fast, the body burns through available blood sugar and the glycogen stored in the liver. The body then taps into your fat stores. You need to be careful about tapping into those stores, because fat contains a lot of toxins that, when released, can make you quite sick. Long-term water fasts are dangerous and need to be medically supervised. That is why I’m not a fan of long-term fasts, particularly long-term water fasts.
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Long-term water fasts can put you into ketosis. Ketosis can affect the way you think and feel. I don’t think it’s a great idea to put your body through that process. I consider it a type of abuse against your own body. I can’t see the benefit of pursuing long-term water fasts.
A lot of people fast because they hope to lose a significant amount of weight quickly. Once they’ve lost the weight, they go back to their original obesogenic diet. It becomes a weight yo-yo.
Ask yourself why you want to go on a long-term fast. What benefits are you hoping to get from going for an extended time without food? If it’s weight loss or simply feeling better that you’re after, you don’t need to go on a long-term fast to achieve those goals. You can get good results by going on a two to three day fast every month. During the fasts, have some bone broth and a little bit of fruit as well as the water. I also recommend adding in a lot of relaxation and meditation.
Long-term fasting is a source of stress for your body. Your stress hormone axis will go into starvation mode. Also, anyone with a history of an eating disorder should never go on a long-term fast because it can trigger binge-eating episodes and bulimia.