40 Days Fast and Weight Loss

Have you ever tried water-fast for weight loss? It is a common method to lose weight these days. Actually, fasting is a spiritual ritual in Islam, Christianity and Judaism religions. Each religion has its own way to fast. So people fast for so many reasons either religious or healthy reasons. Are there enough studies to prove that 40 days fast or water-fast is a healthy way to lose weight? In fact, it is still under research, but till now it has pros and cons. If you are interested, scroll down!

Fast .. Types of Diets

Actually, there are six methods to fast intermittently in order to lose weight like:

  • The 16/8 method

In which a person abstains from eating for 16 hours for men and 14-15 hours for women a day. So you limit the hours in which you eat to 8-10 hours a day. In these hours you have to eat 2, 3 or more meals

  • The 5:2 method

It depends on eating normally for five days a week and limiting your calories intake to 500-600 calories for two days of the week.

  • Eat stop eat

It is difficult for many people because it depends on avoiding food for 24-hour once or twice a week. So you starve yourself for a whole day, but you can drink water, coffee or zero-calorie beverages.

  • Alternate-day fasting

You should fast every other day. Also you can fast completely or eat about 500 calories during the fasting days.

  • The warrior diet

It depends on eating only fruits and vegetables through the day then you can eat one big meal at night.

  • Spontaneous meal skipping

It is a simple method which you can try it easily. All what you need is to skip a meal or two a day.

The Weight Loss Dilemma!

Have you ever met someone who didn’t want to lose weight? If it is yes, lucky him/her! Definitely most people want to lose weight. They try different diets like Keto-diet, low-carb diet or no-carb diet and other diets. Moreover, they go to the gym to exercise and play sports for the sake of weight loss. Scientists always try to come up with solutions for our problems. Regarding weight loss, they discovered fasting as a method to lose weight. There are several types of fasting diets as previously mentioned. You have to choose the suitable method for your body after consulting your doctor.

What is Water-Fasting?

This type of fasting has to be followed under medical supervision. It lasts for 24-72 hours. You have to drink water only during regiment in order to lose weight. There are studies done about this by Dr. Alan Goldhamer, the director of TrueNorth Health Center. More than 20,000 patients had fasted for 5 to 40 days at TrueNorth. They medically supervised the impact of water-only fast or 40 days on the treatment of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders and lymphoma.

Why Do Some People Fast?

There are many reasons, these could be:

  • For religious reasons.
  • For weight loss.
  • To detox.
  • For the health benefits of fasting.
  • Before they undergo a certain medical procedure.

Pros of Fasting

  • Its impacts on health

In fact, several studies showed a link between water-fast and positive health impacts. It decreases the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes. According to studies, this regiment helps people with high blood pressure to lower it, but it has to be under medical supervision. Also it improves insulin and leptin hormones sensitivity. Insulin hormone works to store the nutrients in the blood. Leptin hormone helps to feel full. The increase of insulin sensitivity makes your body able to lower the sugar level in the blood, as a result, it helps to lower the risk of obesity. Moreover, this approach helps to decrease cholesterol levels and triglyceride. Therefore, it decreases the risk of heart diseases. According to studies done on animals, the water-fast can put down the genes that help to grow cancer cells.

  • Its impacts on weight loss

Water-fast works on limiting the calories intake. As a result, you lose weight. You can lose 0.9 kg a day according to studies. In fact, the weight loss resulted from it might be temporary. When you abstain from eating, you reduce sugar and sodium intake. Hence, you lose weight. During water-fasting, you lose water in your body and glycogen (stored carbs). So you don’t lose fat. Thus, it is a temporary solution for weight loss. Your body starts to burn stored fat after few days. This happens because your body uses the available energy firstly like glucose and glycogen. You can lose about 15 kg during 40 days fast. This regiment depends on drinking water and no-calories beverages. There are several water-fasting diets:

  • First diet is to drink 6 cups of warm water to melt fats of your body and 8 cups of normal water.
  • Second diet is to drink 3 cups of cold water because it helps to burn more calories in 30 minutes.
  • Third diet in which you have to avoid beverages and to drink water only.
  • Fourth diet is to do water-fasting for two days a week.

During these types of diets, you have to eat fruits and vegetables and to avoid high calories foods. Also you have to avoid salt.

Cons of Fasting

You have to know that there are some downsides of 40 days fast/water-fast like:

  • Digestive upset.
  • Nutrient deficiencies.
  • Dehydration.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.
  • Trouble focusing.
  • Blood pressure changes.
  • Headache.

Who Should Avoid 40 Days Fasting?

Patients who already suffer from chronic diseases like kidney diseases and diabetes should. They have to avoid water-fasting unless the doctor gives them the permission.

In a nutshell, fasting for 40 days has positive impacts. You can lose weight through it, but you have to make sure that it is safe for you to avoid any downsides. You have to know that it is a temporary solution to lose weight.