Losing Weight by Fasting?

Posted on August 18th, 2010 by Mic in Fitness Model Nutrition Tips

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Hi,

The last couple of posts we debunked the cleansing by fasting myths, now let’s turn to the losing weight by fasting fad that is going around.

The bottom line is yes, you can lose weight by fasting.  However, you can also lose weight by dieting.

The issue is that with both you will eventually regain the weight back.  This is a normal way your body reacts when it is deprived of food.

It slows down.  Less food equals slowing down.  If you decided to eat a lot less food, then your body slows down even more.  This is done to protect itself. 

After all if you slow down to much you will be dead and I assume you don’t want that.

There are many different types of fasts and many “facts” floating out there.  But, let’s turn to the science.

One of the negative aspects of dieting is that some people say that if you fast for one day, the next day you will overeat and lose all the benefits of the fast. 

The science shows that you will not overeat enough to regain all the weight you lost. 

And this fact is thrown around by all the fast gurus out there.  What they didn’t tell you was that people that fast will eventually regain the weight. 

It might take a week or more, but fasting is no better than any other diet where you regain the weight over time.

Now the interesting thing is that while the weight comes back within about a week, the body tissues and fluids take a longer period of time to come back – up to 10 days or more. 

Body tissues are things like your body fat, bones, body water, organs, muscles, gastrointestinal tract contents and glycogen content.

Some have maintained that this means that if you fasted around 1 time per week then you could maintain your weight loss for just about forever.

I don’t buy that.  First of all because we don’t know where the weight loss is coming from.  If if is coming from body fat, then that is a good thing.

And it might mean that you could continue your weight loss for a longer period of time than if you went on a regular diet.

If the weight loss is coming from muscle tissue loss, then that is a problem.

Having more muscle (size) and strength means your metabolism will be burning more calories per day.  This could be from 40 – 100 calories per day depending upon your workout, your diet and your size.

Still that is 4 to 10 pounds a year you would have just by having a little more muscle.

Fasting, if it is losing muscle tissue, would negate any positive effects of having more muscle.  And it would cause you to rebound your weight loss much faster.

There are a couple of other issues on losing weight by fasting and we’ll get to them in the next post.

Thanks

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