One Day Water Fasting for Weight Loss

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping safe and healthy. Fasting is nature’s way of allowing the body to heal itself. When you’re not eating, all the energy that has been used to digest the food now gets used for flushing out toxins out of the system and body’s natural healing mechanism gets a boost. Water fasting is a kind of fasting in which for a set period of time, you only consume water. Let’s see what water fasting is all about.

What is it ?

  • It’s a kind of fasting
  • You only consume water and nothing else

What does it do ?

  • It promotes autophagy
  • A process in which your body breaks down and recycles old cells of your body
  • Some of these old cells can be potentially dangerous
  • Autophagy is an important natural process which is aided by water fasting
  • Do not overeat a day before and after water fasting as it completely defeats the purpose of water fasting
  • Overeating next day after water fasting may lead to refeeding syndrome

Benefits of water fasting

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Promotes autophagy
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Improves leptin sensitivity
  • Helps in weight loss and detoxification
  • Reduces risk of chronic diseases
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Provides protection  against cancer
  • Supports a healthy gut
  • May boost immunity

Who should avoid water fasting

  • People with type 1 & 2 diabetes
  • Minors and older adults
  • People with gout
  • People With eating disorder
  • Pregnant women
  • Breast feeding mothers
  • People with low blood pressure
  • People who are under weight
  • Post surgery

Some pointers

  • Some people may lose upto 2 kgs of weight during a single day of water fasting
  • However, a lot of that will be water, carbs weight or muscle mass
  • Make sure you consume sufficient quantity of water during water fasting
  • On non fasting days increase your fibre intake to avoid constipation
  • Be aware of changes in your body
  • Avoid workouts on day of water fasting
  • Avoid stress of day of water fasting
  • You can alternate with liquid fasting which includes consumption of coocnut water and green juices

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