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Too thin - plan for healthful weight gain after fast

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04 May 2013 00:42 #16520 by Annie1960
Annie1960 created the topic: Too thin - plan for healthful weight gain after fast
Hi Dr. Andre. It's the end of my 14th day on a water fast. I've grown quite thin (104 lbs. on a 5' 7" frame). It's my intention to break my fast on day 21 (but I will listen to my body if it decides I should break it earlier). Being as I have another week to go, it's likely I will dip below 100 lbs. Certainly I don't find any satisfaction in being so thin and want to carefully regain healthy weight. You might remember that I practice every-other-day fasting. I plan to do that for the rest of my life, but post-fast I'm thinking I would be wise to fast every third day instead and eat healthy calorie dense foods on my feed days. I have an exceptionally slow metabolism. Is there any harm in getting so thin during a fast and at what pace should I plan to regain (I'm thinking I should regain 15 lbs. over the course of about six months). Would love to hear your wisdom. Thank you as always.

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04 May 2013 06:20 #16526 by TheFastDoctor
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Hi Annie.. I still struggle to understand the Imperial measurement system, we're no longer a British colony.. but I think you weigh about 47 kilograms and have a height of 170 cm, giving you a BMI of 16. Indeed this is rather thin!

I advise NEVER to decide on the duration of a fast beforehand. Such a decision holds the risk of your not heeding your biofeedback. The 0-1-0 system can be good for you but indeed we sometimes need a longer fast to cure some disease. But in order to be able to do so, you need to build up some reserves. I suggest you aim for a BMI of around 20 so that you have these reserves.

I recently acquired a BMI measuring device from the USA.. it's just SO good to be able to measure, instead of guestimate, a person's metabolism rate. Perhaps you should see if something like this is available close by and have yours measured, which would allow you to plan more accurately.

Good energy dense foods include nuts, seeds and even vegetable oils such as olive or avocado. But the best quality food remains vegetables and these often have lots of natural vegetable oils in them.

I believe it's actually good to have a fluctuating weight, going up and down 2 to 3 kilograms around the lower limit of your ideal weight as such "turnover" gives your body the opportunity to replace some old tissues with new/young ones.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.

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04 May 2013 15:53 #16533 by ilovefasting
ilovefasting replied the topic: Too thin - plan for healthful weight gain after fast

The Fast Doctor wrote: I believe it's actually good to have a fluctuating weight, going up and down 2 to 3 kilograms around the lower limit of your ideal weight as such "turnover" gives your body the opportunity to replace some old tissues with new/young ones.

André


And I used to hate that I fluctuate on weight, now I will love to have those few kilos up and down once I get to my good BMI :lol:

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