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Looking to fast for an extended amount ot time and looking for advice.

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07 Jan 2011 23:09 #5592 by thisisegregious
thisisegregious created the topic: Looking to fast for an extended amount ot time and looking for advice.
I am 5'4" and 180 pounds overweight and I'd like to fast down to a skeletal weight in order to break my addiction to food and to completely rid my body of toxins. I get the feeling that because of how much weight I have to lose to get to a skeletal weight (I'm guessing around 220 pounds) that I won't be able to just water fast the entire time and that I'll need to supplement every once in a while with fresh juices. Any advice from someone who has either been on an extended fast (2 months or more) or who has overseen one would be appreciated.

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07 Jan 2011 23:47 #5593 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Looking to fast for an extended amount ot time and looking for advice.
Welcome indeed dear thisisegregious! I do hope we can help, guide and assist you towards a new you!

Please don't see fasting as an avenue to weight loss in the first place. Fasting improves your health generally and generally healthy people tend to have less weight problems. Health aof course refers here to something holistic: Spirit, mind, body, social, economic, and many other realms.

The longest safe fast in my experience would be about 40 days. But in this time you really need to eliminate any toxins that are released from the weight you lose.. if you don't actively eliminate these they may cause irreperable damage.

By the way, once the toxins are eliminated, they are no longer in you to hold back the weight loss.

The longest continuous fast I have supervised was 45 days, and this guy lost 45 kilograms in that time. He continued intermittent fasting and lost another 15 kilograms over 30 days. But my experience has taught me to rather integrate regular, repetitive fasting into your lifestyle. Putting it on a pedestal as an isolated experience is likely to fail in the long run.

Please read widely. The forums and the FAQ's are good starting points. Then please bring your unanswered questions here and we'd be happy to help.

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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08 Jan 2011 00:49 #5594 by thisisegregious
thisisegregious replied the topic: Re: Looking to fast for an extended amount ot time and looking for advice.
Thank you for your reply. I don't want to use fasting just for weight loss. I'm not one of those people who equate thin with being healthy but I do know that being healthy does include being at a weight that does not hinder your body. I'm doing a lot of things in order to change my lifestyle and using fasting to lose extra weight as well as heal my body is one of them. Even after the weight comes off I plan to fast on a regular basis.

Would I be able to water fast for 40 days, then juice fast/eat raw, for a period of time, and then go back to water fasting? I don't want to overload my body but I also don't want to drag out the process more than necessary.

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08 Jan 2011 01:11 #5595 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Looking to fast for an extended amount ot time and looking for advice.
Honestely, dear thisisegregious, any fast longer than about a week should be supervised and I would include a few blood tests to evaluate the strain on the different organ systems. If you are not inclined to stict supervision then I would suggest you make the habit of fasting 1 to 5 days per week, every week. The last meal before the fast should be dominated by fat whilst avoiding protein so that your metabolism enters the fast with a "momentum" of breaking down fat.

It's always advisable to break a fast slowly.. typically over the same number of days that your were fasting. Once your metabolism has all the necessary enzymes at its disposal, however, the breaking of the fast can be.. a bit faster!.

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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