Fasting to lose weight is a quick fix for a quick shed but let’s face it; its results, more so than not, are as short-lived as its fast acting promise. Managing health and weight is a lifelong commitment and shedding pounds will not be as easy as packing them on. Fasting to lose weight should never be your only option to shed pounds, nor is it the best choice to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.
The problem with fasting, to lose weight, is that it has been so mainstreamed and commercialized to the point that people become sidetracked from the real message of healthy living, which consists of a well-balanced diet and exercise. While it is commendable that people want to get in shape and eat better; getting on the fast-track to a healthier way of life is recognizing that a successful outcome is not instantaneous but an ongoing process of sound decision making.
The weight loss industry of quick fixes and prompt results has been highly romanticized. There is nothing wrong with believing in a happy ending for your body, but managing your health shouldn’t be as short lived as an over-watched Disney film. If you want to be healthy stop worshipping convenience.
When it comes to understanding why fasting should not be the quick cure or even cure all for weight loss one must examine diet. It is crucial to understand that over 50% of Americans eat a diet of processed, chemical laced, low nutrient foods which produces unfavorable fasting conditions. The average American consumes approximately 2,700 calories per day and most of this consumption is of a non-healthy nature. Visualeconomics offers a great graphic break down of the American diet.
Additionally, two-thirds of Americans are under-hydrated, which is also counterproductive to a fast. Your water consumption prior and during a fast is important to note. When you go for periods of time without drinking or consuming enough water then attempt to fast, you actually experience water weight loss versus fat burn. So, those pounds you happily said bye-bye to will reappear as quickly as they disappeared, not to mention you increase your risk of dehydration which can lead to serious organ complications or worst, death.
While fasting can be a “powerful therapeutic process that can help people recover from mild to severe health conditions” according to Dr. Ben Kim, Chiropractic and acupuncturist, it is not the best solution as a “weight loss tool” says, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live. Healthy living and shedding pounds is done through permanent lifestyle changes, and progression.
Remember, fads, gimmicks and quick result promising options, such as fasting for weight loss, are never a good long-term solution for managing health and weight. It is better to focus on a balanced, active lifestyle, with a diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, lean proteins, plenty of water and occasionally whole grains.