You have intermittent fasting, alternate day fasting, 24-hour fasting, the 5:2 diet, and endless other variations.
And most of these methods don’t seem all that difficult or complex.
Instead of evenly spacing your meals throughout the day, you eat all of your calories in a shorter period of time (usually 4 to 10 hours) and you don’t eat the rest of the time.
According to some, though, there’s a better mousetrap out there—water fasting.
As you can guess, water fasting involves abstaining from all forms of food or drink except water, and you keep this up for anywhere from a day to several weeks.
You don’t have to look far to find stories of people who swear water fasting offers all kinds of benefits, including:
Effortless weight loss
And more . . .
Sounds good so far.
To many people, the most appealing part of water fasting is it’s so simple.
You never have to wonder what you can or can’t eat during the fast. You don’t have to make shakes or meal replacements or take supplements. You don’t have to plan your meals.
All you have to do is stop eating and drinking anything except water, and you’ll look sexier, feel better, be healthier in a few days, the water fasting proponents say.
Sure, you’ll be hungry some of the time, but it’s not that bad.
At least that’s what everyone on the Internet tells you.
You have your doubts, though, too.
It has the stamp of “too good to be true” written all over it, and if it doesn’t deliver on these promises, you’ll have suffered for no reason.
And yet . . . what if it only helped you lose a few pounds, or have slightly clearer skin, or gave you a little more energy, wouldn’t it be worth it?
In a word, no.
Water fasting will help you lose weight, but not because there’s something unique about only drinking water for a few days. Chances are also good that you won’t be happy with how you look at the end of your self-imposed starvation experiment.
It’s also not going to “detox” your body, improve your skin complexion, or do much of anything else for you except make you really, really hungry for a few days.
In this podcast, you’re going to learn why water fasting is an unhealthy way to lose weight and what you should do instead.