Fasting weight loss is not a starvation practice or a glorification of bulimic tendencies. Fasting weight loss is actually a welcome offshoot of the primary reason why fasting is recommended - detoxification.
With the present diet we have nowadays - fast foods, processed foods, instant foods - it is not surprising that we are piling toxins upon toxins into our body. Fasting is one way to eliminate these toxins. Periodic fasting is actually recommended to periodically cleanse our body of these toxins.
1. Fruit Fasting.
Fruit fasting is a great way for beginners to start on fasting weight loss programs. Although any fruit would do, apples, pears and bananas are highly recommended. To start fruit fasting, you need to eat only fruits for the next 24 hours. When hunger pangs attack, just load up on water and eat another fruit.
After the first 24 hours of fruit fasting weight loss diet, you may go back to eating your regular food. For the succeeding weeks, increase your fruit fasting to one more day weekly until you're fruit fasting for at least 21 straight days.
2. Juice Fasting.
A juice fast is a diet of juices prepared from single or mixed-fruits and vegetables only. Wheat grass may be added in the concoction to reduce craving for food.
Before starting on juice fasting, do a fruit fast for three weeks followed by three days of eating regular foods. Not only does it make your fasting weight loss more effective, juicing also assimilates the nutrients from fruits into the body faster and introduces important enzymes into the body. Enzymes protect your cells from being damaged and destroyed by the toxins taken in through food, air and water.
For a juice fast, 32-64oz is the daily recommendation. This fasting weight loss regimen is much more effective when completed for at least 14 days and can lose you as much as three to five pounds a week.
3. Water Fasting.
Water fasting is a fasting weight loss regimen wherein only water is being consumed for a period of time. This is extremely difficult for the body since absolutely no calories are being consumed. It's also the best way to eliminate the toxins from the body and the fastest way to shed off weight, losing you as much as one pound a day.
Our body uses the glucose in food for its energy requirement. When going into a fast, our body is "deprived" of the glucose it gets from food. Instead, it burns through the stored fats in our body for the fuel it needs. Fasting weight loss begins on the second day when stored fats are being consumed. The shift from glucose to fats is completed on the third day and from the third day onwards, the body accelerates its consumption and breakdown of fatty acids and fat.
Fasting weight loss is indeed a quick way to lose weight. But don't overdo it especially when it's a first for you. Take baby steps. Even fasting for one day every two weeks can provide you with substantial benefits.