Fasting is a process in which the amount of food that you take is restricted. Mostly, there are foods that are limited for some hours of the day when the food is not consumed. It is observed by many people around the globe due to several reasons.
However, in recent years intermittent fasting is observed in order to lose weight. Water fasting is one of its kind. In certain instances, intermittent fasting also revolves around a ‘5:2 diet,’ whereby, for five days of the week, a person takes his regular diet but two days of the week are dedicated to limited calorie intake as compared to intake on regular days.
However, this article focuses on water fasting. Let’s dive in to find out more about it and whether it’s good for you:
What is Water Fasting?
Water fasting is basically a form of fasting that can extend from a few hours to three days and during which you only have to take water. Those who observe water fasting do not take any food item or any drink other than water.
Restricting your body to just water makes the body use the already stored carbs and fats for energy generation. Your body is capable of going without food for three days and that is the reason that this duration is pointed out as the max timing for water fasting.
This is called the fasting state for the body. Essentially, it is a step before your body enters into the starvation state. As you are not taking any source of energy during this time, you may feel fatigued, anxious, or dizzy. You may also witness a drop in your blood pressure. Any sort of intense workout is avoided during this time.
How does water fasting affect the body?
- Weight Loss:
The first benefit due to which water fasting is done in the first place is weight loss. You will see the results soon after you start water fasting. It is said that when you shift your diet and habits from regular food intake to water fasting, the initial weight loss can be significant. You can lose up to 3 pounds a day in the initial round itself.
- Blood Pressure:
Water fasting is also known to be beneficial for all those who have issues of high blood pressure or are on the borderline of it. It is found that when water fasting was done under doctor’s supervision, there were positive results noted among these people.
- Regulates the hormonal sensitivity:
Another very important benefit that was recorded in the body during and after water fasting was the improvement in the sensitivity of hormones like insulin and leptin. Insulin works for storing the food. On the other hand, leptin is responsible for converting the food into energy. Water fasting helps in increasing the sensitivity of these two hormones, making them work better.
- The Wrong Weight Loss:
You may lose weight but as your body is missing out on all the important nutrients that it needs, you might lose good fats. In the long run, you may end up gaining weight faster than you lose it.
It may sound unusual but it can happen. Food gives us a good amount of water that we need. However, during water fasting, you may just consume the regular amount of your water intake that can result in dehydration.
- Missing out on nutrients:
Water fasting does sound appealing as the ultimate goal of weight loss is achieved, but it is not at all positive if the body is missing out on all the important nutrients that it needs to work.
The bottom line
In the end, it is safe to say that any diet or fasting plan shouldn’t be done without proper medical supervision. Water fasting may give you results, but it is not really recommended. It has been found beneficial yet there isn’t any proper study related to water fasting. It’s best that take a proper nutrient-enriched diet for sustainable results.