Viral Video- 28 Day Water Fast For Weight Loss
There are so many diets and approaches to weight loss out there, but not one as extreme as this!
A video, which has gone viral, shows a young man named Jay, who is popular on YouTube documenting his weight loss progress. In the video Jay explains how he is unhappy with his weight and has attempted many times and with various methods to lose weight.
He explains he lost roughly 50lbs, over two months, following a “normal” fat loss diet, which involved eating healthy and going to the gym. However, after going on holiday and enjoying the Christmas festivities, he regained the weight he worked so hard to lose, putting on 10kg (22 lbs).
Gaining some weight during the holidays is common, you may gain a few pounds from eating a few extra treats or drinks. Relaxing and enjoying your time away or with family and friends is important for living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. However, like many, there is no need to go over board, I have previously written a post on how to avoid the holiday weight gain. A study found that the weight gained during the holiday period is never lost. The weight is retained indefinitely, pound after pound, year after year. This is why preventing holiday weight gain is so important considering the increase in obesity.
What Jay Decide To Do
As a result of the weight gain, Jay understandably felt discouraged. He explained that he no longer wanted to go through the dieting process and therefore decided to take more drastic measures to lose weight. Jay outlines to his viewers how he came across water fasting and how he decided to give it a go to help him lose weight.
He began his water fast on February 7, 2017, weighing 112kg (247lbs) and measuring 6’2”.
During this period he documented the process for his YouTube channel, taking progress pictures on a weekly basis to show the dramatic changes in his weight.
By the end of the 28 days fast, he had dropped 23.6kg (52 lbs).
Is the 28 Day Water Fast Healthy?
Throughout the video, Jay provides disclaimers, pointing out how if you are under the age of 18 and not overweight or obese you should not attempt the water fast. Furthermore, he reiterates that if you decide to do the water fast it is important that you do it the correct way to avoid the one thing we all assume would happen during a 28 day water fast, and that is death.
It is important to note here that only drinking water, with no food, for 28 days is a serious topic and should not be taken lightly without fully understanding the health ramifications.
While throughout the video Jay outlined the various health benefits of a water fast, he also explains the side effects of undertaking such a fast (which he experienced). They included, terrible sleep, substantial hunger initially, dehydration (as your body does not have any salt in it's system, your body cannot retain any water). As well as severe lack of energy (especially near the end of his fast) he stated that for one whole day he remained in bad due to severe tiredness and lack of energy.
While he did lose a substantial amount of weight, I do not agree with the approach he took to lose it. Although there are benefits to fasting, there are severe side effects such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Water Fasting for too long can lead to potassium deficiencies which can result in your heart to fail.
Fad and short term diets are not the best for weight loss, sure you lose weight, but it is not true weight loss. These types of diets are not maintainable or sustainable. Such dieting methods do not instill healthy eating or life changing habits. Once the extreme diet is over, you will have gone back to your bad eating habits and poor lifestyle choices.
The most healthy, sustainable and safe way to lose weight is to follow a healthy lifestyle, which includes; eating whole foods, exercising regularly and tracking your macronutrients, if you need to help understanding portion sizes. The weight lost during these fad diets is temporary. Once you finish them and you start eating, you regain the weight and them some. No extreme or drastic changes are necessary to lose weight. It is important to follow a lifestyle that you can adhere to for the long term.
Undertaking such a fast does not allow you to be very active, as you are not fueling your body which energy (food). Jay mentions how it was going to the gym during his water fast, however, he was obviously not able to do very much. He says he lifted very light weight, did one set for each muscle group for a few sets, just still stimulate the muscles, but did not break a sweat. Going to the gym and lifting weights while on a water fast is clearly very dangerous, your body is more weak, your bones more fragile and you lack the energy to move let alone exercise. Therefore, while completing such a fast you limit your ability to build muscle or even retain your muscle.
Opting to live a healthy but also flexible lifestyle over the next dieting craze allows you to not only see results when it comes weight loss but also see positive changes to your mindset. Your life will no longer become repetitive, your weight loss journey will no longer take over your life. You will not be waiting for that end date to come because it is not a diet.
Remember a healthy and sustainable weight loss is a journey. It may take some time, but you will certainly enjoy your life more and keep your health.
What do you think of the water fast? Have you ever tried another type of fasting or fad diet before to lose weight?
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