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FASTING IS a great way to lose weight quickly. But when you are fasting to lose weight, you’ll want to do it sensibly and safely by using these seven principles:

1. Try juice fasting before you try water-only fasting. Juice fasting is easier. Water-only fasting is more uncomfortable. Begin gently and get used to it. If fasting to lose weight is unfamiliar to you, if you’ve never done it before, beginning gradually is especially important. Read more about the differences here: Juice fasting. Water fasting.

2. Begin by fasting for only one day. You probably have some fears about fasting to lose weight, and those fears can make your fast more unpleasant than it needs to be. So give yourself a chance to discover how safe and relatively easy fasting can be by going only one day.

The easiest way to fast for one day is to eat breakfast, and then don’t eat anything else until breakfast the next day. The next easiest is to eat dinner like normal, and then don’t eat the next day at all, going to bed without eating, and then resume eating the following day with breakfast.

Then try fasting for two days. Do that a few times before trying three days.

3. Fast on days off. You will occasionally feel sluggish and foggy-minded while fasting, so don’t put extra pressure on yourself by fasting to lose weight while working when you have to be energetic or mentally sharp. Make your fast a retreat. A spa day. A day of relaxation. In the short run it might seem to be a good idea to burn as much energy as possible while you’re fasting, but in the long run, it will probably discourage you from ever trying it again. Be sensible. Be safe.

4. Drink plenty of water. There’s nothing magical about water. It won’t flush fat out of your body. But one of the fundamentals of fasting to lose weight is drinking plenty of water because your body normally retains water. When you fast, your body releases that water, and you will get thirsty. You should drink more water while fasting than you usually do because most foods are partly or mostly water, so you routinely take in more water than you think you do.

5. Eat healthy food before you start. While fasting to lose weight, you will not get any nutrition (on a water-only fast) or very little nutrition (on a juice fast), so if you are already deficient in some nutrient, you will become even more deficient during the fast.

6. Eat healthy afterwards. Fasting is a great way to help you improve your diet. Everything tastes great after a fast, so when you’re fasting to lose weight, you can start your new way of eating fairly easily and painlessly after the fast. At that time, eating healthier won’t feel like a deprivation. Even a piece of fruit feels like a luxurious indulgence after a fast. Use this to your advantage.

A fast won’t do you a lot of good if you keep eating unhealthily after the fast. Try to improve your diet, if only a little, after every fast.

7. Get up slowly. You will have a tendency to feel lightheaded when you stand up after sitting while fasting. Your blood pressure is lower than normal because you’re not retaining water. You can actually pass out, so be careful. Get up slowly. If you feel you’re going to pass out, sit back down. If you still feel like you’re going to pass out, lie down on the ground and raise your feet up about six inches. This will keep the blood from leaving your head. When you get up, get up slowly.

Make or read comments on fasting here. Share your experiences with fasting, ask questions about it, and read about others' experiences.

Read a personal account of my longest fast yet: Fasting, Metabolism, and Happiness.

I've read a lot of books on fasting. I didn't think many of them were very good. But I found two I really liked, and I recommend them if you're interested in trying a fast:

Fasting: An Exceptional Human Experience
Principles of Fasting

Author: Adam Khan
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