Many people will try just about anything to lose weight as quickly as possible, including fasting for weight loss. This is why there are so many fad diets on the market and why this billion dollar industry is making many people rich off of our insecurities, impatience and lack of understanding. When you watch television you'll notice that there are just too many advertisements of so many kinds of weight loss systems that promise a miracle cure to lose weight. Naturally, when we see the thin models we feel even more insecure.
Fasting for weight loss is not something new; the concept of fasting is as old as the Bible. But, is it effective for weight loss? And is it effective a long term solution? Well, the answer is both yes and no. Yes, it will cause you to lose weight because anyone who does not eat for a period of time will lose weight no matter what their body type is. A person would normally burn 2,000 calories a day without exercise, just by doing their normal day to day activities.
When a person goes on a fast there are no calories taken in your system, but you still burn the ones stored in your body. This however makes your body go into a "survival mode" where your metabolism slows down to maximize the stored fat in your body in order to survive.
There is no question that fasting is good for a short period of time. It can give our digestive system a break and help to detoxify our system of all different types of impurities. But, fasting for longer periods of time is dangerous and may lead to serious medical complications and others like anorexia. Fasting is advised not for weight loss, but for a periodical cleansing of our system. The weight loss that people experience during fasting is just a side effect of the cleansing process, but must not be the goal.
This is why fasting for weight loss is not effective. Your body's metabolism slows down, and whatever weight loss you experience will return and may even double if you are not careful. Since the body's system has been cleansed, you will need less food to do the same activities that you normally do. But if you eat the same amount of food before the fast, then you are more than likely to gain weight, and even double your size because your metabolism has slowed down.
Fasting for weight loss is not effective in the long run because it is not designed for this purpose. There are much better diet plans available that can help you lose weight and become more healthy.