Today I’m going to show you how water fasting (with a twist) will help you get results and get in better shape without changing what you eat or doing a single exercise.
When it comes to the “drink only water” diet for weight loss, I’m sure you think you’ve heard it all. You know its advantages, disadvantages, pros, cons etc… everyone’s touting the same old story.
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It’s not my place to decide whether water fasting works or not or if it has any dangerous side effects or not. I’m not here to tell you whether “traditional” water fasting will result in good or bad things for you. That’s up to you to research and decide for yourself.
What I am offering, however, is an alternative approach that is guaranteed to have only positive results and effects on your body. So let’s get started.
Here’s a more detailed explanation:
What is Water Fasting?
Let’s ask our old friend Wikipedia.
“Water fasting is a type of fasting in which the practitioner consumes only water.”
Another source says:
“A true water fast maintains a zero caloric intake. This means water only, nothing added to it. Some call it the only “true” fast…” –
Does water fasting work? Does it get results?
In the paragraphs below I’ll make a case against traditional water fasting. I’ll cite some sources that talk about why water wasting may be useless. These are the sources that made me come up with this “reverse water fasting” approach instead.
However, some studies and some people claim water fasting does help if you do it right. Personally, I don’t want to convince you one way or the other. In fact, I’d like you to make up your own mind. So here are the best sources you can check out to see the other side of the story:
If you feel confused, just don’t forget: we don’t need any crazy science to see for sure that my “reversed” approach works, no matter what. So if you hate reading and relying on contradicting studies as much as I do, I suggest you follow this approach and you’ll be just fine.
I have some good news and some bad news.
Let’s start with the bad first:
Personally, and this is just my opinion, I believe these types of extreme methods don’t have any place in a successful weight loss plan (whether you follow a dumbbell workout or a calisthenics workout). If you’re following the right diet and do your workouts correctly, you don’t need a single day of fasting if your only goal is to lose weight and get in shape. I say this based on personal experience and a little research I did (that I’ll show you below).
But who cares what I think? Here’s what our old friend Wikipedia has to say:
“While there is no established body of scientific evidence showing that any detoxification occurs because of water fasting, there is evidence of harmful side effects from such diets.”
And Wiki cites two sources. Let me highlight the most important parts:
“Nutrition experts are sounding the alarm over possible risks from lengthy or repeated fasts. Vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood-sugar problems — not to mention frequent liquid bowel movements — are some of the seriously unpleasant drawbacks to these plans, which are skimpy on solid foods and often call for laxatives.”
What?! You say frequent liquid bowel movements? Count me out!
But if that isn’t enough to deter you, here’s some more news:
“Your body does a perfectly good job of getting rid of toxins on its own,” says Dr. Nasir Moloo, a gastroenterologist with Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants Medical Group in Sacramento, Calif. “There’s no evidence that these types of diets are necessary or helpful.”
The other source says:
“Whereas a 1-day fast is likely to be harmless (though useless), prolonged fasting can be fatal.”
So let’s get this straight: “traditional” water fasting
. might be totally useless
. might be actually harmful
. might not be the best cleanse for weight loss
. and worst of all, it might make you go to the bathroom all the time!
. So this was the bad news.
Here’s why you don’t have to panic, though:
Now that I shattered your fantasies about ever losing weight or getting in good shape, here’s the good news!
Water fasting is guaranteed to work… with this twist
It doesn’t require you to starve yourself.
It has no negative side effects.
It’s not even a big sacrifice.
It works for men and women alike.
It’s free (heck, it will help you save money).
Personally I think it’s one of the most overlooked, but most effective and easy ways to lose fat. Just see Abel James’ post about how to lose 25 pounds with one simple trick. Spoiler alert: it’s the same trick that I’m talking about here.
The twist is: keep eating as usual… but drink only water. Instead of a “food fast” do a “high-calorie-beverage fast”.
You see, many people obsess over what they eat and how often they work out. But they forget that what they drink is just as important.
And it IS important:
“The average American gets about 21 percent of his or her calories from beverages.”
That’s 21 freakin’ percent!
Imagine how much better you’d look and feel if you got rid of 21% of the extra weight you want to lose… without even trying!
When it comes to weight loss, many people are looking for easy fixes and fast results. They don’t want to do any exercises or even change what they eat.
Not drinking your calories is that “quick fix” solution! Yet it’s so overlooked that it boggles my mind.
Of course drinking only water is not going to turn you into a fitness model by itself. But it’s one hell of a start..
How Much Water Should You Drink?
That’s a great question. Here are the best resources that answer it:
How to Make Water Taste Better?
There’s just one difficulty with this tip: water is one hell of a boring drink.
Water is tasteless, unexciting and you can see right through it… almost like me trying to pick up a girl.
Here are some ideas about how you can make drinking water more exciting:
. squeeze in some lemon or lime juice
. throw in some lemon or lime slices
. experiment with teas (elderberry, green tea and Summer Tea works best for me)
. add some cinnamon or herbs (parsley, mint etc…)
. drink sparkling water for a change.
One of my favorite beverages (that I invented!) is something I call Summer Tea. It’s just the right mixture of lemon grass, church steeples and elderberry.
You can get these ingredients separately at any decent tea store.
Brew the tea as usual and then throw it into the fridge to let it cool (or add some ice cubes if you’re impatient).
Drinking this ice cold tea with just a hint of honey is enough to make you forget about sugary beverages for a lifetime. (To be honest, it tastes wonderful even without honey.)
It goes without saying that you should avoid adding sugar to your drinks like the plague.
Generally, I drink my beverages without any sweeteners. Sometimes I add a spoonful of honey to make the taste better, but that’s it.
Depending on how strict you want to be with yourself you can use less or more sweeteners. Just make sure you don’t add so much that you might as well be drinking soda.
Prepare your drink the night before!
One of the best ways to make sure you don’t drink garbage throughout the day is to prepare your beverage the night before.
Back when I started my “water fasting with a twist” I used to think that I’d have enough time in the morning to prepare a lemonade or tea.
Man, was I wrong!
Since then I realized that in the morning rush I hardly have time to get dressed and head out. I don’t even have 20 seconds to squeeze some lemon juice into my water, let alone wait 15 minutes to prepare my tea.
So I’m usually stuck with three options:
quickly fill a bottle with tap water and drink that tasteless s*it all day
buy waaay overpriced bottled water and drink that tasteless s*it all day
buy a bottle of sugary garbage and drink that high-calorie stuff all day (worst option).
Chances are, it will be the same for you… unless you prepare your drink the night before, when you have plenty of time.
Prepare your drink in big quantities!
When I was starting “water fasting” as a student, I used to prepare only enough drink to last until I was in my classes. By the time I got home, I completely ran out of my healthy concoction. So of course I always ended up drinking garbage when I got back.
What’s the lesson here?
Always prepare your healthy drinks in BIG quantities so that you have something decent to drink during the whole day.
Stop buying unhealthy drinks and don’t keep any at home. That’s the best way to fight temptation. Your health and your wallet will thank you for it!
What about drinking alcohol?
Unfortunately, alcohol isn’t an exception either.
According to MyFitnessPal:
63% of Americans have one or more of these [high-calorie] beverages on any given day, and total calories per day from sweetened drinks has gone up in the last 20 years by 29% to over 200 calories per day. That doesn’t include alcohol, which in the survey accounted for another 99 calories per day!
So yep, alcohol contains a ton of empty calories, too (depending on what type of alcohol you drink, of course). So I’m definitely not suggesting that instead of drinking soda and sugary beverages you turn into an alcoholic.
Neither am I suggesting that you give up your social life and live like a hermit from now on.
Depending on how strict you want to be with yourself (i.e.: how quickly you want to see results) a couple of beers every week (I didn’t say every day!) fit right in.
Just make sure you don’t go overboard.
You can use this calculator to see how many empty calories you take in by drinking alcohol each week.
So there you have it. That’s how you can use this reimagined version of water fasting to lose fat without changing what you eat or doing a single exercise.
Ok, it requires a little sacrifice. But unlike traditional fasting it’s far easier to stick with and you don’t need to starve yourself to lose those stubborn pounds. It’s also guaranteed to work and doesn’t have any negative side effects.
If you agree and you’re ready to implement it in your daily life, please leave a comment below! Also, I’d appreciate a Facebook share or Twitter tweet if you found this post helpful. Thanks!
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