Have you ever tried fasting to lose weight? Some people try fasting as a last resort diet attempt. We become so obsessed with our weight that we will try anything to become thin. However, fasting diets can potentially be damaging if done for a prolonged period of time. There are many other diet approaches that allow you to lose weight in a natural and healthy way.

Fasting is not always a simple matter of not eating for a period of time; some well-known fasting diets allow dieters to drink supplements in order to help the fasting process. One fasting to lose weight diet is called the Master Cleanse. This fasting diet consist of drinking water that is mixed with maple syrup, lemon juice and pepper. This drink is used for up to ten days. Another type of fasting diet requires its followers to drink fresh juice instead of food.

When you are fasting to lose weight, your body's metabolism slows down. This is due to the fact that your body is not getting the nutrients and calories that it needs. It naturally slows the metabolism down in order to preserve energy. When the fasting part of the diet is over, and you begin to eat again, you will gain back the weight quickly due to your lowered metabolism. Ultimately, fasting to lose weight is counterproductive.

There are also many side effects of fasting for weight loss if done incorrectly or for an extended amount of time. Some of these include headache, fatigue, dizziness, dehydration, mental confusion and constipation. Beyond that, you may also experience hypoglycemia, anemia and gallstones. If you begin to experience these side effects, stop fasting immediately and contact a medical professional.

Fasting can also cause damage to your muscles. When you do not get the caloric intake that you need, the cortisol in your body will begin to take amino acids from your muscles. The amino acids then turn into sugar which travels to the brain, blood cells and kidneys. This makes you lose muscle and potentially gain more weight.

If you are looking for a diet that will help you to lose weight, then it is best to choose one that is healthy and has lasting results. One healthy approach to weight lose is the non-diet plan. This plan works with your body to help you lose weight. You allow your body to tell you what it needs. You will lose weight by eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. This approach to dieting will also help you build confidence and a healthy relationship with food.

Author's Bio: 

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