You might be wondering how much weight you can lose on a 14-day water fast. It’s worth noting that this isn’t an appropriate approach for weight loss, and it’s not advised to try this diet on your own unless you have the supervision of a doctor or other medical professional with expertise in the area of clinical nutrition and fasting protocols. Even then, it should only be done under controlled conditions, as it could have serious side effects if not performed properly.
Why do you want to water fast?
When it comes to weight loss, there are many paths to take. From diet pills and supplements, to fad diets and detoxes, most people have tried at least one of these avenues. But if you’re truly interested in losing weight safely and effectively — that is, lose fat and not muscle — fasting may be your best bet. That’s because researchers have found that intermittent fasting can help your body burn fat for fuel rather than glucose
(1). In other words, intermittent fasting essentially transforms your body into a fat-burning machine! That means no more counting calories or eating bland meals; you will feel satisfied while losing weight quickly
(2). Water fasting involves only consuming water for 14 days straight — no food.
What water fasting is not
Fasting from all food. Many people mistakenly think that water fasting means fasting from all food and/or drink, not just water. Some people also erroneously believe that you can use herbal teas, coffee or tea, etc., as a way to break your fast. It’s important to remember that fasting is only drinking water; no solid foods are consumed during any part of a fast. If you consume anything other than water (including herbal teas), it will invalidate your fast and make it impossible for you to reach full ketones. You should also avoid exercise while fasting unless medically necessary because it may cause insulin resistance, which will kick you out of ketones. Finally, if you want to lose weight while fasting, remember that calorie restriction is a must—you need to burn more calories than you take in each day. The best way to do so is by exercising moderately throughout your fast.
Detox while fasting – its benefits and how it works
Fasting, whether it’s for a few hours or up to 14 days, can be one of the best ways to kick start your body into weight loss mode. That’s because when you’re fasting and running low on glucose (aka carbs), your body will start converting its fat stores into ketones. When you experience ketones and appetite suppression it triggers what experts call autophagy: It’s like when your body decides to reboot itself because it wants to be healthy again. You’ll know that autophagy is happening if you don’t feel hungry during your fast and then suddenly experience intense cravings once you start eating again.
When you’re planning to go on a fast of any length, it’s important to plan ahead. To ensure that your body has enough time to adjust and allow itself time to work through any issues you may experience as you start fasting, give yourself at least 2 weeks before your intended start date. Your body needs some time to get ready for such an extreme change. Ideally, you should choose a 2 or 3 day fast so that if there are any issues, they can be resolved without having made too much impact on your life. A general rule of thumb is to fast 1 day for every year that you are alive — though not everyone will have issues with such long fasts.
Day 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
If you’re looking to lose weight, you should eat between 1,200 and 1,600 calories per day. Stick with whole foods and limit processed foods as much as possible. If you want to speed up your results even more, try skipping breakfast every day. When your body is used to fasting from when you sleep, it will adjust to burning fat for energy instead of sugar. However, if you can’t skip breakfast for whatever reason—maybe your job doesn’t allow it or there are kids in your house—simply eating healthy can have amazing results even if it takes longer than five days to see them. Day 6 & 7: You should be able to lose about one pound per day during your fast. Don’t worry if you don’t hit that number exactly; just focus on losing consistently each week. Since we tend to get rid of water weight first, we recommend weighing yourself once a week at most during your fast. As long as you continue to drop pounds each week, keep going! Remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so you might actually gain weight during your fast (but don’t worry about that).