Starvation: A good thing when concerning the Obese. - page 6

After doing some research, I have yet to see a reason why an obese person would not want to just fast their way down to a healthy body fat percentage. If anyone can raise some legitimate points for... Read More

  1. by   ahsitters
    Maybe you should seek a doctor supervised diet instead of believing things you read on the internet and manipulating physiology research. Sounds like you are heading in the wrong direction, or better yet speark to a RD.
  2. by   mabebu
    I'm not going to weigh in on whether fasting is or is not a good way to lose weight...

    But I'm curious, do you think you would be able to fast for that length of time? I had to fast for two days for a bowel prep and I thought my stomach was going to eat my pancreas....If you haven't tested it, you might want to try going a day or two without food to see how well you can function. You may learn that fasting is not for you.

    IMO, Slimfast works pretty well and is not all that different from fasting
  3. by   augigi
    The OP asked if fasting can lead to a "healthy" body fat.

    No. Fasting is NOT HEALTHY.

    Of course you'll lose weight if input is less than output. It is not sustainable (there is any number of articles I just found which say that the only people who were able to maintain longterm weight loss were those who maintained both moderate caloric restriction and exercise).

    Just look at the bariatric data to see the effects - people get literally malnourished. They have to take a stack of supplements, and their hair falls out regardless. They lose weight sure, but they are NOT healthy.

    Just depends on the risk/benefit ratio like any other intervention. If you're about to drop dead from cardiac failure, perhaps a severely restricted short term diet would be beneficial. In the longterm, it is not sustainable. Period. If you need data on this, check out the longterm results of appetite suppressant medications. They basically speed up the metabolism AND ensure moderate fasting, and people bounce back to the same or greater weight as soon as they stop the therapy and start eating again.

    If you need to lose weight, go and seek the help of a professional dietician, and start slowly to introduce exercise. It really is the only way to succeed.
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from mabebu
    I'm not going to weigh in on whether fasting is or is not a good way to lose weight...

    But I'm curious, do you think you would be able to fast for that length of time? I had to fast for two days for a bowel prep and I thought my stomach was going to eat my pancreas....If you haven't tested it, you might want to try going a day or two without food to see how well you can function. You may learn that fasting is not for you.

    IMO, Slimfast works pretty well and is not all that different from fasting

    I'm the same way. I personally think my mind and body is constitutionally incapable of fasting. I get severely aggitated and even cardboard looks good. They say you have to work past that, but I can't seem to do it.

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