Warning: This post contains descriptions of a diet similar to eating disorders such an anorexia and may be triggering for some readers.
So you decided to try to get a little healthier in 2018 and now you’re trying to figure out how? Well, there’s one diet we can say you should definitely not under any circumstances try.
It’s called the Water Diet or Water Fast. And it’s not so much a “diet” but a synonym for starvation.
Basically, the diet involves drinking only water, and possibly (milk and sugarless) tea and coffee for as many days as you can manage, and eating NO FOOD.
What to Expect During a Water Fast- Fasting is a time for rest, not exertion. Don’t plan on running any marathons during your fast. You should do some yoga or meditative walks. Your body will want to sleep more than usual—let it. Listen to your body; you may need 12 hours or more of sleep each night, and naps during the day. Do not be alarmed; this is part of the process. Relax and embrace it. Drink 1-2 gallons of water every day. Don’t drink it all at once. Space it out over the course of the day to keep yourself properly hydrated and increase satiety. I won’t lie; the first couple days are going to be tough. You will likely experience some unpleasant symptoms like hunger, irritability, headaches, or disorientation. Fortunately, your body is resilient and should quickly adapt. You should start feeling better around the third or fourth day. Many people even report a feeling of euphoria at this point. Water Fasting Tips and Tricks Here are a couple fasting tips that can make your experience go a little more smoothly. Read Books are a faster’s best friend. When fasting, it’s important to both rest your body and keep your mind occupied. Now would be a good time to catch up on your reading. Reading is a fantastic low-energy way to keep your mind engaged. Set Realistic Goals Be realistic about your goals. Why are you doing this cleanse? To help a particular health issue? To lose weight? Set simple, clear, achievable goals. Meditation is good and promotes a healthy connection between body and mind. Many people find that meditating can be a great way to help control cravings and strengthen resolve. Others report that feelings of hunger distract them from mediation. Find what works best for you. After the Fast After the fast, you must resist the urge to overindulge, especially in the first few days. While you may dream of gorging yourself, your rebooted digestive system simply cannot handle it yet. At this point, rich food would cause you severe discomfort, or possibly serious complications. Instead, break your fast slowly. Start by drinking only juices and detox waters, then broths, and gradually add in solid foods. #waterfast #water #healthyteacher #fasting #newyear
To us, this sounds like a ridiculously bad idea, and yet it has hundreds of people posting about it on social media. So rather than trust our own logic alone, we consulted with a dietitian to find out how this could possibly be healthy.
Initially lost for words when we posed the question to her, accredited practising dietician and nutritionist Olivia Bates confirmed this diet is not one bit healthy and is in fact, very dangerous.
“Basically that is going to put your body into starvation mode,” she told Mamamia.
“It’s literally just a fasting diet and the major issue with those is that the body can’t maintain it, because all of your organs require energy to function.”