Water fasting is popular in the wellness world, but you should approach it with caution. Fasting is nothing new. One of the most popular liquid diets, the Master Cleanse, was created in the s by Stanley Burrough, a self-taught alternative medicine practitioner. Long before fasting became popular for health or fitness reasons, fasting was and still is practiced for religious or spiritual reasons. Fasting rituals such as those adopted during Ramadan—the month-long tradition in the Muslim community that entails strict fasting from sunrise to sunset—serve as periods of spiritual renewal and reflection for participants. People and companies who promote fasting often use the religious example as an explanation as to why extended fasting is healthy and acceptable. Another common argument is that our paleolithic ancestors went for long periods of time without access to food, so we should also be able to. Today, there are many different detox diets that promise to cleanse the body of toxins, promote weight loss, and improve health. There are several potential benefits to water fasting, but keep in mind that the science on water fasting in humans is limited.
There is one rule for intermittent fasting: no eating or drinking calorie foods during your fasting period. That means that you can drink water, coffee, and zero-calorie beverages are allowed during the fast, but no solid foods. Yes, you can drink while fasting but you cannot eat while fasting. All solid foods have calories and therefore, they will break your fast. Bulletproof coffee is not a zero-calorie drink; however, there have been studies that have shown that the health benefits outweigh the fast, and that is why after 12 hours, I choose to extend the fast with it. You can drink non-caloric drinks like water, tea, zero-calorie drinks although some artificial sugars have shown to cause insulin spikes, and black coffee. If you are having trouble omitting from eating and need to stretch your fast, I recommend hot drinks since they generally give one a feeling of being full. There are no solid foods you can eat while fasting, sorry!
There are two kinds of diets: healthy and unhealthy. A good diet helps you adopt a healthier lifestyle, keeping you active and eating good-for-you foods, not cutting you off from essential nutrients. Anything else might promise quick weight-loss results, but spoiler alert: you’ll just end up gaining the weight back. A water diet is no different. It’s one of the dieting trends, with many variations that all have one thing in common: they’re extreme. You don’t eat and only drink water. Some water diets tell you to drink water for a few days, but let you add in fruits and vegetables once you’ve begun to lose weight.