Post # 1
Wondering if any of you have tried fasting before? My personal trainer suggested that I do a three day fast now that spring is here to rid my body of toxins. I am a little scared because I have never done fasting before and I don’t know what to expect. Here is the 3 day plan he gave me
-One small apple
Day Two (only water):
-Hand full of nuts ***only if needed
Post # 3
I would die or end up killing someone due to crankiness. Just saying…
Is your trainer a nutritionist as well? I think you should definitely see a doctor before trying something like this.
Post # 4
Fasting is safe as long as you keep hydrated and your blood sugar up. Try a juice cleanse! They’re amazing.
Post # 5
I would hope that any responsible trainer would have told you to just give a quick call to your doctor’s office first and make sure you’re ok to fast.
Normally, it’s safe. But if you have any underlying conditions (diabetes being an obvious one) or any conditions where you take medication daily, it can adversely affect the medication absorption. Also, if you have any history of fainting, getting lightheaded, etc, it may be unwise. Since this is your trainer that’s suggesting it, I assume he is wanting you to work out while not eating for 3 days? That’s normally not the healthiest idea there.
Personally, I think that these ‘cleanse fasts’ are a bunch of BS. The idea of cleansing your body after years of poor eating habits by eating only an apple for 3 days is unrealistic at best. As a mental ‘break’ from the bad habits and starting over with good ones, it may be helpful. But physically…there’s no real evidence to support it.
Post # 6
I don’t think fasting is ever a good idea (unless it’s for religious reasons). By doing this you trick your body into starvation mode… all it’s going to do is make your body want to hold on to fat. I also read something and watched a segment about clenses. Basically it is NOT good for your intestinal tract at all. Something about the lining being damaged. I’ll have to find the exact article.
Cut back as much salt and processed foods as you can. Eat fresh stuff!
Drink more water.
Cut out any drugs (caffine, otc, smoking)
Post # 7
I’ve done a couple of cleanses before, but they’re not that much fun and I wouldn’t recommend them. They make you upset and irritable because you’re not eating, give you headaches and I had really low energy from the lack of food, and a lot (not all) of people end up binging afterwards. But if you’re really wanting to do one, I agree with PP and say you go for a juice cleanse, preferably juicing yourself. That way you’re sure you’re getting healthy clean ingredients, and also you’re getting enough daily vitamins for the duration.
Post # 8
Yeah I’d be irritable, get a headache, and then at the end of the day if I’d see a plate of cookies, I’d probably binge on the whole works. I don’t believe in fasting.
If you’re fasting and then working out with a trainer, you should be eating the calories you burn. I have a feeling you are going to have a medical issue onset from fasting and working out. As long as you eat healthy and work out you can lose weight and be strong.
Post # 9
No. They are not safe. And no, you shouldn’t do it to lose weight. All you will lose is water weight and you will gain that back in a week.
Post # 10
@MariContrary: Yes, he is a nutritionist as well. I was surprised when he told me he expected me to continue my workouts (intense hypertrophy & cardio) during the fast. He said I should still be able to do the same workouts with no problem.
Also, the reason he is suggesting this is to rid my body of toxins, not for any type of weight loss benefits. He said I would probably lose some weight, but only water weight that I would gain back. Apparently he does this fast for 10 days every other month. I would be such a B after ten days with barely any food!
Post # 11
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@MrsDeLovely: I personally would be finding another trainer. He fasts for 10 days every other month. That is definitely not healthy! I would find all of his advice suspect after he told me that.
Post # 12
@beachbride1216: Oops! Edit post ***5-10 days every other month. Still crazy though! Yeah, I have thought about it but he has worked with several people I know and they are in such great shape after working with him. He really does a great job tailoring a workout program to each individual. I will say I think he is a little nutty after hearing all of your responses. Maybe i’ll just stick to working out with him…lol
Post # 13
I doubt he knows what a toxin even is. There is a specific medical/biological definition. Fasting will not remove toxins. I wouldn’t take medical advice from someone who isn’t even sure what they are talking about from a medical standpoint.
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist here (and I assume there as well). There is no training required.
Post # 14
Yikes, I would also hire another trainer. Not eating for multiple days at a time, or even one day, is not healthy and can wreak havoc on your metabolism and cause other problems. Is he expecting you to also work out on the days you’re hardly eating? That is definitely not a good idea. If he fasts for ten days at a time regularly, it sounds like he has some sort of disordered eating that he apparently also passes onto his clients.
Post # 15
I would definitely not recommend a 3 day fast. Especially if you want to keep working out and all that.
However, I have read a number of articles on “intermmitent fasting” where basically, you extend your overnight fast to about 14-16 hours (14 for women and 16 for men). So, you’d just be pushing breakfast forward to 10 or noon (depending on dinner time) and skipping the cream and sugar in your coffee.
What this does, is still gives your body plenty of nourishment, protein, etc during the day because you’ll be eating approximately the same amout as before, but this is a more natural eating schedule for your body to empty out everyday and become more efficient. If you also exercise in the morning on an empty stomach (and then obviously break your fast right after) you can increase your endurance (glycogen stores, VO2 max/cardio) more quickly and will tend to burn more fat and become leaner since your body will be using the same amount of calories *differently*. This is NOT starving. It’s schedule-changing. I find that I eat way better more easily this way.
I also recommend going for more fruits and veggies, lots of fresh meats, fish, whole grains, and cutting down on processed foods. That makes a big difference too. And sleeping well.
Look into it and see if you’re interested. Good luck 🙂
Post # 16
I’ve done one fast in my life and I binged at the end of it. Would not recommend.