(Closed) Fasting…is it safe?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

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
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Newbee

Fasting is safe as long as you keep hydrated and your blood sugar up. Try a juice cleanse! They’re amazing. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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. 

My suggestion?

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@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 # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve done one fast in my life and I binged at the end of it. Would not recommend.

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