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Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. On Amanda Explains It I like to talk about all things health, fitness, lifestyle, wellness, and nutrition. Recently I’ve seen and researched a lot of different
“diet” trends that popped up over the last 5 months or so. I decided that I want to cover these different “diets” so that way before you attempt to change your current “diet” you know if it’s worth trying or if it’s just a fad. Also, I don’t like to use to word “diet” I like to think the way of eating healthy and being active is a lifestyle. Lifestyle is long term “diet” represents short term. Now that I’ve got that out of the way if you want to know more about Dry Fasting then keep on reading.
A disclaimer: Before changing your current
“diet” always consult your doctor or health care provider to make sure it’s this “diet” or any “diet” is right for you. Not all “diets” will work for you and everybody’s bodies are different.
Do not under any circumstances attempt to go without water for more than 24-48 hours at a time. It doesn’t matter how many articles and expert advice you may come across on the internet, going without water for more than three days can lead to severe consequences and may even be fatal in some extreme cases (think hunger strikes and starvation).
Dry fasting is a type of fasting where you don’t consume food or water for a certain period. Although it has recently been growing in popularity in the modern world, dry fasting is ancient and has been in use for thousands of years, mainly for religious purposes. It can be performed for a limited period or be combined with intermittent fasting for long term use.
Dry fasting is a fasting protocol that doesn’t allow water or any liquid consumption whatsoever for a certain period. It has been practiced since ancient times, mainly for religious and spiritual reasons.
For examples, many Christians practice dry fast on certain days of the week or during certain days of the calendar. Muslims practice dry, intermittent fasting during the month of Ramadan where they go without food and water for roughly 12-20 hours per day. Pregnant women and those with certain health conditions are usually exempted from religious fastings.
Going without food or water is not a fun experience. When you do a dry fast while on a high carb diet, your body will use the stored glycogen as glucose for energy and then switch to ketogenesis when the stored glycogen level depletes. Once the glycogen level becomes insufficient, your body will convert fatty acids into ketones for fuel (so if you are looking into the ketogenic diet then this will be a good starting point.)
100 grams of beta-hydroxybutyrate produce 10 500 grams of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP); whereas 100 grams of glucose produces 8 700 grams of ATP.
ATP plays a vital role as an energy carrier, and since ketone bodies produce more of it than glucose, it also means they’ll give you more energy to keep going through the dry fast than glucose.
While fasting does have some proven health benefits, extreme forms of fasting such as prolonged dry fasting can lead to starvation related consequences. In some cases, it can result in degeneration and death. 70% of your body weight is made up of water, and that should hint its importance for survival. As far as research is concerned, you can survive without food for several weeks and usually up to 30 days before starvation symptoms begin to invade.
Steps For Dry Fasting
1.) Once you have consulted an expert and made up your mind about undertaking dry fasting, pick a date. It will be tough for you to do a dry fast when you are required to be productive.
2.) As a test run, first try out the soft dry fasting where you can have water and juice to check how mentally and physically prepared you are to do it. It is said that if someone has a lot of toxins in the body, the body releases excessive amounts of toxins in this fasting period, making the person feel dull and lethargic.
3.) Once you pick a date, try to start mild detox a week in advance. Have coconut water and pink salt too. Eliminate caffeine from your routine and add more liquids and salad to your diet. Gradually cut down on your calorie intake and drink plenty of water, such that your urine is crystal clear before you enter the dry fasting phase.
4.) Treat your body gently when you are dry fasting. Engage in activities that calm your senses like yoga, meditation etc. Avoid being in the sunlight or any environment that drains your energy. Try journaling your journey whenever you feel demotivated.
5.) Do not ignore your body cues. If your body is in deep distress and telling you so, prepare to end your fast. If your body is truly hungry and not just causing grumbling sound in the tummy, take something light. Do not torture yourself.
6.) Do not just snap out of dry fasting. The way out of dry fasting is the same as the way in to dry fasting. Sip on lots of water and have light liquid salads and juices.
Many people have reported miraculous benefits of following dry fasting, the topmost being weight loss. So if you wish to detox your body and lose weight, this can be worth a try or you can try the master cleanse. Health food stores and GNC offers many safer and cleaner detox.