I would fast every now and again for health purposes, rather than weight loss. I would do this every 2 - 3 months for about 48 hours at a time. After
the first day (of complete abstinence, you actually do not feel hungry)!
However, the fasting I do is based around water fasting, with some fruit juices (i.e. fresh apple juice or smoothies) to perk up or clean the system.
Here is a link to some of the health issues and benefits associated with fasting. Fasting
If you really want a no-nonsense approach to (safe) weight loss, then I would strongly suggest you try the McDougal
. I know it sounds alittle cheesy, but it works for all the right reasons.
Basically, it is a strict vegan diet you take for about 2 weeks. After that, you will feel lighter, flexible, more alive, happy and healthy. It will
also rejuvinate your bodily functions whilst loosing weight. It costs considerably less than meat and fish-based meals also!
Negatives are the complete elimination of all things meat / fish and dairy!!
Even coffe / sugar etc goes. Milk is replaced with soya (or soy) milk.
30 minutes exercise each day (preferably cariovascular-based such as a brisk walk / cycle etc) will assist greatly.
As per the meal plans he offers (see 'free program'), you don't need to stick to them, just use your own imagination whilst staying away from the
It is a high carb diet (complex carbs), therefore wholegrains (brown rice / pasta / speghitti), baked potatoes, pulses etc are the foundation of any
meal. Just add sauce and some veg and thats it! Eat plenty if you wish - it's all good.
Give it a try, its only 2 weeks and it does generate good results, both physically and psychologically.