Fasting days: benefit or harm
A long-term diet is a real test that not everyone can handle. It is much easier to withstand a short-term rejection of your favorite dishes. That is why fasting days have gained great popularity. They promise weight loss and at the same time “drive into the framework” for only one day. However, not everyone knows that fasting days can harm the body.
Meet: fasting days
The day (or rather the day), during which a person consumes the minimum amount of calories, is usually called the fasting day. Depending on the diet, a person can only eat apples, only buckwheat or drink kefir. Some people who plan the maximum “unloading” of the body consume only water during the day.
It is believed that fasting days provide the following:
discharge of 1-2 kg;
cleansing the digestive tract, kidneys, liver (and other important organs).
Fasting days are not always good for the body.
In practice, everything is less rosy.
Does a person need fasting days?
Fasting days are spent to achieve three main tasks (they were named above). But can such a detox (a diet aimed at cleansing the body) fulfill them? Let’s talk about the myths and dangers of fasting days.
After a fasting day, a person’s weight is really reduced by 1-2 kilograms. Losses are completely dependent on the initial body weight. However, such results are unstable. After 1-2 days, all the kilograms lost are fully returned.
Such unpleasant results are dictated by the following features:
Dehydration. During a fasting day, weight is reduced not by burning fat (as detox followers claim), but by eliminating fluid from the body.
Metabolic disorder. In response to reduced food intake, the body launches an energy conservation program. As a result, metabolism slows down. As soon as food intake is restored (in normal volumes), the body activates the mechanism of “shelving up the rainy day”. This leads to weight gain.
Sometimes the body actively requires replenishment of lost reserves. In this case, a person has a wolfish appetite after a fasting day. And this threatens not only the restoration of the lost, but also a set of additional kilograms.
There is an opinion that the benefits of fasting days are in recovery. People after a short hunger strike feel a surge of energy, vitality. In practice, most often there are complaints about the following side effects:
the appearance of weakness;
the appearance of headaches.
Fasting may cause headaches.
Unpleasant symptoms are caused precisely by hunger. The body does not receive enough glucose. This leads to a drop in blood sugar and a decrease in energy.
This is another common statement. Patients practicing fasting days are sure that they help cleanse the body (primarily the digestive tract) of toxins and toxins. Doctors just shrug. In the human body there are no toxins that need to be removed. Therefore, detox programs are simply not needed.
Of course, the body is constantly exposed to toxins. However, he is able to cope with them on his own. After all, a person has a universal cleansing system (lungs, kidneys, liver, intestines).
Sometimes the body needs help. It is about severe intoxication. Poisoning will be indicated by nausea, vomiting, fever and similar symptoms. However, in this case, the patient requires immediate medical treatment, and not fasting days.
Still, fasting days are needed
Who needs detox programs? And why? A doctor can prescribe a fasting day to a patient suffering from advanced obesity. However, detox is not used for weight loss, but to maintain weight at a certain level.
When fasting, you need to drink water
Continuing to talk about the benefits of fasting days, it is worth recalling diseases of the digestive system. With some pathologies (for example, with acute pancreatitis), the patient may be prescribed hungry days (drinking only water). But in this case, detox is aimed at removing the load from the diseased organ. And he also has nothing to do with losing weight.
If there are no good reasons (doctor’s prescriptions) for the introduction of fasting days into the diet, then doctors are strongly advised not to resort to them.
Fasting days are very stressful for the body. Therefore, you should not resort to detox in case of obstruction at work, problems in your personal life or during an illness. Otherwise, you can greatly undermine health.
How not to harm yourself
Kefir diet. Kefir fasting day can be harmful to people suffering from pancreatitis, ulcerative lesions. Such a diet is not recommended for flatulence, bloating and a tendency to diarrhea. If periodically tormented by constipation, then you need to carefully monitor the quality of kefir. The drink should only be fresh.