The Truth About Fasting for Weight Loss

Fasting will help you lose weight, but at a cost. Fasting slows down your metabolism, setting you up to gain back the weight plus more when you start eating again.


When it comes to losing weight quickly, it seems fasting is di rigeur. I really wish it wasn’t.

Do periodic fasts help you lose weight?

Fasting is when you go without food, and there’s no fewer calories than zero. Fasting definitely will cause you lose weight. But there’s a hidden cost. Every time you fast, your body goes into prehistoric starvation mode telling every cell, Slow down, there’s no food. By slowing your metabolism you set yourself up to gain back the weight plus some the next time you eat.

Slow and steady wins the weight loss race.

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3 thoughts on “The Truth About Fasting for Weight Loss”

  1. I would really like it if you could cite your research about starvation mode. I hear comments about how fasting will slow your metabolism all the time, but how much fasting? In what age group? How much does it slow your metabolism? In how many people does this lead to weight gain? If you start eating again does your metabolism return to normal or is the damage done? The Internet doesn’t need more fluff about weight loss.

    If anyone is interested, this is a better article about fasting that does cite sources:

  2. extra pounds is generally troublesome for me, especially since I have PCOS it normally make things more tricky. So far though I lost an additional 30 pounds along with another 10 to 15 pounds more prior to the New year comes in . Because for me personally weight loss will help me to conceive a child.

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