Doctors are warning people against taking up the 'water fasting''s why

Doctors are warning people against taking up the 'water fasting''s why

Participating in the "#waterfast" should not be an option - researchers warn.

Tempted to experiment with the "#waterfast"? You should think no before you think yes - because it can be potentially dangerous and you will basically be starving yourself. As the name suggests - there isn't much you can really eat - while engaging in the fast challenge - no salad, not even a leaf of lettuce - nothing but water.

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People all over the world have mixed reactions to the "#waterfast" and it is interesting to gauge how people all over the world have reacted to it. 

"Intermittent fasting has been in vogue for quite some time now, but this new diet takes things to a whole new level to the point where it borders on starvation" - as mentioned by those who are reviewing the effects of the fast. 

New York-based real estate broker Elan Kels, who had tried every other diet ever formulated before he stumbled upon  “water fasting”, approaches the concept and it's success scientifically. He says, “The idea is: you could do it as long as you have fat on your body, and that’s what gives you energy" and thought it would be safe to consume nothing but water for 47 days. Day 5 and he was reported feeling "surprisingly energized and focused." Barely halfway through, come day 28, he was bed-ridden with no energy to move his limbs - forcing him to give up.

Social media researchers are working towards finding the origin and duration of this less-than-liquid diet since it has received more than 17,600 posts sharing the hashtag #waterfast only on Instagram.

Scientists, doctors, and experts are clearly not in approval of this diet and do not recommend it to patients who come to them wanting to lose weight or become healthier. Clinical social worker Joanne Labiner believes that the diet is nothing but a form of disordered eating.

“There’s lots that’s bad about this ‘diet,’” says dietician and author of The Low-Fad Diet - Jo Travers. "For a start, there are pretty much no vitamins and minerals...most vitamins are water soluble and can’t be stored so you need them regularly throughout the day. Then there is no protein, which means the body has to break down muscle in order to recycle the amino acids into hormones and enzymes to stay alive."

“You are basically starving yourself and that comes with huge health risks.”

The other aspect of this viral diet is the fact that people are falling for it since it advertises itself as a "cleanse" for your body. Travers perturbed by the fact says - “This language is so misleading as ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ are completely meaningless terms...they have a positive feel to them and have a health halo but actually it’s a complete myth...a healthy balanced diet is called a healthy balanced diet because it is healthy and balanced. This is neither.”

There is barely any certified nutritionist who is supporting this diet. Harley Street nutritionist and eating disorder specialist, Rhiannon Lambert, seconds Travers in her belief that the "water fasting diet is fundamentally synonymous with starvation."

“Given such an unhealthy relationship with food, starvation dieters are likely to end up gaining weight in the long run..this is because when you deny the body the calories it needs, your metabolism slows in an effort to conserve caloric fuel and may be disturbed despite regaining normal eating habits...ultimately, these kind of diets will lead to severe nutritional deficiencies and possibly a loss of skeletal muscle,” she explains.

So, think twice before you take up the water fasting challenge, it may affect your health adversely. 


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