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Weight Gain After Fasting. I Feel Like I'm Cursed to be Fat!

by Antonio Rivas
(Texas)

I Gain TEN Pounds (At Least) After EVERY Fast! Why?

I Gain TEN Pounds (At Least) After EVERY Fast! Why?

I Gain TEN Pounds (At Least) After EVERY Fast! Why?
IT is very hard to say no to junk food right after fasting.

I have gotten pretty good with fasting and can go as long as 30 days without eating with relatively little trouble. MY question, and my problem is, why do I regain the weight so quickly? IT is very disheartening. No matter what I do I end up giving in to very strong hunger, i get demoralized and quickly regain the weight I fought so hard to lose. Please help!

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Jul 27, 2016
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Long-term Calorie Restriction
by: Lauren E Porter

One can lose a lot of weight with fasting, but if you return to poor eating habits after the fast, you will be in trouble. I think the key is to continue to practice calorie restriction by eating notably less than you used to eat in the past. At first it will be tough and you will fight hunger pangs, but these symptoms disappear over a period of weeks and you'll feel absolutely amazing.

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It's a Struggle, But it Is Worth It!
by: Robert D Johnston

I can totally relate to your disappointment However, I have come to realize that this weight gain after fasting is quite normal. When the body is fasting, it is in 'survival mode.' Basically, the body thinks that its survival is being threatened by the lack of food. The metabolism slows down significantly to conserve energy. When you break the fast, the body, rather than going back to normal, begins to 'hoard' food out of fear that another food shortage may happen. In addition, the digestive system goes into hibernation when fasting; it's like a large bear sleeping. Then, when you break the fast, you have two things going on: the metabolism remains slow and continues to hoard fat from whatever you eat, AND, the bear wakes up MASSIVELY hungry and wants food, food and more food. The only way to counteract this challenge is to have a structured eating plan in place. You need to identify and prepare a structured eating plan that you are going to fall into right after the fast. This eating plan needs to be very predictable, and by no means should you deviate from it because, if you do, then the disordered hunger will attack and overtake you. Bottom line: Yes, you will have to take some weight gain initially. But if you have a structured eating plan, and you stick to it completely, you will find yourself feeling better and better as the weeks go by. Very important: Start to do some kind of exercise so help speed up the metabolism, keep sugar intake low and drink at least one gallon of water daily. If you are patient, you will find that the initial weight gain eventually goes away and that y our body actually will reshape itself to the lowest weight that you had achieved.

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