October 22, 2018
You might have heard about intermittent fasting- a fasting diet that promises to help you lose weight and curb hunger pangs, by restricting your meal timings. Fasting diets have gained traction worldwide and there is a lot of curiosity around them. The interest has also spawned a number of different versions of the diets, all of which claim to promote fat burn and quick weight loss. Another popular weight loss diet, which has been creating waves in India and abroad is the dry fasting diet for weight loss. This diet has existed since centuries, but the term is relatively lesser known. Dry fasting is an extreme form of dieting, where dieters abstain from consuming both food and water for the period of the diet. Right at the outset the diet sounds extremely dangerous, but it is said to give you guaranteed results in the form of quick weight loss and loss of belly fat. Moreover, it has a number of other purported benefits including detox, fighting inflammation, etc. However, there is very limited evidence to support any of these benefits.
What Is Dry Fasting For Weight Loss?
There are two types of dry fast- soft dry fast and hard dry fast. In soft dry fast, dieters use water to brush their teeth, take a shower and wash their faces. On the other hand, in hard dry fasting, dieters do not come in contact with water at all. It is said to work for weight loss and fat burn, as in a state where the body doesn’t get any food or water, it switches to burning fat to generate energy. This type of fasting is sure to stress the body out and in that state of stress, the body starts utilising any and every available source of energy that it has access to. Dry fasting is said to send the body into a process called autophagy, which is a natural process of recycling old cells as an energy source. The result of the process is the creation of new and stronger cells. However, in order to practice dry fasting, dieters have to follow certain steps in preparation for the period of extreme abstinence.
First, the dieters consult a physician to do an assessment of their body systems and find out if they are physically sound enough to practice the fast. The date of the fast has to be picked in such a manner that it doesn’t coincide with a day of intense physical or mental strain, as the body will have to go without any fuel. Dieters may want to first try soft dry fasting before switching to the hard dry fasting. Additionally, dieters may want to start detoxing by eliminating caffeine, a week in advance in preparation for the extreme fast. In case the fast proves to be too taxing for the body, the dieters should be prepared to get the body out of it, as soon as possible. But one can’t just snap out of this fast, and they will have to gently transition to regular diet by introducing a transitional period of liquid diet.
However, it is important to note that the purported benefits of this ‘weight loss diet’ are purely anecdotal and are not based on any reliable scientific evidence or research studies.