I have a big problem with fasts. I know there are many people who swear by them and if they feel comfortable fasting, I'm not going to stop them. But I really think they're more harmful than helpful.
To be honest, in the past I've thought about doing a fast or a cleanse and been all starry-eyed at the promise of fast and safe weight loss and all the other wonderful things that apparently happen to your body when you fast or cleanse. But there are a few things that have always stopped me:
- if a cleanse promises to get rid of all the toxins in my body, how does it know what's good and bad? I mean, lemon water with cayenne pepper coursing through my body isn't going to stop to check if bacteria is good or bad; it's just going to flush it all out.
- my body already does a good job of getting rid of the things I don't need. After all, that's why I poop.
- any weight lost will be put right back on as soon as I start eating normal amounts of calories so why put myself through the weight yo-yo-ing?
- by only consuming certain foods or liquids, what am I depriving my body of? What nutrients am I not getting?
I've been reading some blog posts by someone doing a juice fast and she's writing about her entire body hurting for the past two days. How is this a good thing? Why would you want to continue on something that makes your body hurt? Is losing 5 pounds really worth it?
Again, this is just my opinion and if you feel differently, I respect that. Personally, I don't think they're worth it.