This is a post from Bright Side. Please note that I did not go on a 20 day water fast, though after watching this, I am tempted to try.
What is water fasting? What are its benefits? Intermittent fasting is gaining huge popularity as a dietary option, but what actually happens to your body when you fast? When I first heard about water fasting, I thought, “No way am I doing this!” But after doing some research and finding out about the benefits of this process, I changed my mind. And now I’m going to tell you what I experienced during my 20-day water fast. The first 2 days were going to be the most difficult. And they were indeed! I felt incredibly hungry — almost as if I had missed several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. My energy level dropped, and my mood left much to be desired. I was increasingly irritated, and my patience was wearing thin.
When your body can’t get access to carbohydrates (its favorite source of energy), it starts to use stored fats. As a result, you can lose about 1 lb of fat every day. This makes water fasting one of the most effective short-term weight loss methods. – Water fasting can also help if you have digestive problems like irritable bowel, diarrhea, gas, gastritis, constipation, or loss of appetite. – The first 2 days were going to be the most difficult. I felt incredibly hungry — almost as if I had missed several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
On the third day, the second stage of my water fasting began. By that time, the much-awaited process of ketosis had started. That’s when your body gets down to burning the fat it has stored as it has no other sources of energy. – After the first week of feeding myself nothing but water, I experienced a kind of “fasting high.” I felt great, happy, and impressively energetic. But what pleased me the most was a particular clarity of mind.
During ketosis, your body produces ketones in the liver, your metabolism then stop using glocuse for fuel, and moves to using stored fat instead. In other words, your body changes from being a sugar burner to a fat burner.
When carbs are removed from the diet, it takes approximately 12-16 hours for your liver glycogen stores to run out. At this point, the amount of ketone bodies being produced increases, and stored fats in your body are broken down for energy.
A Keto Diet restricts carbohydrates (carbs), which are primarily found in sugary foods and starches, like bread, rice or pasta. It basically means to lower your intake of carbs, and increase your intake of healthy fats.
Read more about the effects of ketosis here:
When I got to the fifteenth day of my water fasting, I was incredibly proud of myself! I knew that very few people reach this stage. I also knew that this was a period when I had to be immensely attentive to my condition and visit a doctor if I felt that something had gone wrong.
Believe it or not, I felt at my best after my water fast. I lost some weight (though not as much as I’d expected). My vitals were impressive in a good way, and some health abnormalities were no longer a cause for concern.
There you have it. lots of water will have a good effect on our bodies.