March 19, 2008

Fasting & Excessive Weight Loss

Weight Loss And Its Different Views

Skinny has many definitions. Here in the Philippines if you do not have 20 lbs. of excess fat you are too skinny. In Colombia, the guys like “big butts” and busts. In North America where almost everyone is overweight and esteem thinness as beautiful, one inch of fat over the belt is too much fat.

Weight Loss Due To Fasting And Detoxification

Being thin from fasting is another realm as your image is not as important as healing and being thin due to extended detoxification is temporary.

You can become very thin during a long fast in a battle against cancer, injuries or damaged organs. Everyone will say you are too thin. This is one example.

I smashed both heels due to a construction accident. The pain was extreme, and I was looking at 6 months in a wheel chair. It was a serious condition. This was the longest juice fast of my life lasting 66 days with about a quart of juice per day. I never intended to go that long but when I ate, the pain level tripled, and so I returned to fasting. At the end of the 66 days, I was a bone rack. Nothing but ribs. Cheeks sunken and gaunt with long hair and a beard. I looked like someone out of the movies on the verge of death.

The doctor was confused looking at the x-rays and could not figure out why a man at the age of 40 was healing multiple bone fractures with the speed of a child. He just shook his head and said, “can you walk?”. My response is:”take these casts off”. I walked out of his office.

I regained my weight over the next 3 weeks. There was still intense pain in my heels and had to avoid heavy foods because they increase the pain.

Very few have the determination or need to fast 66 days. It would have been tough without the pain but the pain level was the third highest, just below second degree burns. It felt like 1,000 years in hell. The pain was searing and continuous.

I have fasted through back surgery and several injuries because I know how much it helps. Each time, I look bad but I do not care as I need the results.

The fast will consume all excess fat, reduce muscle size and any dead or dying cells. There is a limit and that comes after you are skin and bones. The final edge is when your body demands food. I have never been to the very edge where the last resources of the body are being used. That is only a place, for people battling threatening disease or seek a profound connection with God and have spiritual maturity to undertake such a feat.

If you are thin or average weight and you fast for 30 days on juice or 10 days on water, you will become very thin. Ribs will show, the face will become gaunt, and friends and family will display concern but the body will quickly normalize its weight in 5-to-10 days after the fast.

It is very important not to try to gain weight too quickly. The body can rebuild only at a set rate. Overeating will burden the body and undermine the rebuilding process.

If you are a teenager or a person fighting anorexia, and trying to look like the model at the top of the page, please read the compulsive eating section of

By Tom Coghill of
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