I have started a water fast and have yet to decide how long I will be doing it for. I know you can lose weight by fasting, but I’ve heard you nearly always put it all back on. I was wondering how you can keep the weight off once you finish fasting, and what’s the best way to come off a fast. [edited for grammar]
I typically lose about two pounds for each day that I fast, and rarely am I eager to return to my original weight. Fortunately, you don’t have to.
When you finish an extended water fast (3 days or more), your stomach will have shrunk considerably, which means you will not require as much food to make you feel satiated. Also, your metabolism will have slowed, causing you to need fewer calories to get through the day.
Take advantage of the opportunity to eat smaller portions of high quality food rather than larger quantities of lower quality food.
Good foods to use when breaking your fast include steamed veggies (yellow squash, broccoli, etc.) and fresh fruits like watermelon and blueberries. Stay away from anything spicy or sour or acid.
Breaking your fast with whole foods (rather than juices) will help stimulate a bowel movement, which is very good. Hopefully you were doing daily water enemas while you were fasting, to help remove all the old stuff from your guts along the way.
They say that, for each day of your fast, you should devote one day to breaking the fast. So, if you fast for five days, you should spend five days gradually re-introducing food into your diet, beginning with the easiest foods to digest (cooked veggies, yogurt, etc) and finishing with the hardest (meats, spicy food).
Using this strategy — particularly the part about sticking with small portions of higher-quality foods — I gained only about two pounds when I broke my most recent fast, and I have stayed at that weight for more than a month, which means I can probably stay here indefinitely as long as I’m eating healty foods.