Fasting & Weight Loss: The Master Cleanse Versus Intermittant Fasting

In recent years, the Master Cleanse program has gained in popularity as more and more celebrities and health professionals have started using or advocating the program. Despite its recent surge in popularity, the master cleanse is actually a very old method of body cleansing and detoxification that was developed in the 1940s by Stanley Burroughs. However, in recent years several celebrities have publicly embraced the cleanse for weight loss goals as well.

Although those who follow the Master Cleanse program frequently lose weight (ten pounds in ten days is not uncommon), using this program for weight loss goals is not advisable. This is because long term fasting will cause a slow down of your metabolism and because much of the weight loss one will experience while on the cleanse is due to the detoxification process and will return soon after you stop the cleansing program.

For those who are looking to lose weight through fasting, intermittent fasting for weight loss is by far a much better option. With intermittent fasting, you will do short fasts – usually 24 hours or less in duration – a few times a week. This method successfully reduces your caloric intake – meaning you will lose weight – while not slowing down your metabolism. In fact, several scientific studies have actually suggested that intermittent fasting may be healthier for your than eating every day. Laboratory animals placed on intermittent fasting schedules had lower rates of cancer, obesity and many other life threatening illness and conditions. To learn more about intermittent fasting, I strongly suggest you read Eat, Stop, Eat by Brad Pilon.

It is thought that the health benefits from intermittent fasting may be a result of our evolutionary past. Our ancestors most likely followed a pattern of inadvertent fasting since their food resources were unpredictable, leading to a pattern of fasting and feasting, and our bodies seem well adapted even in modern life to this eating pattern.

For those who are interested in reducing their caloric intake, intermittent fasting is a much better option overall for weight loss. However, for those who are interested in detoxifying their body, the Master Cleanse is a great program to pursue, but for weight loss it is not the best option.

Losing Weight By Discovering Yourself

Like many people out there trying to lose weight, I’ve tried a wide variety of programs – everything from low carbohydrate to high protein diets, plus a few starvation type diets based on drinking cabbage soup or long term fasting. And probably like many of you, I’ve had little success over the long term sticking to these programs. Although initially I might have seen a few pounds disappear, I often lost my motivation to stick to these programs and soon the pounds came back.

However, I don’t think this experimentation with different programs is necessarily a bad thing since I do believe everyone needs to find their own path to losing weight. For some of my friends, avoiding carbs has been the key to their weight loss success, even though for me it seems to ultimately lead to binging later on as I feel deprived and unhappy on a diet that specifically restricts carbohydrates.

For this reason I believe you need to try different programs, as you may be surprised about what you enjoy and what really works for you. However, I also believe that by doing some soul searching and really taking your personality and interests into mind when thinking about a diet and exercise plan, you can save yourself from a lot of unnecessary experimentation

My Personal Journey To Weight Loss

After struggling for years with my weight, I have now arrived at a diet and exercise routine that I feel is really working for me – but I only got there by being honest about my personal strengths and weaknesses when it comes to weight loss.

To effectively lose weight you need to pursue two very different activities: exercise and diet. I found that I had very different challenges with these two different areas and that I needed to address each of these separately.

Exercise – Making It A Priority:  I am actually one of those people who really enjoys to work out. Honestly! I find the time in the gym a great way to not only work off pounds but also the stress of everyday life.

However, I am also a very busy person and I find that I often do not make exercise a priority. It often seems to me that things like doctor’s appointments, meetings with teachers and even basic errands like grocery shopping are more important than my time at the gym. In fact, it might be because I do enjoy being at the gym that I often prioritize it last – it seems more like entertainment than the basic day to day things I need to keep life running smoothly in my household.

But early this year I finally came to the realization that being healthy is actually more important than most everything on this list (it took a serious health scare to come to this realization!). So I decided that I needed to make a commitment to work out every day. For over a month now, I’ve been working out an hour every day at my local gym – and I feel great and have lost nearly ten pounds in the process.

I also have narrowed down what I do at the gym to what I find to be most effective. I really enjoy using elliptical machines, for example, and even have a great one at home that I use as well (a Yowza Captiva, which I think is one of the best elliptical machines you can buy!). I don’t enjoy cardio dance classes, however, so I now avoid doing them although I have several friends who really like them and often want me to join them. It’s just not my thing, and that’s OK – I just do what I enjoy instead.

Dieting And Making It Easy: I also struggle with diet plans that don’t work well with my busy life. I simply don’t have time to be counting calories at each meal, or writing down everything I eat in a food journal. These things just don’t work well for me – although I do know they are great for others.

I found for me, the best way to cut calories was through intermittent fasting. I follow the Eat, Stop, Eat plan – and it works for me simply because it is so easy. Either I’m eating, or I’m not, and when I do eat – I don’t worry about how much fat or calories I’m consuming (although in general I still try to make healthy food choices). Again, it’s a program that works for me, and if you haven’t tried it yourself you might want to give it try:

But in the end, it seems to be that losing weight effectively is closely tied to knowing yourself. The more you know your strengths and weaknesses, the easier it will likely be for you to lose weight. Experimentation is a good thing as well, since that is part of how you discover more about yourself as a person. So don’t see your past unsuccessful diet attempts as failures – see them as learning experiences!

Tips For Staying Motivated While Trying To Lose Weight

One of the most difficult challenges those who are trying to lose weight face is staying motivated while on a diet and exercise program. It doesn’t matter if you are using some of the best elliptical machines or fitness equipment available, if your motivation isn’t there, the technology is not going to help. Here are some important tips and suggestions that can hopefully reinvigorate your desire to get that weight off.

1) Purchase A Clothing Reward And Goal To Work Towards

Is there a little black dress that you are dying to fit into? Or are there a pair of skinny jeans you have wanted to buy for a long time, but know won’t currently fit?

If so, buy that dress or jeans and hang then it in a prominent location to remind yourself daily of your goal. Although you could also clip a picture of it and put it on your fridge, having spent that money is an added motivation for many, and having it within arms reach will serve as a constant reminder.

2) Keep a Public Online Journal of Your Weight Loss Journey

Public accountability can work wonders for many in terms of staying motivated. Start a simple blog where you post photos of your weight loss transition. You can share this with trusted friends and family, or simply leave it for random visitors to see and comment on.

Keep yourself to a regular posting schedule as well, such as once a week, where you publicly display your weight loss results and challenges. Not only can such a journal help keep you motivated, but it can serve as an inspiration to many others as well.

3) Join a Weight Loss Support Group Or Club

Having other people in your life who can help you through moments of weakness is very important for many trying to lose weight. If you don’t feel like you are getting enough support from those who are already in your life, joining a weight loss group may provide the key to your weight loss success.

You may even find a buddy to work out with on a regular schedule. Perhaps there is someone who loves working out on the Yowza Captiva elliptical machines at your gym as much as you do, so you can work out next to each other and have a fun conversation while working out.

These three tips are just the beginning, but don’t limit yourself to these tips only. Keep in mind that the more practices you engage in to support your weight loss goals, the more likely you are to acheive the results you desire.

How To Successfully Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

If you know that your weight has started to creep up and you no longer fit comfortably into your clothes, there are two options open to you: You can either accept that you are now a larger person, and start buying bigger clothes that fit properly, or you can make the decision to do something about this extra weight.

If you decide on the latter option then you will know that it will not be easy but with the right motivation and the right tools, you will see the results that you desire. Here are three ways to ensure that you are successful in reaching your weight loss goals.

1. Be Realistic

The most important thing about dieting and weight loss is to be realistic about what you want to achieve. If you know that you have 50 pounds to lose, you can not expect to lose this weight in a week. If this is the sort of idea that you have in your head, then you are setting yourself up for failure and you will only upset yourself in the process.

A sensible target that is achievable for most people is a weight loss of around 1.5 to 2 pounds a week. This will all depend on what your starting weight is. If you are a lot heavier your weekly weight loss will be a bit more. The best way to find out exactly what you could lose in a week is to meet with your doctor or a nutritionist. These specialists will be able to tell you exactly what you should be aiming for.

2. Take A Hard Look At The Foods You Eat

If you take a look at the types of food that you eat, you may be able to quickly realize that a lot of it is highly processed and doesn’t contain the right level of the good stuff that allows the body to work at its best. Food that is high in fat will cause you to put on weight. If you can, try to cut down on the weekly visits to the fast food restaurants and try to add more fruit and vegetables to your diet.

Another strategy that many find helpful is short breaks from your daily eating routine. Using intermittent fasting weight loss techniques, you can cut a large amount of calories from your weekly diet while not risking slowing down your metabolism (which is a concern with many other fasting programs).

3. Add Exercise To Your Daily Routine

Changing your eating habits is just one part of losing weight. The other part is increasing the amount of exercise that you do. If you do not burn off the calories from all the food that you are eating, then you will never lose weight.

If exercising is an alien concept to you, try and find ways to incorporate simple things into your day. A brisk walk around the block would be a great start if you have never exercised in your life. If you are a little self conscious about going to the gym, then why not invest in one of the many exercise DVDs that are currently for sale.

In order to lose weight you have to be willing to make changes in your eating habits and to either add or increase the amount of exercise that you do. If you don’t want to go shopping for new larger clothing, then now is the time to take action and get your weight under control.