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Why do a put on weight after a water fast but not after a mono feast?

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05 May 2011 23:05 #6763 by david
david created the topic: Why do a put on weight after a water fast but not after a mono feast?
Over the past year nearly without exception I have observed that immediately after a short dry or water fast I pile the weight back on at a shockingly obvious rate. I believe that most of this is water retention but some of it seems to be fat storage.

In contrast to this what I can only describe as survival response, my recent 4 week mono feast on 2 weeks of coconuts and 2 weeks of Honeydew melon I have not gained any weight after 5 days of unrestricted eating. Although I did not weigh myself after the 4 week mono feast, I have clearly lost a lot of body fat as everyone I meet mentions the fact that I am now slim and also there is no obvious bulge in my t-shirt.

My question is why do short fasts trigger a survival response which causes me to put on weight straight after a fast and why does this phenomenon not occur after a long mono feast?

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06 May 2011 21:44 #6775 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Why do a put on weight after a water fast but not after a mono feast?
During the beginning phases of a fast, dear David, your body suddenly needs more than a litre, up to 2 litres, less fluid, as the circulation to the intestine (which takes up about one third of your circulation) is practically shut down. Thus in the early phases, up to a kilogram or two of water becomes "redundant". This accounts for rapid weight loss recorded by a dumb scale.

I have however seen a person continuing to lose a kilogram a day for more than 40 days.. provided he is active and burn the excess energy.

Of course initially you use carbohydrate or protein (17 kilojoules per gram) and later fat (35 kilojoules per gram) so you need less weight to keep you going... OR you have more energy available to "spend"..

Once you restart eating your body needs that extra wter to re-start the digestive tract. Since on a mono-diet you don't switch off the tract, you don't have to switch it on again and therefore you don't need that extra kilogram or 2 of water.

Hope this makes sense.

André

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03 Jun 2011 02:17 #7420 by Esmée La Fleur
Esmée La Fleur replied the topic: Re: Why do a put on weight after a water fast but not after a mono feast?
During a mono feast, you are...well...feasting. Right? So, your body does not have any reason to "circle the wagons" and conserve energy by slowing down your metabolism. If your caloric input remains the same during a mono feast as it does during your normal diet, even if it provides less variety, you should not expect to experience re-bound weight gain. Hope that makes sense.

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03 Jun 2011 06:48 #7424 by Yuliya
Yuliya replied the topic: Re: Why do a put on weight after a water fast but not after a mono feast?
Dear David,

a question: did you eat the whole young coconuts for 2 weeks or just drank their water?

May compassion to yourself and all beings guide you in your eating, fasting, and lifestyle choices.

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