Has anyone fasted for weight loss or done the master cleanse diet?

United States
February 11, 2008 1:37pm CST
Okay, I am getting desperate here. I have tried everything. I was counting calories. As soon as I give myself a free day, I gain the weight back. I want to lose weight and keep it off, not yoyo up and down. If I could just get under the 180 mark I would be so happy. I think that would help lots. Has anyone fasted for weight loss? How long? How about doing the master cleanse diet? It sounds gross to me, but I am willing to do anything now.
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11 responses
@34momma (13918)
• United States
11 Feb 08
To be honest with you, it is not what you are doing it is how you are thinking about what you are doing. let me explain. You are focusing on losing weight. but it's not about losing weight it is about changing your life style. that means you have to first start taking those things you eat that you know are no good for you out of your daily rounte. it is a step by step new way of living. and if you are serious about it then you have to have to work out!! start out with walking and doing like jumping jacks. and slowing build up to really working up a total sweat. it is not just about losing weight. it is more about changing the way you eat and and adding working out. make it a habit in your life and it will come so naturally in time
@34momma (13918)
• United States
11 Feb 08
sorry i went on and on and didn't answer your question. I did the detox, or master clean and it is really good. more or less a liguid diet for 7 days. lots of going potty,LOL but you will drop a few pounds. you can do that to kick off your life style change
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• United States
11 Feb 08
I beg to differ. I am not just focusing on losing weight. I want to keep it off so I do plan on changing my lifestyle. I lost 70 pounds before and only gained 30 back when I hurt my back and couldn't exercise. Sitting on my butt all of the time did not help the situation. Now I cannot lose what I gained back no matter what. I usually eat very well. I love salad and cucumbers and dip is my fave snack. I have tried counting calories recently. It works, but I always gain weight when I take a free day. It sucks.
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@34momma (13918)
• United States
11 Feb 08
i am sorry to hear that you hurt your back. but i there are things you can do that are not a strain on your back. and a low strain work out will in fact help your back become stronger.
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@Sungolian (377)
• United States
13 Feb 08
What? No way, you definitely don't look like you are 180. But how much weight do you need to lose? Are we talking a few pounds, or maybe a bit more than that? When I was a wrestler in high school, it took me about 8 weeks to drop 25 pounds from my off-season weight to competition weight. We did 2 hours of intense practices everyday after school. Most of us wore sweatshirt and sweatpants while working out, which kept us in fantastic condition. I kept the food pretty light. On a typical day I might have a banana, a yogurt, and OJ for breakfast. A turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes on wheat bread for lunch. Chicken salad for dinner. I would drink about 6-8 20oz. bottles of water per day and besides water I only drank Orange Juice and Apple Juice. Of course, I'm a guy 5'10" and you're a woman and I have no idea how tall you are, so our caloric intake requirements would be slightly different. But as a guideline, if you cut out all junk foods (you know what these are: soda, cake, cookies, chips, fast food, etc) and exercise at least 1 hour a day you should see some good results in a couple of months without having to go on a liquid diet or whatever. Weigh yourself at a consistent time of day to get accurate readings. I have a digital scale and I always weigh myself in the morning after I use the bathroom, so there is a consistency factor of me having an empty stomach and empty bowels. So give yourself at least 8 weeks to see some good results. Don't rush things. Take things day by day. 60 days later, you could have some great results.
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• United States
14 Feb 08
IM 5 foot 8 in. by the way. I weigh every morning the same as you. I'm really upset over my weight. I was 158 at my thinnest. I jUst want to get back to that.
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@santau (223)
• United States
13 Feb 08
If you are getting desperate then don't do these diets. Like several others have stated above me, to truely lose weight you need to 1) have a lifestyle change and 2) eat less calories than you are burning. The honest truth is that these diets are going to make you gain weight. Our bodies have evolved to resist droughts and famines. So when you don't eat right (like fasting, not eating enough, going on liquid diets and stuff like that) your body goes "Oh no, A FAMINE!" So it takes everything you eat and stores it as fat reserves so it can survive longer. (FYI-It makes you gain weight) You need 3 strong meals a day or 4-5 small ones throughtout the day. Eat a lot of fruits, veggies, proteins and all the good stuff for you. Avoid fats, sugars, bad carbs (no not all are bad for you) and all the bad stuff. Start exercising for 30 mintues a day. Get rid of the junk food, its just going to be a temptation.
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@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I fast 2 times a year. For Beltain and Samhaine. Let me tell you what my body goes through for the first week of the fast and then when I finally get to eat again. The hunger pains drive you nuts, the detoxing of the body has actually caused physical illness, and to top it off when I am headed off my fast, I am in the bathroom more than most because my body is slowly recovering. The reactions of my physical body on my fast I do not suggest for anyone because of the damages that can be long lasting. I prepare a week in advance for such activities. I do my fast because of my beliefs, not by choice. It is my spiritual journey to take. I am telling you I weighed over 350 pds, if you see the photo of me now, that was in December of last year. Soup once a day. Slowly bring up your exercising even if that means you only walk around the block. Water, water, water. Do not deny your body anything. Butter, cream cheese, etc. When you depleted the body of natural things you also are depleting yourself of valuable nutrients that it needs. I personally have cut out pork products. Leave one third of your food behind every meal. No diet products that stuff actually makes you gain weight. Cut down on salt and last but not least, lighten up on yourself. Stress is a huge factor for weight gain. I have kept my weight off for almost 3 years now and I can tell you I am lighter than I was in school. It can be done. I was told I did not put it on over night it is not coming off over night. Ainge
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• United States
14 Feb 08
Thank you for the great inspirational comment. That is always what I said when I was losing weight before. If I want It, I eat It. Just not that much of it.
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• United States
14 Feb 08
Your welcome just keep plugging away and it will come off. Not fast because you gain back double what you lost. Ainge
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@anniepa (26858)
• United States
16 Feb 08
"I was told I did not put it on over night it is not coming off over night." Those are excellent words to live by. Congrats on your incredible success at losing weight and keeping it off. I'm really learning how hard it is right now. Annie
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• United States
13 Feb 08
I have fasted and done the master cleanse. I used to do both on a regular basis both for weight loss 'kick-start' and just to get the toxins out of my system. Last June, a friend introduced me to Isagenix (lautz_tm.isagenix.com)- a nutritional cleansing program and it is WAY better than anything else I've ever tried. Since June I've lost 4 clothing sizes and am still losing weight. Another friend's sister is using it, not for weight loss, but for nutrition reasons. She is a iron-woman athlete and finds it hugely increases her stamina and recovery time. It is definitely worth checking out and way better for you in the long run than fasting.
• United States
14 Feb 08
How much does It cost though? I took phentermine to loose weight before. It was great. I lost 16 pounds the first 2 weeks. But I was A lot heavier then.
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• United States
14 Feb 08
It depends on what you want to do. Did you check out the website? The money I'm saving on no longer buying lattes (don't need coffee anymore!) and eating lunch out or buying the groceries for lunch pays for the product. I have to say, I've tried everything. At one time in my life I stayed thin by eating very little calories and exercising 2 hrs a day x 5days a week. I no longer have the time or the energy to do that. I agree - if you have the willpower and energy, eat less/exercise more is the way to go. However, if you are like me - a bit lazy and lacking in time - this is an excellent system. I don't look at this as a quick fix. Once I've lost the weight I want to I will continue to use the cleanse and nutrional products because the make me feel GOOD! For the first time in my life, I have breakfast every morning AND I don't skip meals. These were the biggest hurdles for me to overcome and Isagenix helped. It has really turned my health around.
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• United States
14 Feb 08
Haven't been able to yet. I'm at worK ON my phone. I'm not lazy jUst worK too much. I'm busy Then I'm tired. I definitely don't have the time to exercise that much. I'm gonna try to get 20 min. in each day. Xanga you tell me a little more about what you have to do?
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@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I tried the lemonade diet. The one with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. It was awful! It hurt my tum and made me poop fire. I lasted two days. I have no will power for fasting. I am trying very hard to change my lifestyle and eating habits.
• United States
11 Feb 08
Me either. At least I don't think so. I am trying to change everything too.
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@korn501 (135)
• United States
11 Feb 08
i lost 20 pounds for this diet in 2 months. I watched what i ate and no excerise. But after 6 months that i stopped i gained the 20 pounds back. i am going to start that diet again hope that i will stay off.
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• United States
11 Feb 08
Are you talking about the master cleanse?
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• United States
13 Feb 08
Hello! I will now tell you the "secret" to losing weight! Are you ready? Are you SURE you can handle it? Ok, here it is....take in less calories than what you put out! Yes, I am amazing lol! There is no sure fire way to lose weight. I realize we're in a "diet happy" society that preaches all kinds of "miracle" ways to lose the pounds. But the old fashioned way still works best. Work out, eat healthy, and lay off the fat! Of course, I'm not an expert lol....just thought I'd say hello to my new friend here! :)
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@anniepa (26858)
• United States
15 Feb 08
I don't have too much faith in any of these so-called diets; I think it's all about changing your lifestyle habits so you can take the weight off and keep it off. I know that's much easier said than done, but counting calories is too complicated for most of us and it's hard to get an accurate count. I'm interested in learning about the "master cleanse" diet but somehow it sounds gross...lol! Annie
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• United States
16 Feb 08
Yes, it probably is gross. I don't know though. I am thinking about ordering more diet pills online. They are way expensive. I really like they way they make me feel.
@Tetchie (2933)
• Australia
18 Feb 08
I have a friend who used to fast for weight loss. It never worked. she would loose weight during the fast, then stack it back on straight after. She is now bigger than she was before. Fasting and cleansing is good as an addition to a diet. It helps clean out the body of all the garbage that is in there. It should compliment and not deprive the 'body beautiful' process. I know of people who've been on a fruit diet, ate nothing but fruit for a week. Again it only works if you don't go back to eating carbs and rubbish afterwards. I've heard it said cleanses should be part of everyone's regime, like doing it for two days every fortnight. That makes good sense considering the western diet is so bad. I should be doing it myself, so thanks for the nudge. I'm now convinced that to have a slim and physically fit body, it has to be a lifestyle change it's. Cut down on sugar, no soda drinks, watch the carbs and processed foods. Give yourself a treat every now and then otherwise you will have a big reaction and blow your good work. Make exercise a habit and your friend. Learn to love broccali and don't be afraid to sweat the pounds away. That's what I've been doing for the past 12 months. It's working. I've finally stopped going for miracles and settling for reality.
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• Canada
18 Feb 08
I have not fasted, exactly, but I have restricted. It is deinfatly not a healthy way to diet. It wrecks havoc on your body, especially your organs, and is not a permanent fix for losing weight. If you are going to count calories "free days" are probably not the best idea as one will tend to binge and eat enough calories for those they had cut back on over the week/month/whatever. When you could calories you need to make sure you are eating good calories and not bad calories, for example, 300 calories worth of chicken is far better for you than 300 calories worth of cake. Portion controll is also a key element to loseing weight, if you eat off a smaller plate and eat slowly then you will not eat as much as if you put it on a dinner plate and inhale it.