How Much Weight Can I Lose When Fasting? 

What is Intermittent Fasting?  Most people eat in a six-hour window and fast for 18 hour. This is with eating two meals. No snacks.

If are currently eating a Standard American Diet and you just started intermittent fasting you are probably going to lose anywhere between 7 to 15 pounds for the first week. That happens on just about any diet that lowers the carbs. 

Why? Because you are going to lose a lot of water weight. Where is the water weight coming from? It is coming from the stored glucose as glycogen. There is 3 to 3.8 grams of water in every gram of glucose if it is stored as glycogen. Glycogen is like a fluid-filled sponge. 

When you fast, you use up the glycogen in your liver fairly quickly, which dumps a lot of water. Water stored in glycogen will release, which will cause you to get rid of a lot of water weight at first.  

There is a difference between the weight loss while doing the ketogenic diet and while fasting. 

If you are just doing the ketogenic diet where you are lowering your carbs, the most that you can lose is about two pounds of fat per week if you’re healthy. 

If you are doing intermittent fasting every day how much can you lose? The most you will loose is 1/2 a pound a day (0.227 kilograms) or 3 1/2 pounds (1.58 kilograms) loss per week. You will have to have a really healthy metabolism to be able to lose that much. 

There are many factors that play into how much weight you will lose while fasting, including:

• Age

• Activity level

• Gender

• Metabolism

• Overall health

• Diet

• Stress level

These variables will determine if you are going to lose depending on if you are fasting or just doing the ketogenic diet or a combination of both.

To learn more about intermittent fastingplease see my Blog post, How Does Fasting Speed Up Weight Loss?

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video: How Much Weight Can I Lose When Fasting?

Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic. He focuses on educating people as a full time activity.

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